Attack of the Babies in Georgia Republican Senate Primary (Video)
Posted at 2:56 p.m. on May 9, 2014
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Kingston speaks to attendees at a law enforcement cookout in Georgia last month. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
Georgia Rep. Jack Kingston is up with a new TV ad targeting David Perdue, the front-runner for the Republican Senate nomination.
The ad uses the Perdue campaign’s baby imagery from previous ads to attack the former Dollar General and Reebok CEO’s past business dealings. Both are among the top three contenders, along with former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel, to advance beyond the May 20 primary into the runoff.
“Perdue chewed up businesses,” the narrator says, as a toddler eats cake. “8,000 jobs were lost, he took a million-dollar bonus, and also millions more from Obama’s stimulus.”
Perdue is running as the outsider in the race — it even says it on the RV he’s driving around the state — and attacked his opponents as crying babies in one of the earliest ads of the race. His ads featured four babies wearing onesies, each with the first name of a Senate candidate: Kingston, Handel and Reps. Phil Gingrey and Paul Broun. Gingrey also made fun of the ad in his own TV spot out this week.
Perdue has led the primary in recent polls, but no one is likely to eclipse 50 percent to avoid a July 22 runoff between the top two finishers. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has put several hundred thousand dollars behind ads supporting Kingston to help get him into the runoff.
They’re all vying for the seat of retiring Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss. The winner will likely face Democrat Michelle Nunn in a race rated Favored Republican by the Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.