Separated by miles and job responsibilities, the two sons of Georgia Senate hopeful David Perdue could not be with their dad on Father's Day, so they sent him a message of support, according to this Perdue for Senate Facebook post on June 15, 2014. And it is probably a good thing that they did, as it helps paint the political outsider better than any costly ad campaign he could have funded. And it serves as a rebuke explanation to the June 16 Atlanta Journal-Constitution piece about Perdue "drawing on family ties" in his bid for the Senate seat.
Blake and David Perdue III said that due to their being unable to be with their father on the national holiday this past Sunday, they wanted to do something for him that would show him just how much they appreciate his role in their lives thus far. So they sent an email about their dad to his campaign supporters, which was also posted on the campaign's Facebook page.
The email is being read by more than those who will vote in the Georgia runoff on July 22 between Jack Kingston and Perdue for the GOP Senate nomination. And it appears to have been a smart move on the potential Senator's sons' part.
"Growing up in the Perdue family was an adventure," the adult males begin, detailing how their father worked for a manufacturing company and their mother was a teacher back then. They fast forward to when their dad was asked to open the first Sara Lee office in Asia, and how that was a challenge for them moving from Georgia to grow up outside the U.S., but how their father didn't abandon them to the culture diversity and confusion, at that time, despite having a job to do. Instead, they say their father stayed active in their lives while they were abroad.
No matter what new challenge he had accepted, dad always made time for the important things in life. He coached our sports teams, attended school events, and joined the family for weekend trips. He was even able to convince us that doing yard work and washing the cars were valuable lessons," the sons wrote.
David Perdue II ran his campaign on the position that all the other people vying for Georgia's open Senate seat vacated by retiring Senator Saxby Chambliss are career politicians, who he says are part of the Washington problem, as they have not been able to address the state's issues successfully in the decades since they have been holding political office. And they don't appear to know how to fix things now.
He believes that the fact that he has been successful outside the political realm, as a business man--including work done here and abroad--justifies why the Peach state's voters should give him a shot at tackling Georgia's economic and other issues. And he put out a clever early (somewhat radical) campaign ad showing his opponents as crying babies who didn't know what they were doing (even after years of doing it).
Now his competition is whittled down to House Rep. Jack Kingston, who he will face off against on July 22 for the GOP nomination, and who Newt Gingrich wants to win the job instead, according to a June 10 Newsmax interview.
In the earlier campaign ad, Perdue sought to reinforce his position that his opponents have all held public office in some form or capacity for decades, as has Kingston, and that they are still no closer to solving the state's issues than they were years ago, and that true responsible adult leadership is needed in Washington, with someone who knows what to do and will do it. And that someone needs to be an outsider to the political realm in Georgia.
His sons seem to agree, telling Georgia voters in their closing Father's Day letter Facebook post that, "If Georgians really get to know the man we know as dad--a man with unwavering character, commitment to family, morals, values and faith--then we have no doubt that he will be successful in this campaign. We know he is running for the right reasons and has the Georgia values that we need more of in Washington."