Ex-governor's cousin eyes Senate race

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 3:14 PM
Last updated 6:52 PM
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Former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue stumped on Tuesday for a cousin considering a run for the U.S. Senate.

“David (Perdue) is strongly considering a run for U.S. Senate,” Sonny Perdue wrote Tuesday in a email sent to supporters. “I believe he is exactly what our state and our nation needs — someone that can take his expertise to Washington, fix some big problems, and then return home. Isn’t that what the Founders intended?”

The governor noted in the email that David Perdue is his first cousin and former CEO of Dollar General.

The Senate seat Perdue is considering is up for election next year. Current Sen. Saxby Chambliss announced earlier this year his intent to retire.

Already declaring their candidacies for Chambliss’ seat are congressmen Paul Broun, R-Athens, Phil Gingrey, R-Marietta, and Jack Kingston, R-Savannah.

Sonny Perdue said his cousin approached him “a few months ago” about his desire to seek the Senate seat.

“The passion and concern for our children’s future with which he spoke was inspiring,” Sonny Perdue wrote. “I immediately knew that he was desperately needed in Washington, D.C.”

The governor touted David Perdue’s business success as qualification for him to serve in the Senate.

“If we truly want to change Washington, we have to change the kind of people we are sending there,” wrote Perdue. “If we want to fix the economy and create jobs, we need to elect people who actually know how the private sector works. If we want to get the outrageous debt and spending under control, we can’t expect professional politicians who only worry about re-election to make tough decisions.”

Perdue then urged his supporters to also support his cousin.

“If you will join me in encouraging and supporting David, we can shock the political establishment and begin to change Washington for the better,” he wrote.


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