Georgia Democratic Senate hopeful Michelle Nunn wants to be a soldier’s candidate, often appearing at military bases and vowing to fight the Obama administration on proposed defense spending cuts.
With no personal military experience, the ninth-generation Georgian no doubt rides the coattails of her father, former Georgia Sen. Sam Nunn – a Democrat who served as chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee and in the U.S. Coast Guard.
But the elder Nunn admits the military experience that launched his career in politics often weaves its way into the butt of a joke.
Before the award presentation, Coast Guard Vice Adm. Charles D. Michel recounted the most brutal battle of Nunn’s military career: an attack by mosquitoes while on active duty in Cape May, New Jersey.
“As he often says, ‘It was the only blood I shed for the nation,'” Michel said.
“I was a non-heroic, but very proud, enlisted man in the U.S. Coast Guard,” Nunn added sheepishly. “The only downside after six months in New Jersey: My friends all say I have a Yankee accent.”
While he may not be a war hero, Nunn is actively engaged in saving his daughter’s campaign, hoping to use his 24-year Senate tenure to cement her status as heir.