David Perdue on Dan Moody: He is ‘one of us’

Sen. David Perdue endorsed Republican Dan Moody in Georgia’s 6th District.

U.S. Sen. David Perdue endorsed Republican Dan Moody in Georgia’s special election contest, and a 30-second ad that features him explaining why will be plastered across Atlanta’s airwaves starting Tuesday.

Perdue, who won his U.S. Senate seat in 2014 running as an outsider, stares directly into the camera to say he was elected to “fix a broken system with a new president who isn’t afraid to shake things up.”

“We finally have a real chance. Trust me, we don’t need another career politician up here,” said Perdue. “Dan Moody cares more about getting results than getting credit. That’s so uncommon and exactly what we need. Dan’s one of us.”

Moody, a former state senator and businessman, entered the race to represent the suburban Atlanta district in February with support from much of the political network helmed by Perdue and his first cousin, former Gov. Sonny Perdue. But scattered polls show him trailing other Republicans in the crowded field for the April 18 election to succeed Tom Price.

 


 

Moody has positioned himself throughout the campaign as a “quiet” leader ready to get his hands dirty in Washington. His first ad, which debuted earlier this month, put an exclamation mark on that message: It showed him trailing braying donkeys and harrumphing elephants with a shovel.

This ad takes a different tack with a message directly from Perdue, the latest high-profile political figure to weigh in on the race.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio have both endorsed ex-state Sen. Judson Hill. Former U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss backs Karen Handel. And Democrat Jon Ossoff has lined up support from much of his party’s political establishment in Atlanta and Washington.

But Moody’s supporters hope Perdue’s endorsement will resonate more. He performed well in the Sixth District, which stretches from east Cobb to north DeKalb, narrowly falling to Handel in the GOP U.S. Senate primary three years ago.

And Perdue remains one of the most popular Republican figures in the state, someone who has embraced President Donald Trump while also burnishing the jean-jacketed outsider appeal he fostered during the campaign despite two years in public office.

“In politics, there are endorsements and there are endorsements,” Moody said. “This is an endorsement with a capital E and I couldn’t be prouder to have David’s support.”

Moody is one of 11 Republicans – and 18 candidates overall – on the ballot. The top two vote-getters, regardless of party, will square off in June 20 runoff and Republicans increasingly concede Ossoff will land one of the spots.

The district has long been a Republican stronghold. But Trump’s struggles in the area, along with Ossoff’s surprising rise, have given Democrats hope they can flip the seat.

Watch the ad here:

More AJC coverage of the Sixth District race:

Republicans, Democrats target Ossoff in Georgia special election

In Tom Price’s backyard, a Republican split over healthcare

How outside forces play an outsized role in Georgia’s 6th District race

Bob Gray’s pro-Trump credentials under fire

Ad blitz for Georgia’s Sixth District race already tops $3.7M

House GOP health care plan divides Sixth District candidates

Jon Ossoff rattles conservatives in race for Georgia’s Sixth

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120 comments
Lee Duke
Lee Duke

SLIMEBALL! Creepy-eyed snake!

Juan Pablo Valente
Juan Pablo Valente

So Mr. Moody is one of us Sen Perdue? He worth millions and dumping millions in like you to buy the race? Does he too live in a gated community within a gated community like you? Get real Canadian tuxedo Dave.... glad to see you are hiding from the people you claim to be apart of....

Cathy Bloom Bouxsein
Cathy Bloom Bouxsein

It seems to me that Perdue votes for anyone who gives him money. Betsy DeVos? Yep. That was appalling. And there are more. Round heels.

Maureen DeLong Beamer
Maureen DeLong Beamer

He's got time to make a commercial but not enough time to meet with his constituents

Alex Fraser
Alex Fraser

One off us? You mean a low life scum bag\U0001f602\U0001f602

Herb Congram
Herb Congram

Yeah, but we don't want more of "you"! Used to be that voting Republican gave confidence that the purse strings would be looked after. Then I grew up and realized that Republican Presidents and Congressman cost me more than Democrats do.

Rich Arrington
Rich Arrington

He's "one of you" is why I wouldn't vote for him.

Randy Hellard
Randy Hellard

He is one of us, what does that mean a millionaire bigot rascist flip the sixth all the way thru 2018 the American people have had enough

Kathy Mims
Kathy Mims

Precisely why we don't want him.

Priscilla Lemieux
Priscilla Lemieux

One of us?? An old white guy?? A dying part of the American population.

Ann Woody
Ann Woody

One of us VS One of them. Dog whistle for sure. Makes me sick.

Leon Jackson
Leon Jackson

No David, we don't need another old man from Georgia in Washington.

Amanda Chapman Howard
Amanda Chapman Howard

Please. Perdue has been missing in action for weeks. Now he wants to influence his constituents? He appeared to ignore us with the the DeVos nomination.

