Russ Walker

This Republican Senate candidate wants to raise your taxes

David Perdue

David Perdue is poised to make the runoff in the Georgia Republican Senate primary, according to recent polls. He’s managed to put his name on the map through his personal largess, dropping nearly $2 million of his own money into his campaign, and quickly become the darling of the state party establishment. He’s saturated the media market, running four television ads to raise his name identification, and, as noted, that strategy has paid off.

But Perdue, the former CEO of Dollar General and Reebok, has come under scrutiny in recent days. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Perdue, cousin of former Gov. Sonny Perdue (R-GA), has never voted in a general primary in Georgia. Whether Perdue’s camp wants to acknowledge it or not, that’s a red flag, but it’s not the only one that has been raised in the past week.

On Wednesday, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that Perdue, in an interview with another local paper, floated the idea of “revenue increases” (hint: that’s a code word for tax hikes) to address the United States’ economic woes.

“Is it better to try to get out of the ditch by curbing the growth of spending or increasing revenue?” a Macon Telegraph editorial board member asked Perdue.

“Both,” Perdue replied.

“And that’s a euphemism for some kind of tax increase, of course,” the editorial board member noted.

MS Senate: Conservative groups blast Thad Cochran on spending, decades in Washington

Thad Cochran

Two influential conservative groups, Club for Growth Action and FreedomWorks for America, unveiled separate ads yesterday taking aim at Sen. Thad Cochran’s (R-MS) horrible record on spending and the decades he’s spent in Washington, D.C.

The stakes have been raised in Mississippi in recent days. Cochran unveiled an ad taking aim at his Republican primary opponent, Chris McDaniel, over disaster relief funding for the Gulf Coast, including Mississippi. But these conservative groups, both of which are backing McDaniel’s campaign, have taken aim at Cochran.

In what’s described as a “large, six-figure ad buy,” Club for Growth Action points out that Cochran, who has served in Congress since 1973, voted for President Jimmy Carter’s expansion of federal education and President George H.W. Bush’s tax hikes.

“Today,” says the narrator, “Cochran votes with Obama to raise the national debt by trillions. Thad Cochran — five decades in Washington is enough.”

Thad Cochran in 2008: Obama won’t be so bad

Thad Cochran

Conservative organizations supporting Chris McDaniel, an insurgent conservative candidate running for U.S. Senate in Mississippi, seizing comments made by Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) in 2008 about then-candidate Barack Obama.

Cochran, who is being challenged in the primary by McDaniel, told a Mississippi paper that students he had spoken to before the 2008 election were “surprised” when he said he “really like[s] both the candidates very much” and “thought we would be well served however the election comes out.” The candidates Cochran referenced were Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and then-Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL).

After a follow-up question by the paper’s editorial board about those “who think it will be a disaster for the country if Obama was elected,” Cochran focused on the 2008 Democratic Party’s nominee personal qualities, adding that he thought Obama would do “an excellent job.”


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