In an email to Newsmax, Julianne Thompson, co-chair of the Atlanta Tea Party, said she was “appalled” at Perdue’s comments and “for what he obviously considers to be a lack of pedigree to hold public office.”
“One of the most important things we look for in a leader is that person’s ability to identify with the citizens they intend to govern,” she wrote.
“Mr. Perdue should feel thankful he never had to suffer abuse as a child, so bad that he would have had to leave home at 17, like Mrs. Handel. He should feel thankful he could afford a college education and become a multimillionaire, and not have to spend his time working multiple jobs just to make ends meet,” Thompson wrote.
She added that Perdue “can’t understand those things because he is completely out of touch with ordinary Georgians.”
Handel campaign manager Corry Bliss also blasted Perdue’s statement, calling Handel’s “hard work and determination . . . the embodiment of the American Dream.”
“While David boasts about all the time he spent living in Europe and Asia, and all of the millions of dollars he intends to spend on this race, this election is about who conservatives can relate to and trust to get results in the United States Senate,” Bliss’ statement to the newspaper added.
Perdue spokesman Derrick Dickey told the Journal Constitution that Perdue, a cousin of former Gov. Sonny Perdue, was “simply making the case that he is the most qualified person in this race to help get our economy back on track so that we can start paying down the massive federal debt.”