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Romney Donors Back Democrat Over Tea Party in Georgia

Signs of the Republican Party rift between business and the Tea Party are showing up where Democrats most want to see them: in the campaign account of Michelle Nunn, daughter of four-term Georgia Senator Sam Nunn.

“The vast majority of Americans say they don’t want the government to shut down, they want middle ground,” said John Wieland, founder of John Wieland Homes and Neighborhoods Inc., who together with his wife penned checks totaling $10,400 to Nunn’s Democratic U.S. Senate bid. In the 2010 midterms, the Wielands each gave $4,800 to the Republican Senate candidate.

“Michelle understands that middle ground, and that’s why we wrote the checks,” Wieland said.

It’s a sentiment shared by some business donors from Virginia to Arkansas, and one Democrats want to spread as the parties vie for control of the Senate in the 2014 midterms.

Nunn, 46, is running for the seat of retiring Republican Senator Saxby Chambliss, and her opponent has yet to be determined. Eight Republicans are competing in a June 3 primary, including three U.S. House members who supported the ill-fated plan to link defunding Obamacare to lifting the debt ceiling and passing a government spending bill. Their efforts led to a 16-day shutdown that Standard & Poor’s estimated cost the U.S. economy $24 billion.

In addition to Wieland, Nunn’s donors include Jim Cox Kennedy, the chairman of Atlanta-based communications company Cox Enterprises Inc., who contributed $2,600 to her candidacy, after giving $30,800 to the Republican National Committee and $5,000 to Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney in 2012.

Romney Donor

She’s also got support from Tom Cousins, former chief executive officer of Cousins Properties Inc. (CUZ) and a developer who helped shape downtown Atlanta in the 1970s and 1980s, who has given her $5,200. Cousins donated $50,800 to the RNC and $5,000 to Romney. Both Kennedy and Cousins declined to comment on their donations.

The financial push-back by the business community against the small-government Tea Party movement extends to Virginia, where Republican businessmen are cutting checks and commercials to support Democrat Terry McAuliffe in the governor’s race rather than state Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, a Republican Tea-Party favorite.

In Arkansas, Democratic Senator Mark Pryor is facing U.S. Representative Tom Cotton, a House Republican who voted against opening the government and a five-year farm bill. Pryor is highlighting both votes to draw donations from the agriculture community and other boardrooms.

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by Anonymousreply 1111/02/2013

And so it begins...


Good riddance to those dirty disgusting teabaggers! Too bad Americans are so stupid that it took 5 years to see through the racist hateful teabaggers.

Oh well, you get what you fucking pay for, Republicunts. Enjoy!

by Anonymousreply 110/31/2013

I hope there's more of this.

Democrats need to sweep in 2014 and 2016 so we can start undoing the damage the Republican and Tea Parties have been doing to this country.

by Anonymousreply 210/31/2013

I'm unpacked, changed my address and registered to vote. I'm ready, bitches!

by Anonymousreply 310/31/2013

It's a start, but let's be realistic here. We're talking about Dems who are essentially paleocons.

by Anonymousreply 410/31/2013

Is she as big a homophobe as her evil father?

by Anonymousreply 510/31/2013

I'm wondering that, too, R5. Her father was Dixiecrat trash.

by Anonymousreply 610/31/2013

A southern Dem is to the far-right of a Republican running in NYC.

Joe Lohta (running for mayor in NYC) would be branded a pinko liberal in the south.

I take a Dem victory in the south with a grain of salt.

by Anonymousreply 710/31/2013

You can take it with a grain of salt, but a southern Democrat is still a lot more likely to vote to confirm presidential appointments, particularly the Supreme Court appointments. Now is not the time to demand ideological purity from Democrats. That kind of crap is what's weakened the Republicans.

by Anonymousreply 810/31/2013

Truth R8. That Senate race is full of nutbag teabagger types. I am guessing they will all cancel each other out. Nunn has raised more $$ than any of them. I will take her. She is in for 6 years so hopefully she can moderate a bit, then Georgia will be even more Hispanic and Yankeefied for her reelection.

by Anonymousreply 910/31/2013

The Democratic party is already two parties. If the Republican party disappeared, it'd just split into the business-friendly centrists, and the true progressive/liberals.

I'd love it if the racist delusional ignorant fascist right-wingers were left out in the cold for a couple of generations, the way the liberals and progressives hate been for 40 years.

by Anonymousreply 1011/02/2013
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