Nunn Running as the Political Outsider in Georgia

She criticizes a provision of Obamacare in her latest ad.

National Journal
Andrea Drusch
April 22, 2014, 9:11 a.m.

As the daugh­ter of power­ful former Sen­ate Armed Ser­vices Com­mit­tee Chair­man Sam Nunn, Michelle Nunn is hardly a polit­ic­al out­sider. But she’s try­ing to ag­gress­ively dis­tance her­self from the na­tion’s cap­it­al in her cam­paign’s second ad.

In the spot, she calls for ban­ning mem­bers of Con­gress from ever be­com­ing lob­by­ists, la­ments con­gres­sion­al grid­lock, and at­tacks the con­gres­sion­al sub­sidy con­tained in Pres­id­ent Obama’s health care law.

“I don’t think con­gress­men should get paid un­less they pass a budget, and no one in Con­gress should get a sub­sidy to pay for their own health­care,” she says in the ad.

Nunn’s own party af­fil­i­ation is not­ably ab­sent from the spot, as she’s been run­ning as a cent­rist in hopes of fa­cing a very con­ser­vat­ive Re­pub­lic­an chal­lenger. (The Geor­gia Sen­ate primary is on May 20, and a run­off would be held Ju­ly 20.) Her first ad showed her with former Pres­id­ent George H.W. Bush at Points of Light Found­a­tion.

Nunn’s cri­ti­cism of both Con­gress and lob­by­ists are part of her “five ways to fix Wash­ing­ton” plan she’s been cam­paign­ing on. Her strategy to run as an out­sider could be an ef­fect­ive con­trast if she faces one of the three Re­pub­lic­an con­gress­men — Reps. Jack King­ston, Phil Gin­grey, and Paul Broun — vy­ing for the GOP nom­in­a­tion to run against her.