Georgia Republican Party Chairman John Padgett issued a press release today demanding that Michelle Nunn, the Democratic U.S. Senate candidate, publicly rejects any fundraising efforts from the Obama Administration, in light of the omission of the Port of Savannah project funding in President's 2015 budget proposal.
Nunn filed her official paperwork for the Senate seat earlier today.
"In an election year, Georgians expect to hear fresh ideas from candidates looking to move our state forward," Padgett in a statement. "What Georgia voters did not expect was for job creation and economic development efforts to be stalled for the sake of political gamesmanship. The manipulation of Michelle Nunn by the Obama Administration is bad for our citizens, bad for our economy, and bad for our state's future.
"If Michelle Nunn is serious about serving the people of Georgia - not President Obama - in the United States Senate, she should publicly reject all fundraising efforts and campaign expenditures from the Administration and their political action groups. If she cannot make that simple vow, Mrs. Nunn is clearly unfit to serve and should not qualify today."
Vice President Joe Biden visited Nunn on Tuesday, March 4, for a fundraiser. On the same day, the White House released President's budget that did not include funding to deepen the Savannah Harbor.
The cost of the project is $662 million and Biden promised the administration's support in September of 2013 when he visited Georgia coast.
Nunn released her own statement about the issue, using it to underline her non-political views on how government should work.
"During my visit with the Vice President, I talked to him about the importance of the Port of Savannah expansion project and shared my disappointment that the administration was not allowing the project to move forward," said Nunn. "It’s the latest example of how Washington isn’t working. Everyone across the political spectrum agrees this is critical for job creation and our long-term economic growth. But at the last hour, government bureaucracy in Washington and red tape have stalled the project from getting off the ground."
The U.S. Senate seat in Georgia will be vacated by retiring Republican Saxby Chambliss at the end of his current term. Democrats view the vacancy as a chance to strengthen their fragile majority in the upper chamber.