Attention, attention! There’s an election coming up Tuesday. While the major race is on the Republican ticket to see who will face Democrat Michelle Nunn in November -- either David Perdue or Rep. Jack Kingston -- there are other races on both ballots.
On the Republican ballot, the quest in the runoff for state school superintendent is between Michael L. “Mike” Buck and Richard L. Woods. On the Democratic side it’s Alisha Thomas Morgan and Valarie D. Wilson. In the primary election held May 20, there were nine candidates on the Republican side who wanted to head up the state’s schools and six on the Democratic side. With the large field in the Republican primary for state superintendent, no candidate garnered 20 percent of the vote. Buck ending up with 19.5 percent and Woods at 16.7 percent. On the Democratic side, Morgan and Wilson were separated by just 7 percentage points with Wilson the top vote-getter.
But everyone knows the stakes in the race for the Republican Senate nomination. While the slugfest with competing ads has mainly been held in the Atlanta metro area, Middle Georgia has gotten a taste of the battle. In the primary election, Perdue won Bibb and Houston counties pretty handily. Statewide, Perdue received 30.64 percent of the vote compared to Kingston’s 25.8 percent.
Outside groups and the candidates themselves have been dropping big bombs and spending real money. Perdue has been attacked for his role as a businessman who, according to the Kingston campaign, raided companies and fired employees. And he’s been accused of being an ally of President Barack Obama. Kingston has been charged with being an out-of-touch Washington insider who is responsible for the mess we have in Washington.
Attack ads work because the voting public doesn’t want to do any homework. We mainly decide our choices based on little snippets of a candidate’s perceived personality. If you watch or listen to the attack ads coming from both sides, one would think neither is suitable for office. Back in May, in our endorsement of Perdue, we wrote: “The other candidate who is a breath of fresh air is David Perdue. He touts his business experience of rescuing Reebok and Dollar General. Perdue earned two degrees from Georgia Tech and could not be called a political ideologue. He would go to the Senate with a world view that is not based in political theory, but a practical, how-do-we-get-things-done attitude. He’s a Middle Georgian who knows the importance of the state’s military installations, particularly Robins Air Force Base. He’s caught fire from the other Republican for just suggesting that in order to get out of the budget mess that we need to look at raising revenue and making smart cuts.”
Our opinion of Perdue has not changed. The truth be known, something rarely talked about in politics, both men are very similar. However, we do need to shake up Washington. Congress’ approval numbers are in the toilet at 15 percent, according to Gallup. During the same week, Obama’s approval rating, while nothing to be proud of, stood at 42 percent.
Our nation is facing some big, hulking problems from immigration to debt and has been careening from crisis to crisis. While Perdue is not a total outsider, he’s not an insider either. It’s time to give a chance to another approach. We endorse David Perdue.