Michelle Nunn Loses Track of Secret Campaign Plans


National Review’s Eliana Johnson has been doing yeoman’s work in her short tenure at the prestigious conservative site. Today she released another blockbuster that sheds light on one of the Democrats more promising midterm recruits.

Johnson caught win of a confidential campaign plan for Georgia Senate candidate Michelle Nunn that details all of her strengths along with many, many weaknesses. It also classifies various Americans by race, religion and orientation:

The campaign’s finance plan draws attention to the “tremendous financial opportunity” in the Jewish community and identifies Jews as key fundraisers. It notes, however, that “Michelle’s position on Israel will largely determine the level of support here.” That’s a position she has yet to articulate, and Israel goes unmentioned on her campaign website.

Asians are also identified as key fundraisers. The community is described as “very tight,” one in which people work to “become citizens quickly.” Nunn’s strategists also say there is a “huge opportunity” to raise money from gays, bisexuals, and transgender individuals, who are described as having “substantial resources.”

Unsurprisingly, Team Nunn views local journalists as in the tank for Democrats:

Her strategists are optimistic that the media won’t prove much of an obstacle. They write that at some point her opponent, who at the time the document was written had yet to be determined, will be “shoveling research” against her. But they say they anticipate they will often have “fair warning” about negative news stories and can work to “kill or muddy” them.

“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 get some great insight into the inner workings of a modern campaign, read the whole thing. What do our Georgian Ricochetti think? Will this hurt the Nunn campaign and what are her chances anyway?

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  1. user_1255 Member

    There’s no doubt Nunn can count on fawning support from the Dunwoody* Journal-Constitution… but the downside of that is, hardly anybody actually reads that rag any more. It had a lot of influence up through the 90’s, but circulation collapsed after the news monopoly was broken by the internet. To the uber-Left AJC’s surprise, sneering at your customers for decades does not endear them to your product.  

    Atlanta talk radio is robustly conservative. Local TV I don’t watch, so no idea there.

    I doubt Nunn will get significantly closer than Obama’s 8-point loss two years ago, minus a complete meltdown from the GOP nominee. Georgia for the Democrats is a lot like Pennsylvania for the Republicans: a recurring mirage (yes, I’m familiar with Pat Toomey and the current PA majority. Happened in a wave year for the GOP. This ain’t gonna be one of those for the D’s).

    * For out-of-towners, the “Atlanta” Journal-Constitution moved its offices from midtown Atlanta to the suburb of Dunwoody several years ago. This was quite delicious, as the AJC had editorialized viciously against Dunwoody’s incorporation.

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  3. Guruforhire Inactive

    I think people over-estimate how much people pay attention to inside baseball.  I think the only reason its reported on is because there isn’t much else to talk about.

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  4. Drusus Inactive

    I can’t gauge the temper of the city, but out in the sticks she doesn’t have a chance.  Most rural people seem to feel that her daddy’s name is all she has to run on.

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  5. george.tobin@yahoo.com Moderator

    What is really telling is there is almost nothing in this memo that is unique to running in Georgia. It could be the blueprint for any upscale yuppie twit candidate relying on the liberal twit core and a helpful media. Her daddy was a pretty savvy conservative pol but she appears to be a completely generic liberal.

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  6. user_385039 Inactive

    I believe Drusus hit the nail on the head.  Outside of a few squirrelly locations Georgia is conservative.  Conservative governors.  Conservative senators.  Conservative congressmen. 

    There is one point worthy of consideration, David Perdue, who won the senatorial runoff in Georgia, beat several politicians including a very close runoff with Jack Kingston (about 8,500 vote margin).  So an anti-incumbent thing might also be working here.

    As was noted by Old Bathos, this Nunn is not her father.  Further, there is a picture of her with Barry.  That won’t help in these precincts.

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  7. user_176994 Inactive


    I can’t gauge the temper of the city, but out in the sticks she doesn’t have a chance. Most rural people seem to feel that her daddy’s name is all she has to run on.

     Not to mention her shameless use of her daddy’s name – she is married and outside of politics, goes by her married name.

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  8. Drusus Inactive

    @ Aimee Jones. I know. And her Wikipedia article has even been changed. You would never know that “Nunn” was a recent re-addition. Nepotism, thy name is Michelle.

    (For those not acquainted, her legal name is Martin, not Nunn.)

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  9. kiwikit Inactive

    ‘Johnson caught wind’  not ‘Johnson caught win’

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