ATLANTA — The crowded field of well-known and well-financed Republicans vying for an open U.S. Senate seat in Georgia grew by one more Wednesday with businessman David Perdue saying that he will run.
The decision by a cousin and business partner of former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue had been expected after he announced in May that he was forming an exploratory committee. Still, Perdue is expected to shake up the race given his personal wealth, experience in the private sector and political connections.
The former CEO of Dollar General and Reebok said in an interview with The Associated Press that he was motivated to run, citing concern for the nation’s rising debt, high unemployment and spending.
“I just think we deserve better than we are getting from our elected officials, and I couldn’t sit back and watch it continue to happen,” Perdue said.
Perdue moved quickly to position himself as an outsider in a race that includes three U.S. congressmen — Reps. Paul Broun of Athens, Phil Gingrey of Marietta and Jack Kingston of Savannah. It had been a spot claimed by former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel, who is also running. It now appears Perdue will mirror that message with an emphasis on his business credentials.