As I posted on the PJ Tatler last May, Michelle Nunn is no heavyweight candidate. While being the daughter of former Sen. Sam Nunn may giver name recognition in Georgia, it hardly puts the state in play. For one, she’s a political neophyte. She’s firmly entrenched on the liberal wing of her state’s Democratic Party – which has no money.
Now, if Congressman John Barrow would’ve tossed his hat into the ring, then it’s a different ballgame. Nonetheless, it seemed that Nunn gave mixed signals as to whether she would stand aside. Barrow – to his credit – balked at the idea of running a rather bloody primary campaign against Nunn. Granted, he probably would’ve won, albeit bloodied and bruised a la Sen. Blanch Lincoln of Arkansas in 2010. She survived a grueling primary challenge from the more progressive Arkansas Lt. Gov Bill Halter, but lost in a landslide to John Boozman.
Nevertheless, Nunn announced her intention to run, which prompted this response from the NRSC’s Communications Director Brad Dayspring:
Most red state Democrats are afraid to embrace President Obama and the liberal agenda that comes with it, but Michelle Nunn proudly does so – even as recently as a week ago – because those are her values. Those who know Michelle Nunn agree that politically she is a liberal in the mold of Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama who supports ObamaCare, higher taxes, and a bigger more invasive government. It takes more than just family ties to get elected to the Senate and we look forward to a robust debate about the Obama/Nunn agenda and the ramifications that it has on middle-class families and women in Georgia
Nunn also has a money problem. The Georgia Democratic Party is the reason why she’ll have to look outside the state for cash. A route will be surely criticized by Republicans – and rightfully so. According to Georgia Tip Sheet’s July 29 post:
The Democratic Party of Georgia closed out the month of June owing more to its staff and consultants than it had banked, according to new disclosures filed with the federal campaign finance authorities.
The party’s June fundraising report to the Federal Election Commission, filed last week, showed the party had raised little more than $56,000 during the 30-day period and was positioned to enter July with only $22,000 in cash on hand.
Its war chest had increased by roughly half month-over-month during the term, but the meager tally was still eclipsed by the amount it owed in outstanding debts to vendors. According to the report, Democrats were more than $32,000 in the red.
Fundraising receipts for the Georgia Republican Party, meanwhile, showed it had raised $102,000 and ended the same period with $570,000 in cash on hand.
Roll Call listed the Georgia Democrats as one of the most “dysfunctional” political organizations in the country.
After 2010, the party fell on tough times — Democrats no longer held any statewide offices. In June, Chairman Mike Berlon stepped down from leading the cash-strapped party after the state bar association temporarily suspended his law license and the Georgia Supreme Court reprimanded him for work with a private client.