The education of David Perdue: An outsider runs for Senate | www.myajc.com

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The education of David Perdue: An outsider runs for Senate | www.myajc.com

The cramped campaign RV had just emerged from a dusty side road after its second Chick-fil-A stop of the day when it disgorged David Perdue, a former Fortune 500 executive who, on this musky afternoon, was beseeching a few dozen Griffin retirees to vote for him in Tuesday’s Senate runoff.

The rain pattered outside while two camera-wielding trackers waited to pounce on a miscue within as Perdue stepped to the front of the cramped room. This isn’t how he expected to spend the tail end of his lucrative business career, and it certainly isn’t how his wife, Bonnie, expected to spend her first years as a grandma.

If he prevails Tuesday, he’ll credit the process — the Education of David Perdue — with preparing him for November. But that doesn’t make him any more comfortable with it.

“I’ve learned the vocabulary,” he told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “I’m more careful about code words. And I’m trying to better communicate so people understand what it’s all about. I’ve learned a lot about the political process. And, frankly, I’m troubled with it.”

“This is not fun. I’m sorry,” David Perdue said at a recent campaign event in Jefferson — the third of nine stops for the day. “Somebody said, ‘Aren’t you having fun?’ Yeah, if I get elected. But I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t think I could make a difference.”

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