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Columbus, GA — The same week Teresa Tomlinson, candidate for U.S. Senate from Georgia, became the first Senate candidate in the country to air a television ad slamming President Trump, GA Governor Brian Kemp, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senator David Perdue for their disastrous response to the coronavirus crisis, CNN reports that Perdue is warning national Republicans that “the state of Georgia is in play” because “the Democrats have made it that way.”
In response to this news report, Tomlinson released the following statement:
‘A hit dog hollers.’ We spoke the truth in our television ad: David Perdue is an invisible Senator in a time of crisis, and it’s hurting Georgians. So, it’s no surprise he is sounding the political alarm about his re-election prospects. Perdue has enabled reckless responses to too many of our nation’s challenges, and now, that chaos has brought this pandemic to our doorstep. Voters will compare his record of ineptitude to my record of keeping a steady and trusted hand on the wheel of government as a Mayor, Public Safety Director and head of Homeland Security in one of the 25 Best Run Cities in America. David Perdue is right to be scared.”
Tomlinson’s comments came after CNN obtained a recorded statement of Georgia Senator David Perdue relaying his fears to Republican Party insiders. According to the CNN report, Perdue said:
“We have had our wake-up call in Georgia,” Perdue said, detailing the state’s recent electoral history of increasingly tight races. Perdue said he needs to win “twice the number of votes” than he did in his 2014 campaign to keep his seat due to the influx of new Democrats in Georgia. “The demographic moves against us. But we can still win this if we get out and make sure that all of our voters vote. That’s what this comes down to.”
The Republicans have been signaling their nervousness about Georgia since last year. The very first joint fundraising committee Trump entered into was with Perdue’s campaign. Recognizing the threat posed by an accomplished mayor like Tomlinson, the Republicans began targeting her last year, when they ran billboards attacking her.
Georgia is on the precipice of turning blue. We call on Democrats across the country to rally to our campaign and help us make David Perdue’s fears a reality.”