We congratulate the local winners (11th District Congressman-elect Barry Loudermilk of Cartersville, House District 22 winner Wes Cantrell and new Cherokee Commissioner Scott Gordon) and console the losers.
We also congratulate businessman David Perdue, who eked out a hair’s-breadth victory over fellow Republican Jack Kingston in the state GOP senatorial primary. Perdue spent more than $3 million of his own money in his pursuit of the nomination.
Job 1 for Georgia Republicans at this point is to begin healing their fractured party. And Kingston took a big step in that direction on election night, pledging in no uncertain terms to help Perdue win this fall.
And as former Georgia Party Chairwoman Sue Everhart said, “Republicans will do what they usually do. The ones that it really didn’t matter, who said ‘I like Jack better,’ they will be just as enthused for Perdue. Then there will be those of us that say any Republican is better than no Republican.”
Perdue’s foe this fall will be Democratic nominee Michelle Nunn of Atlanta.
As many have noted, Ms. Nunn has had a “free ride” thus far this political season. As the daughter of former U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn (D-Ga.), she was the Democrats’ anointed candidate almost before the campaign began and coasted through that party’s primary with only token opposition.
She also has been allowed by the state’s major media in Atlanta to portray herself as a political “moderate,” when indications are that she is in fact a liberal who will be quite comfortable acting as a dependable vote for the Obama/Harry Reid agenda.
Perdue’s most important task, once he catches his breath from the runoff, thus will be to begin defining what Nunn really stands for rather than allowing her to continue to present herself to voters as the candidate she would like them to think she is.