Nunn memo: Uh oh, EEOC complaint. Nunn ad: Hey, look what Perdue did!

Now this is … interesting: Michelle Nunn’s campaign is targeting her opponent for something it already admitted is a problem for her as well.

In an ad titled “Pattern,” the Nunn campaign suggests female voters shouldn’t be able to trust Republican David Perdue because — after he left the company — Dollar General faced employment discrimination lawsuits that overlapped with his time as CEO of the company. “If David Perdue didn’t do right by women at his company,” the ad’s script intones, “why would he do right for Georgia?”

This represents a double helping of chutzpah on the Democrat’s part.

First because, as my news-side colleagues noted earlier today, the Dollar General complaints “largely involve disputes with local or regional staffers at stores and don’t mention Perdue. Several cite incidents that took place long before his tenure” (emphasis added). Even the specific complaint cited in the ad, which the company settled after Perdue left for almost $19 million, didn’t name him. Although PolitiFact Georgia previously found a similar ad by EMILY’s List was “mostly true” for referring (in a carefully worded way) to complaints about “a company (Perdue) ran,” this ad attaching the blame personally to Perdue merits something closer to “pants on fire.”

Second, and maybe even more brazenly, recall the infamous Nunn campaign memo, which was inadvertently made public and was published in July. On its list of “vulnerabilities” for Nunn is a mention of “records related to two EECO (sic) complaints identified by” a research firm helping the campaign. Nothing more is known about these complaints, because the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission doesn’t make such records available to the public. And it’s easier to obtain such documents for a publicly traded company like Dollar General than for a non-profit like the ones Nunn has worked for (although if anyone reading this was involved in the complaint, you certainly could share your copies of any documents with a certain AJC correspondent … just sayin’).

Now, it’s understandable if the Nunn campaign would prefer not to talk about this. But then, they’re the ones who brought up the subject of employment discrimination even though they knew there were EEOC complaints related to Nunn and/or the organizations she was a part of. As I said: That’s pretty brazen.

Like the other gory details in that memo, this episode puts the lie to Nunn’s claim to be someone other than a typical Washington politician.

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stands_for_decibels
stands_for_decibels

"it’s easier to obtain such documents for a publicly traded company like Dollar General than for a non-profit like the ones Nunn has worked for"

If you know of any actual skeletons in the POL closet it'd be kind of nice for you to tell of them, rather than making insinuations like that. I suspect if those two complaints had any weight to them someone would've ratted her out by now.

DontTread
DontTread

...this ad attaching the blame personally to Perdue merits something closer to “pants on fire.”


But...but...this is impossible!!  Democrats are the most honest people that ever walked the earth, right?!

MarkVV
MarkVV

Neil Bush about George H.W. Bush and Michelle Nunn:

“I think he would say very glowing and positive things about her. I think he admires her leadership of the organization he founded. I think he has great respect for her and her family.

My father expressed during his presidency and his post-presidency a great inclination towards nonpartisanship, or bipartisanship. I know he would say positive things about Michelle, her character, her leadership at Points of Light.”

concernedoldtimer
concernedoldtimer

Nunn-Martin is a typical polititian...doing the same ole thing and she will give Obama an extra vote....

TommyTruthteller
TommyTruthteller

Lying isn't the exclusive domain of democrats, but they do have it mastered.


IReportYouWhine
IReportYouWhine

So Dollar General provides a product that people want at a price people agree with sold by employees who are paid a wage that is acceptable to them and this makes them evil??

AtlantaMom
AtlantaMom

A $19 million settlement probably shows up on a financial statement somewhere.

Would not a large settlement paid by a nonprofit show up on their publicly available statements?

IReportYouWhine
IReportYouWhine

People shouldn't know if the CEO of a charity gave money to an organization associated with terrorists??

DawgDadII
DawgDadII

The articles posted by Jay and Kyle today on Nunn and Perdue present no valid reasons to vote for or against either one of them. Need to focus on who and what they will represent and how that relates to your interests and the interests of the State of Georgia. Hard for me to imagine how ANYONE could not have made up their mind already.

MHSmith
MHSmith

There is a pattern Kyle, even though it is not the one you are cutting out for all to see what "you" want them to see. While it may be true Perdue was not directly part, in some instances, of what most would call the shoddy if not unethical actions taken toward employees in some of the companies he ran or the down right discriminatory acts committed by "these companies" in question. 

