Michelle Nunn, the daughter of former U.S. Senator Sam Nunn, announced her bid for the Senate seat in the 2014 race earlier this summer. Polling earlier this month put her in a dead heat against possible match up with Rep. Paul Broun (R- GA 11) and Rep. Phil Gingrey (R- GA 10.) Nunn holds a slight lead over former Georgia secretary of state and former Komen Foundation leader, Karen Handel.
The CEO of the Points of Light Foundation, a volunteer non profit, is taking a leave of absence from the foundation for the Senate race. Nunn and her family have just completed a successful 10 city minivan tour of the state.
Not too soon after her announcement to join the race earlier this summer, Republicans wasted no time attempting to attach her to President Obama.
“An early Republican tactic has been to tie Nunn, a Democrat, to President Obama, whose disapproval numbers are high in Georgia. Not long after she announced her candidacy, Brad Dayspring, spokesman for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, made reference to “the Obama/Nunn agenda, and the ramifications that it has.”
Nunn said she was not aware of any such agenda.
“I’ve had the privilege of working with President George H.W. Bush for six years,” Nunn said. “So when they tie me to President Obama, whom I’ve only met once or twice, they’re not mentioning that I spent most of the last decade working in partnership with President Bush to get things done. That’s the spirit I want to convey to Georgians.”
And that’s not all… Georgia Republicans want to move up their primary date. More evidence she could be a real threat to the Right…
As scheduled, the additional spending and bleeding associated with a Republican death match would end Aug.6 next year. But the GOP plan currently under discussion would move the primary runoff date to mid-July, allowing more time for Republicans to pull themselves back together and replenish the winner’s campaign treasury before the November general election.
Kemp, the secretary of state, declined to discuss the private meeting with the governor – as did the other participants. But the secretary of state indicated that a mid-May primary date and July runoff were indeed on the table. “Logistically, it works for us. But it would take an act of the Legislature,” Kemp said.
This could shape up as an interesting race and Nunn could be a real winner for Georgia Democrats.