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Meet the Freshmen: David Perdue
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Meet the Freshmen: David Perdue

What do Reebok, Pillowtex and Dollar General all have in common? A man by the name of David Perdue happened to serve as CEO of all three companies. Now, the State of Georgia can be added to that list, as David Perdue journeys to Washington, D.C. to serve Georgia in the United States Senate.

Perdue is not your conventional politician. In fact, he had never held elected office before he ran for the open Senate seat being vacated by incumbent U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss. The 2014 U.S. Senate election, which pitted Perdue against the daughter of a Georgia political icon, was at one point in time considered to be the Democrat’s opening into a political landscape so heavily titled against them. However, Sam Nunn’s daughter, Michelle, was unable to crack the Democrat’s curse that exists in the South.

Perdue’s business background and experience with major corporations will be an asset in the United States Senate. Unlike the liberal demagogues who defamed and demoralized Mitt Romney for being a businessman, the State of Georgia didn’t buy that shamed rhetoric. They instead opted to send a pragmatic, pro-Jobs problem solver to the United States Senate.

Nunn’s loss dealt a major blow to the Democrat’s hopes of recapturing the U.S. Senate. During the primary season, when Perdue was up against Congressmen Jack Kingston, Phil Gingrey, Paul Broun and former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel, polling showed any of the potential Republican candidates either tied or closely trailing behind Nunn. However, following the primary runoff between Perdue and Congressman Jack Kingston, the polls began shifting favorably towards Perdue.

David Perdue will deliver for Georgia, and he will deliver for the United States as a member of the Senate. Politics also runs in Perdue’s blood. He is the first cousin of former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue. David Perdue is a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology, and he and his wife Bonnie have two children and reside in Macon, Georgia.

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