Doug Rogers
Doug Rogers

Anyone with a heart beat in Georgia should know the whole Perdue family is a bunch of crooks and conmen.

Mike Sims
Mike Sims

Worst ad ever. "One of us." Who got paid to write that awful line?

Sandra Lord-Drakes
Sandra Lord-Drakes

What does 'one of us' really mean? Dog whistle for supremacist it appears.

John Guzzardo
John Guzzardo

"One of us" what are we now the rebooted jocks and nerds in high school???

Johnny Eads
Johnny Eads

Republicans are Traitors to Nation & Citizens even without Russia corruption story ...go to Congress.Gov look at the bills that they submit

Dann Brown
Dann Brown

"He's one of us" and that's the problem.

Dustin Ketchem
Dustin Ketchem

If that's the case everyone knows not to vote for him.

Jan Long
Jan Long

I think you have made your point . And it is stupid

David Martin
David Martin

"He is one of us." That alone is reason to not vote for Moody.

Ed Helton
Ed Helton

If that is true, then a good reason not to vote for him.

Marilyn Mateen
Marilyn Mateen

"One of us" huh..just another elected official that really doesn't give a damn.

Derrell Earl
Derrell Earl

Senator David Perdue is one of the best Senators in Washington... We are fortunate his is from Georgia... We need to send more like him to help support the Trump agenda. To make America Great Again.....

Derrell Earl
Derrell Earl

Mimi DeArman Outlaw No... Are you on Kool-Aid ???

Chris Wright
Chris Wright

1. 5 weekends in Mar Lago 2. 13 rounds of golf 3. 11 tweets per day on average 4. More than 50 law suits 5. 1 blocked travel ban 6. 1 revised blocked travel ban 7. 1 massive health care failure 8. 1 massive F.B.I. probe 9. 1 recused attorney general 10. 1 baseless wire tapping claim 11. 2 family appointees in the White House 12. 1 resigned national security advisor 13. 1 ex-national security advisor asking for Immunity from persecution.

Derrell Earl
Derrell Earl

Chris Wright , All that in just 70 days.. I'll say he is pretty busy...

Chris Wright
Chris Wright

Derrell Earl Is this something to brag about? He is on par at this rate to go on vacation more in ONE year than Obama did in EIGHT years. Dwell on that for a moment.

Derrell Earl
Derrell Earl

Trump has done more good for our country in 70 days than Obama did in 8 yrs... Obama caused more harm than good....Going home for the weekend is hardly a vacation.. When you work 14 hrs a day you need some off time.. Which really is not off time either, He is still working, just not in DC.... Obama said of himself, he was "Lazy"....

Dustin Ketchem
Dustin Ketchem

Talk about drinking the kool aid.. Derrell has an IV drip apparently.

Chris Wright
Chris Wright

Dustin Ketchem Sure looks like it doesn't it? I wish I could get some of this winning. The man has an under 40% approval rating. He would be having a heart attack if Obama was doing half the things Trump has done so far. Talk about a double standard. Derrell can't name anything Trump has done that has really benefited anybody except all talk and speculation. He can't even work with his own Party in the House. He is encouraging primary challenges against the freedom caucus.

Leon Jackson
Leon Jackson

He's done nothing but kiss 45's butt. If he's done something for Georgians please clue me in.

Sam Nicholas
Sam Nicholas

Derrell---Treasonous Trump will see bars.

Leon Jackson
Leon Jackson

Derrell, I asked a simple question, "clue me in on what Perdue has done for Georgians." You gave me your answer: Nothing!!!

Derrell Earl
Derrell Earl

Leon Jackson , What does any politician do for their home state.?. What do you want him to do.?...What does he need to do ? He is after all a US Senator... He is doing his job very well . You are just repeating Liberal trash talk without any substance.... Name one thing he should have done for Georgia, he has not done.....

Leon Jackson
Leon Jackson

Derrell, you do know that the Presidential Retreat known as Camp David is only a short helicopter flight from the White House; right? So why does 45 need to take expensive weekend trips to Palm Beach not to mention the disruption these trips cause to lives of those that reside their? Additionally, you do know that 45 profits monetarily from his trips to Mar-A-Largo; Right? Truth is, you can't justify BS.

Leon Jackson
Leon Jackson

He supports Trumpcare which would have literally denied healthcare to tens of thousands of Georgians especially, the poor and those elderly people that are not old enough for Medicare. He voted against women's healthcare via defunding Planned Parent Hood. He supports giving wealthy a$$ people such as himself tax cuts. I ask again, what has he done for Georgians? I read your post in reference to the REA during the 1940s. You suggested a similar program by the government could be used to lower healthcare premium costs. Not a bad idea but you lost me with your support of Perdue. See how respectful a "liberal" can be?

Annie Cook
Annie Cook

He was bribed with 37,000 by Betsy Devos so she could buy the education cabinet seat so she could destroy public education. That makes him a bought and paid for slime.