David Perdue (AP/Phil Sears)

The right's Georgia disaster: How outsourcer David Perdue could really blow it

The DSCC is dumping cash into Georgia, one of the few potentially bright spots on Dems' Senate map


Jim Newell
October 15, 2014 4:30PM (UTC)

Update on the Democratic party's hopes of retaining control of the Senate: Yikes! I mean, yikes. Colorado and Iowa, which weren't supposed to be big problems a couple of months ago, are turning red; the bright spot that was Sen. Kay Hagan's lead in North Carolina is diminishing, not-fun-but-possibly-Democratic-caucusing independent Greg Orman is losing his lead in Kansas, and Arkansas, Louisana, Alaska, Montana, and West Virginia all remain Terrible. It is time for the Democratic Senatorial Committee to make decisions, with money. And the ones they're making seem to be pretty smart.

The DSCC and the Senate Majority PAC are now off the air in Kentucky. Sounds like a plan. Plenty of money's been spent there already, and while Grimes has not "disqualified" herself per se, the DSCC shouldn't feel obligated to go out of its way helping someone who can't help herself.

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Where's money going now? To South Dakota, for starters, where an actual worthwhile Democratic Senate candidate is closing in.

And then there's Georgia, where David Perdue's constant chatter about how much he loves outsourcing jobs appears to be... hurting?... his image with voters? Who'd have believed it.

A couple of weeks ago, a 2005 deposition surfaced in which Perdue talked about how he's spent "most of [his] career" outsourcing. He went on to describe how, among other things, his work as a consultant setting up American footwear factories in third-world countries. When asked shortly thereafter how he'd defend himself, he said he was "proud" of his work. The New York Times fleshed out further bits from the Pillowtex bankruptcy lawsuit deposition, like the part where Perdue "expresses more concern with his own financial security than with the tanking business and the 7,600 jobs that were going down with it."

It's always helpful for a campaign when hundreds of smoking-gun pages of rapacious capitalist ravings from your rapacious capitalist opponent surface. It sort of ties the whole thing together. We recently suggested that these revelations could turn the otherwise sleepy, pathetic Georgia general election into a the most interesting race on the map. That's still the case.

Perdue is still leading in the Real Clear Politics poll average, but the trend in recent polls -- including the most recent, which shows the race tied -- is clear. And a couple of days ago, Nunn's campaign released yet another ad, this one incorporating the "proud" response.

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And now, there's this:

National Democrats are reserving $1 million more for ads in Georgia, where they see the Senate race moving in their direction thanks to attacks against Republican David Perdue’s record of outsourcing.

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has pumped in $800,000 for the ads, to start airing Wednesday for two weeks in Atlanta, the state’s biggest media market, and is in the process of snapping up another $200,000, sources told POLITICO.

It would make little sense for the DSCC to keep plunking down more and more dollars in states where nothing's happening. Things -- things! -- are happening in South Dakota and Georgia. I mean, just look at this guy, Perdue, in Georgia. He's awful. You've got to beat him. And then you have to somehow claw back and win in Iowa, and Colorado, and hold North Carolina... there is a lot of stuff for the Democrats to do.


Jim Newell

Jim Newell covers politics and media for Salon.

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