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David Perdue in defense of Donald Trump -- though not by name

The article that U.S. Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., submitted to the Daily Signal speaks of chaos to come: “Why Washington’s Political Class Is Losing Control.”

The piece also includes a paragraph that, without naming him, could be interpreted as a timely defense of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, just when ranking GOP leaders are trying to stop the New York billionaire in Florida and Ohio. Writes Perdue:

This is a growing movement, and it is bigger than any one candidate or election victory. Unless the political establishment is willing to learn from the anger felt by millions of Americans who feel left behind, this will not end in November.


True to form, though, political elites prefer tearing down individuals to understanding what created this movement. This movement of Americans wants nothing to do with Washington, and neither endorsements nor criticisms are going to change that.

Mark your calendar for December. If Trump doesn’t make it to the White House, let’s see how David Perdue might expand on this thought.


When is a judicial challenge more than what it seems? Cobb County Judge Stephen Schuster says two attorney-challengers he'll have to face in a nonpartisan May contest are doing it in retaliation for his role in a criminal inquest into the county's juvenile court system. From the Daily Report: 

The candidates, Juvenile Court Judge Joanne Elizabeth Elsey and Marietta solo Cindie Alter, denied they jumped into the race in the final morning of qualifying March 11 for any reason beyond wanting to serve on the Superior Court bench.

They acknowledged they have been friends for 30 years but said they didn't coordinate their challenges. "It really was independent," said Elsey. "It's just coincidental that we'd both come to the same decision at the same point in our lives. We're about the same age so maybe that had something to do with it."

They are the first challengers Schuster is facing since he was first elected to the Superior Court in 2004.


This seems like the makings of a DeKalb County mailer. The fine people at GeorgiaPol.com revealed two questionable disclosures in DeKalb. The first involves District Attorney Robert James, who faces a challenge from solicitor Sherry Boston. From the post: 

First, Richard Hyde – of Mike Bowers/Richard Hyde fame investigating the County – contributed to Robert’s campaign in the middle of the DeKalb investigation (Robert was the focus of part of the investigation). See disclosure here:

Bowers/Hyde report was issued on September 30, 2015, which is two months after this contribution was made.

So while the District Attorney (among others) was being investigated by Hyde, he solicited (presumably), was given, and accepted, a contribution from the investigator. That’s odd at best.

GeorgiaPol.com also reported a timely disclosure from attorney Chris Chesnut, who represented the family of a veteran killed in a police shooting.


Microsoft, which has 300 employees in Georgia, has become the latest company to weigh in on H.B. 757, a “religious liberty” bill that has gone dormant in the last few weeks. From the letter sent over the signature of Frederick S. Humphries, Jr., Microsoft’s VP for government affairs:

Georgia has built a dynamic business climate, with a talented workforce, a growing economy, and a vibrant culture that values creativity and innovation. It continues to attract scores of entrepreneurs with its reputation for openness, for inclusivity, and for enabling all individuals to reach their full potential. Georgia should continue to protect and strengthen its enterprising environment and ensure that all Georgians will be treated fairly and equitably.

Unfortunately, HB 757 would do the opposite. It would replace Georgia’s reputation of openness and innovation with one of discrimination and intolerance. It would threaten Georgia’s efforts to attract entrepreneurs and grow its economy. In short, it would undermine Georgia’s standing as a great place to do business.


On the same topic, Republican strategist Eric Tanenblatt hasa forceful appeal to lawmakers within his party to abandon the "nonsense" arguments for religious liberty legislation. From the Saporta Report:

No Georgian should worry that their government, for reasons of sexuality or faith, will give license to others to discriminate. And yet today they do – and will, until this nonsense is quieted.

This debate has been a toxic one for some time, but it reached an appalling crescendo when the lobbyist for the Georgia Baptist Mission Board last week likened state lawmakers to Adolf Hitler.

How might such a comparison foster healthy dialogue on faith in the public square by comparing legislators to, in the words of one lawmaker, “the most despicable person ever to walk this Earth?” What example does that set for the children of Georgia?


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Tamar Hallerman is The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Washington correspondent, covering Congress, federal agencies and other government activities that impact Georgia.