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Old-time Democrats, like the gentleman on the front seat, came out for a mid-day political rally to show their support for Michelle Nunn, the daughter of Sam Nunn, who served 24 years in the U.S. Senate and was one of the last southern conservative Democrats. Michelle Nunn is now running to represent Georgia in the U.S. Senate. She would be the state’s first woman senator.
The name Nunn still draws a Democrat crowd, even in this area of North Georgia identified as solid conservative Republican and TEA Party territory.
Michelle Nunn, the daughter of the former long-serving Democrat Senator Sam Nunn, was at the Community Center Thursday and more than few people came to say they had always respected her father and wanted to shake her hand as she campaigned for a U.S. Senate seat herself.
Forty to fifty people attended the mid-day meet and greet, a surprising number for a political rally at that time of day and more so since it was a Democratic candidate. Once the dominant political party throughout the south, a local party member confided at the meeting that they were having problems drafting enough warm bodies to fill needed roles in their local organization.
Nunn said she had been on a multi-day driving trip around the state with her husband and kids. She allowed her kids to make use of the community center basketball courts while she spoke saying they had already heard her several times.
Nunn, originally from Perry, has worked as the CEO of Points of Light (the largest volunteer service organization in nation) since it merged with Hands On in 2007. Nunn and a group of friends founded Hands On, a national volunteer service organization, after they graduated from college. She had worked there since its founding.
“I have always believed we can work together to get things done,” she told the crowd supporters Thursday. “I am sure we could use a lot more of that in Washington.”
From traveling the state and talking with voters, Nunn said jobs are clearly the biggest issue on peoples’ minds. Investing in infrastructure, simplifying the tax code and insuring equal pay for equal work are the keys to economic activity, she said.
She noted that China and Europe spend twice as much as the U.S. on infrastructure. She also emphasized that “getting government out of the way” with a simpler tax code and lower corporate taxes would increase productivity and expand job opportunities.
Nunn said education is an area where change is needed. She stressed that “every kid in Georgia should be given an equal chance to succeed.”
Many of the questions posed to Nunn centered on the environment. Nunn affirmed that she accepts climate change is manmade and needs to be addressed and she is a supporter of solar and green energies. She said her willingness to accept what 97 percent of the scientists say in regards to a warming climate differs from her GOP rivals. She will face the winner of the Jack Kingston and David Perdue runoff in the November general election.
Responding to a question of how she would get things done in Washington, Nunn said she will strive to meet with all the other 99 senators, one-on-one, during her first year and seek some common ground.
Another question was whether she is tough enough to endure a campaign, which will certainly attract a great deal of national attention and spending and will likely be dirty. Nunn responded that when she first announced her candidacy, the Georgia senate seat was considered a safe GOP seat; that was later moved to “leans Republican” and now is considered a toss up.