“The oldest rule in politics and in life is: you can’t have it both ways,” he said. “You can’t say ‘I might’ and say ‘I might not’ and expect the people of Georgia to believe it one way or another. You’ve got to ultimately declare what you’re going to do.”
He is comments in response to something said Thursday by Nunn, the Democratic nominee to replace Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., who is retiring. She met with reporters after a debate with Republican nominee David Perdue and hinted that she might not back Reid for re-election to the post that has made the Nevada Democrat a partisan lightning rod.
“I look forward to changing the composition in the leadership of the Senate,” Nunn said. “...I will vote for the Democratic leader that I think best represents our capacity to get things done and move things forward.”
Moments earlier, Perdue had accused her of seeking to become a rubber stamp for Reid.
Isakson said he is personally supporting Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.
But McConnell has drawn his own critics, especially among the conservative wing of the GOP. When Perdue was running for the Republican nomination, he promised to support elbowing McConnell away from the helm.
However, once he got the nod by winning a runoff last month, he reportedly flew to Washington to meet with McConnell and the rest of the Republican leadership and promise to tone down the rhetoric.
Tuesday, after Isakson’s comments in an interview with Morris News, Perdue’s press secretary did offer blandishment.
“Right now, David is focused on winning this election to best represent the people of Georgia and help regain the Republican majority in the U.S. Senate,” said Megan Whittemore, Perdue’s press secretary.
Nunn and Perdue are both first-time candidates who are basing their campaigns on being outsiders. But Isakson, who will become the senior senator in January, has been a legislator, a congressman and chaired the state school board, offered a seasoned political observation.
“As a candidate for office, you ought to declare who you are going to support of the candidates running,” he said, noting that no candidates have announced to challenge either Reid or McConnell. “...Eventually you have to play your hand. You can’t have it both ways forever.”
Amanda Swafford, the Libertarian nominee, says it’s premature to talk about it anyway.
“The November 4 elections are still 10 weeks away. I can tell you that I most certainly would not be voting for Harry Reid. To vote for Reid would be the same as voting for the status quo which is a gridlocked Congress,” she said.