Georgia Democrat Michelle Nunn, daughter of former U.S. Senator Sam Nunn (D-Ga), is running for U.S. Senate as a centrist Democrat, a position that has been drawing attention from some Republican business owners according to a Thursday report by Bloomberg, in the aftermath of the rather unpopular government shutdown,
The Standard &Poor's determined that the 16-day long partial federal shutdown cost U.S. economy around $24 billion.
“The vast majority of Americans say they don’t want the government to shut down, they want middle ground,” said John Wieland, of John Wieland Homes and Neighborhoods Inc., a Republican donor who has contributed to Nunn's campaign along with his wife. “Michelle understands that middle ground, and that’s why we wrote the checks.”
The Republican field of candidates for the Senate seat includes two frontrunners, Reps. Phil Gingrey and Paul Broun, who were both very outspoken in their support of the federal shutdown to repeal or delay the Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare).
The two conservatives will face at least six other candidates, setting up a long, costly and most likely brutal Republican primary.
Bloomberg reports that Nunn also received donations from Jim Cox Kennedy, of Cox Enterprises Inc., who gave $5,000 to the Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in 2012 and over $30,000 to the Republican National Committee (RNC) that same year.
In addition, Tom Cousins, of Cousins Properties Inc., donated $5,200 to Nunn's campaign, while in 2012 he gave $50,800 to the RNC and $5,000 to Romney.
Nunn is a well known figure to Georgia business community because of her work as the CEO of the Points of Light Foundation, a non-profit volunteer organization started by Republican George W.H. Bush.
Jim Geiger, of Cbeyond Inc. (CBEY), also a Republican, worked with Nunn in the charitable sector, and based on that experience, as well as the need for business-friendly Senators, he is supporting the Democrat.
Geiger is scheduled to host a fundraiser for the Democratic candidate towards the end of the year, and the event is expected to draw quite a few wealthy Republican donors.
Nunn is the daughter of former Senator Sam Nunn, who as a conservative Democrat broke with his party at times, especially when it came to fiscal issues; he was in favor of a balanced budget amendment and against raising taxes. He served in the U.S. Senate for 24 years before retiring in 1997.
Nunn is running to replace Republican Saxby Chambliss, who will retire at the end of his term in 2014.
This would be the first public office position for the 46 years old wife of Ron Martin Jr., and mother to son Vinson, 11 and daughter Elizabeth, 9.