Georgia Senate Candidate Slights Opponent for Lack of College Degree – US News

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Apr

Georgia Senate Candidate Slights Opponent for Lack of College Degree – US News

It’s the second time in so many weeks a video emerged to reveal a Senate candidate making disparaging and politically risky remarks. Last week, Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Iowa was caught warning donors that a Republican-controlled Senate could produce a “farmer from Iowa, who never went to law school.” He swiftly apologized to home state Sen. Chuck Grassley.

While Handel’s campaign called the remark “demeaning,” there’s no indication Perdue intends to walk it back.

When asked if Perdue had planned to stand by the statement or apologize to Handel, Derrick Dickey, a strategist for Perdue, responded via email, “I was not aware that Ms. Handel, a candidate for U.S. Senate, had suggested an apology was in order.”

Perhaps not, but other Republicans think it would be foolish for Perdue to think the issue won’t linger.

“It has really steamed a significant portion of activists,” says Todd Rehm, a Republican consultant and author of the GaPundit.com blog, who rendered it “David Perdue’s 47 Percent Moment” on his site. “The issue may not be one just for the primary election … this could be a major issue in the general election.”

According to U.S. Census data, only 28 percent of Georgians hold college degrees. In 2008, those without a college degree accounted for 56 percent of the general election vote there.

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