What I would ask your readers to look at is this picture: One that shows Perdue, "to use his own words", running towards the fire. There's two ways to look at firefighter Perdue's approach to putting out "the fire" so to speak 1) He puts out the fire with no regard to who might be inside the burning building or what danger he is putting them in his haste to just put the fire out 2) The other way is more cautious - less corporate, more humane - and considers the people caught-up inside the blazing inferno which takes care of human lives first and extinguishing the financial fire lastly.

Perdue is good at representing corporations not people, Kyle. That has been his business-life's pattern. 

If you are a corporation, then by all means David Perdue is your guy. You have to vote for him to protect your interests.

But if you are just the average working Joe or Jane Georgian, who is not a big corporation, you might want to consider voting for someone who spent more time outside the corporate environment and more time representing the interest of people like you and I in the world David Perdue doesn't see as real.   

 

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

These type embellishments, charges, and counter-charges are now ingrained in campaigns - especially toward the end.  More to come.

Few voters pay attention - they have become immune.  It is the campaign coordinators and media that get their panties in a wad.

Both candidates will be asked about these things, and will mostly brush them off.

IReportYouWhine
IReportYouWhine

CEO - Achief executive officer(CEO) is generally the most senior corporate officer (executive) or administrator in charge of managing a for-profit or non-profit organization. An individual appointed as aCEOof a corporation, company, nonprofit, or government agency typically reports to the board of directors.


Michelle's title^^.


Bush probably didn't even know about it. Senile, remember?

Astropig
Astropig

Democrats like Republicans a lot better when they won't fight back.

MANGLER
MANGLER

Yeah, the GOP never sidetracks because they have no argumBENGHAZIIIIIII!

IReportYouWhine
IReportYouWhine

Though the campaign plan recommends emphasizing Nunn’s accomplishments at the Points of Light Foundation, which she has done on the campaign trail, her strategists express enormous concern about attacks that might arise from her work there. She has served as CEO of Points of Light since 2007 and, according to the document, it has made grants to “terrorists” and “inmates” during her tenure. 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.” - National Review.


And anyone can go see the documents for themselves, which some apparently haven't.




Jimmyliscious
Jimmyliscious

So let me get this strait.....so the economy/recession and war President Obama inherited didn't need to be his responsibility because he was not in charge then, esp because it was before his "tenure"! 


Ohhh god, here comes the Obama victim card/hall pass for failure. But it's what you expect from proggies, they're all victims of something.

GA Peach
GA Peach

You cite a reference to records related to two complaints and then you say, "Nothing more is known about these complaints."  Talk about "brazen," Mr. Wingfield.  You have no idea what that's about!  No one has come forward to say anything negative about working with/for Ms. Nunn.  The same cannot be said for Mr. Perdue, who has had affidavits aplenty filed in support of equal pay discrimination claims against his company. 

Please hone your reporting skills...

dreluv
dreluv

David Perdue put ads out about Michelle Nunn gave money to terrorist groups.

David Perdue is a liar and got caught by Neil Bush

RoadScholar
RoadScholar

"First because, as my news-side colleagues noted earlier today, the Dollar General complaints “largely involve disputes with local or regional staffers at stores and don’t mention Perdue. Several cite incidents that took place long before his tenure” (emphasis added)."

So let me get this strait.....so the economy/recession and war President Obama inherited didn't need to be his responsibility because he was not in charge then, esp because it was before his "tenure"! 


Got it!

HeadleyLamar
HeadleyLamar

Not one comment about the despicable add run by Perdue claiming Nunn is funneling money to terrorists.


Not one. Politics is a dirty business. But there is such a thing as going too far.


This is Saxby Chambliss all over again.


Just incredible. Only in Georgia.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Bt6DcMJjE4

D_Lucy
D_Lucy

What politician isn't a typical washington politician!

stands_for_decibels
stands_for_decibels

@DawgDadII That's a fair enough point. I've said before and I'll say again; Nunn is good enough for me simply because (unlike her opponent) she is pro-choice, and she acknowledges that climate change is an issues that needs to be addressed through federal policy. Otherwise, if she's elected, I'm sure I'll have plenty of issues with her Conservadem approach to fiscal matters. But she's an upgrade over her competition.


