The bombshell memo frets Nunn “can come across as a “lightweight,” “too liberal” and not a “real Georgian.” While she served as CEO for the Points of Light Foundation, the organization gave grants to “inmates” and “terrorists,” it says. And it warns her Senate campaign must feature images of her and her family “in rural settings with rural-oriented imagery” because the Atlanta-based candidate will struggle to connect with rural voters.”
“From all appearances, the document was intended to remain confidential,” the Review writes. “It outlines the challenges inherent in getting Nunn, who grew up mostly in Bethesda, Md., elected to the Senate in a state with a large rural population. Her father, Sam Nunn, was elected to the Senate when she was six, and Michelle Nunn attended Washington’s prestigious National Cathedral School and then the University of Virginia and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government before returning to Georgia to do nonprofit work and, now, to seek higher office.”
“The memos express concern that Nunn, who lives in an upper-class Atlanta neighborhood, will struggle to appeal to voters outside of the city. A document from the direct-mail firm Ambrosino Muir Hansen Crounse recommends sending small postcards featuring ‘Michelle and her family in rural settings with rural-oriented imagery’ to ‘combat the notion that she is an Atlanta-based candidate uninterested in, or unfamiliar with, the rural parts of the state.’”
The document also makes reference to a 2010 audit that concluded Points of Light’s accounting system was “not adequate to account for federal funds.”
IRS Form 990s filed by Points of Light in 2008 and 2011 show it gave more than $33,000 to the Islamic Relief USA charity, an arm of Islamic Relief Worldwide. The magazine says the parent group’s website says the two groups share “a common vision, mission and family identity.”
“Islamic Relief Worldwide has ties to Hamas, which the U.S. designates as a terrorist organization. In June, Israel banned the charity from operating in the country because, according to Israeli officials, it was funneling cash to Hamas,” writes National Review.
In addition, it reports that the parent group’s country director in Palestine met in April 2012 with Dr. Omar Shalah, who it says is “a leader of the terror group Islamic Jihad … (and) the brother of Ramadan Shalah, the leader of Islamic Jihad.”
The strategists quoted in her memo predicted the media would not scrutinize Nunn’s record or campaign very closely — and that the campaign would get a heads-up from the media if any such reports were in the offing.
“They anticipate they will often have ‘fair warning’ about negative news stories and can work to ‘kill or muddy’ them,” the Review writes.
At which point the Review quotes Kennesaw State University political science professor Dr. Kerwin Swint.
“‘I would love to know what kind of already-formed relationships they have in Atlanta and even in the national media that they’re planning on using as sources and conduits of information,’” Swint says. “‘It’s certainly interesting to see it in writing like that.’”
To read the story — and report — in full, go to www.nationalreview.com/article/383894/michelle-nunns-campaign-plan-eliana-johnson.
LATE Metro Ambulance founder Bo Pounds is surely smiling at the news in Saturday’s MDJ that Cobb EMC has begun mailing refund checks to its 175,000 members for “capital credits” in the wake of the class-action lawsuit he and former Cobb Commissioner Butch Thompson filed against the utility back in 2010. A $98 million settlement, the largest-such settlement in county history, was reached on Feb. 25. The suit claimed that $286 million should have been returned to members (i.e., customers) but was kept instead by the electric co-op.
It’s likely the soon-to-arrive checks will be the only monetary compensation Pounds and Thompson receive in the case, despite the thousands of dollars they coughed up in attorney fees.
FORMER Smyrna Councilman Pete Wood’s memoir of mid-century Smyrna, “The Paper Boy,” sold out soon after its initial printing in 2006. It is now being reprinted, with delivery expected by mid-November. Cost of obtaining a new copy is $55 for pickup or $60 by mail. Make checks payable to Pete Wood and mail to Pete Wood, 371 Havilon Way, SE, Smyrna, 30082 by Aug. 30. For info, call Lillie Wood at (770) 435-1439.
A big round of congratulations to retired Chattahoochee Tech President Dr. Harlon Crimm and wife JoAnn, who celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary over the weekend.
NOT ONLY did David Perdue win 10 of the state’s 14 congressional districts in last Tuesday’s GOP senatorial primary runoff against Rep. Jack Kingston, he also “ran the tables” in vote-rich Cobb County.
Analysis of the numbers shows Perdue won all three congressional districts that include parts of Cobb. District 6, of Rep. Tom Price (R-Roswell), gave Perdue 55 percent of its votes. District 11, of Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Marietta), gave Perdue 54 percent and District 13, of Rep. David Scott (D-Atlanta), gave Perdue 58 percent.
The Cobb portion of Price’s district favored Perdue by the same percentage (55 percent) as the district overall. In the 11th, Perdue won all four portions of the district. He got 53 percent of the vote in the Cobb precincts, 52 percent in Bartow, 55 percent in Cherokee and 58 percent in Fulton.
Zeroing in even further with our post-election microscope, and taking a look at how selected local House Districts voted, we see that Perdue won Rep. Earl Ehrhart’s west Cobb District 36 (51 to 49); won Rep. Rich Golick’s HD 40 in Smyrna/Vinings (57 to 43); won Rep. Sharon Cooper’s east Cobb HD 43 (57 to 43) and won Rep. Matt Dollar’s east Cobb HD 45 (56 to 44).
Gingrey’s district cast about 53,000 votes in the Senate runoff, the highest turnout of any of the state’s 14 districts. Price’s district generated about 47,000 votes and Scott’s heavily Democratic district about 20,000.
WHAT’S a congressional endorsement worth these days? Not much, apparently.
Georgia has nine Republican Congressmen, including Kingston, and seven of the other eight (all except Rep. Tom Graves of Ranger of northwest Georgia) endorsed Kingston in the runoff. But most of their constituents were not listening. Seven of those eight districts voted for Perdue, the only exception being that of Rep. Austin Scott in south Georgia.
COBB, as usual, led the way in turnout during last week’s runoff. The county generated 47,218 votes in the senate runoff, roughly 10 percent of the statewide total of 483,385 votes. Coming in second place was Gwinnett with 38,318 votes, followed by Fulton (30,777), Cherokee (19,182) and DeKalb (17,865). Those five counties totaled just under a third (32 percent) of the statewide turnout in that race.
MORE POLITICS: Friends of Lisa Cupid will host a “bagel brief” fundraiser for the Southwest Cobb District 4 member of the Cobb Board of Commissioners at 8 a.m. Friday at Copeland’s of New Orleans, 3101 Cobb Parkway. Hosts are Nicholas B. Telesca, Kim Gresh, Bob Prillaman, James A. Balli, Derrick Barker and Wayne Blackstone.