The NRSC has purchased five weeks of airtime entirely in Atlanta beginning Tuesday on behalf of businessman David Perdue (R). The committee hasn’t confirmed the buy, which was picked up by media trackers. It looks to be the first state in which the NRSC will go on air, despite purchases in Alaska ($2.66 million), North Carolina ($2.59 million), and Colorado ($2.2 million). (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
STREET CRED: Former nonprofit CEO Michelle Nunn’s (D) father, former Sen. Sam Nunn (D), is helping her navigate some of the topics he knows best on the trail: bipartisanship and military issues. Speaking at one campaign stop, Nunn called for a spirit of cooperation to be brought back to Washington. Her father echoed the comments, touting his own friendship with Bo Callaway during the Nixon and Ford administrations.
“Bo and I were terrific friends and worked together well, even though we had different views on some things,” Nunn said. “He was Secretary of the Army when I took over the Manpower Subcommittee (of the Senate Armed Services Committee) and we actually worked together to for a whole new brigade in the Army by working together to cut waste and inefficiencies. That’s the kind of spirit that seems to be too often missing today.” (Columbus Ledger-Enquirer)
At another stop, Nunn met with active duty troops and veterans to help pack boxes of food for families in need. The visit brought back memories for the older Nunn, who reminded the troops of his own focus on their issues while in office. “I spent a lot of time in my Senate career with the military. I spent a lot of time with these bases like the Albany Marine Base which is so important to our Marine Corp and national security.” (WALB)
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