Jason Carter will work to obtain the Medicaid funding our state's entitled to. I know he won't have the Legislature's support, but there are means by which he can twist arms and have his way on this if he truly cares. That, too, is enough for me to vote for him. I'm sure he'll suck in many other ways, but he too is an upgrade.

Kyle_Wingfield
Kyle_Wingfield moderator

@The_Centrist Yes, but isn't the bulk of Nunn's pitch that she isn't one of these run-of-the-mill politicians? There's not a whole lot else to her campaign.

HeadleyLamar
HeadleyLamar

@Astropig Falsely claiming someone gives money to terrorists is not fighting back.


Its extremely disgusting. 


Everything Kyle has brought up concerning Nunns record is legit.


In the end though your average Bubba low info Georgia Voter will think Nunn supports terrorists.





Kyle_Wingfield
Kyle_Wingfield moderator

@GA Peach Perhaps you missed this part: "the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission doesn’t make such records available to the public"

GA Peach
GA Peach

@Kyle_Wingfield @The_Centrist Her pitch is that she can work across the aisle and listen to and work with people from either party. There are good people in the Senate now in both parties (although way too few) who do that, but that doesn't mean they won't call out an opponent or that they won't take a stand on issues.  It also doesn't mean that they sit back when they're running for re-election and let someone clobber them.  Just like it doesn't mean that Ms. Nunn won't take a stand on issues like equal pay for women.  Mr. Perdue's record of pay discrimination shows him to be extreme and out of touch.  It's 2014, not 1954. 

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

@Kyle_Wingfield @The_Centrist - I think Ms. Nunn's campaign is being controlled by professional campaigners.  She is a babe in the woods (probably not a good metaphor).  Nice lady, controlled by handlers, way over her head.

Astropig
Astropig

@HeadleyLamar @Astropig 

" Bubba low info Georgia Voter"

Wow. Been listening to talk radio much? Can't be liberal talk radio because they can't draw flies to a dump.They've all gone off the (commercial) airwaves.(Of course, there's always NPR) Please don't steal "low info' catchphrase without attribution.

EOM

GA Peach
GA Peach

@Kyle_Wingfield @GA Peach Thanks for the note, Mr. Wingfield.  I didn't miss it.  I saw that.  The reason the EEOC doesn't make those records public is because many complaints are baseless, and it would be unfair to organizations to make allegations public unless there's a factual basis to support them. 

The EEOC found a factual basis for the complaints against Mr. Perdue's company.  That's why it served him with a formal notice.  The EEOC did not act the two complaints you mentioned above.  And yet, by broadcasting the fact that two complaints were filed and suggesting that this means there was wrongdoing, you're doing exactly what the EEOC regulations were designed to prevent -- damage to reputation based on unsubstantiated claims.  It's clearly what the memo thought the Republicans would try to do.  You're just doing it for them. 

consumedconsumer
consumedconsumer

Lol ... Such a nice lady, that babe in the woods. If only she'd leave the governin' to men ... Gotcha

blah blah blah
blah blah blah

@HeadleyLamar@Astropig Points of Light, through a service called MissionFish, helped validate thousands of charities for EBay users who wanted to auction items and donate the proceeds to a specific charity. One of those groups was Islamic Relief USA, which got $33,000 from individual donors through the Points of Light-validated system. IRS records confirm that POL recorded those payments.

Astropig
Astropig

@consumedconsumer 

" If only she'd leave the governin' to men ..."

That's EXACTLY what the some islamic terrorist would say! (after she sent him some ca$h)...

GA Peach
GA Peach

@Kyle_Wingfield @GA Peach First, the politifact URL you cite above about the Emily's List ad states that the claim in the ad "on its face is true."  Second, there's no "guilt" or "innocence" in civil suits or civil investigations.  A person can be "guilty" of a crime, but not in connection with an EEOC complaint.  When the EEOC finds a factual basis for a complaint, it launches a formal investigation.  That's what it did in Mr. Perdue's case.  Third, it's no surprise they settled given all of the affidavits that women had filed.  Fourth, yes of course it's fair game.  Equal pay is a huge issue in the Senate right now.  In fact the Republicans just filibustered another equal pay bill in the Senate this week. 

Kyle_Wingfield
Kyle_Wingfield moderator

@GA Peach This comment previously showed up in my queue as having been approved. When I saw your latest complaints, I checked it again and saw it hadn't been approved. My apologies.

I think you've had your say on this topic at this point.