By Larry Stanford
Several hundred supporters turned out Friday night at Bickley’s Lake to enjoy a low country boil and rally with U. S. Senate Republican candidate David Perdue. Known as “the outsider” in the Republican primary, Perdue’s background includes being CEO of Reebok and Dollar General, but having no direct political experience. Still, “the outsider” led the Republican primary with 30.64 percent of the vote, and is in the July 22 runoff with former Congressman Jack Kingston.
Joining David Perdue at the rally was his more well-known cousin, former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue, who introduced him. Governor Perdue related that his father and David Perdue’s father were brothers born into a family of eight children, who were raised on a family farm in Bonaire. The former governor said he and and his cousin got their values from their parents. He said a different kind of person is needed in Washington, one who can come up with solutions instead of adding to the problems. He said his cousin has the business background needed to make the changes necessary.
David Perdue told the audience that the voters are to blame for the problems in Washington, but that voters keep sending the same people back, and that spending is out of control. Perdue said it is time to send someone to Washington who is willing not to get re-elected. He said his number one issue is the enormous debt and the economy, and his number two issue is education.
Perdue said his generation is leaving a mess for their children, and he doesn’t want to do that. He said he is not going up to Washington to make friends, but to make changes. He urged his supporters to get out and urge others to vote in what is usually a low turnout runoff election, adding that if voters want different results in Washington, they need to send a different person.
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