McConnell adviser blames Trump for Perdue’s ’embarrassing’ career end

An aide to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell accused former President Donald Trump of derailing David Perdue’s political career.

The comments came from Scott Jennings, a former Trump adviser and frequent McConnell adviser, during a Sunday appearance on CNN state of the nation. Jennings claimed Perdue now has no viable path to victory in his Georgia gubernatorial bid, blaming Trump for that “embarrassing” end.

“The governor’s race is often about competence and likeability,” he explained. “Kemp is knowledgeable and personable. David Perdue… it’s sad here. Donald Trump cost him his Senate seat and now Donald Trump has not helped him win this governor’s race.”

Perdue previously served as a Georgia Senator from 2015 to 2021. In last year’s midterm runoff in January, he was notably defeated by Democrat Jon Ossoff, in which Kelly Loeffler was also defeated by Raphael Warnock, giving Democrats control of the Senate. Perdue is now up against incumbent Governor Brian Kemp, but recent polls show him trailing Kemp 29 percent to 50 percent. The former senator was endorsed by Trump, while Kemp was endorsed by former Vice President Mike Pence.

David Perdue loses to Donald Trump
Former Trump adviser Scott Jennings on Sunday blamed the former president’s influence for David Perdue’s expected failure to unseat Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp during Tuesday’s primary. Above, Perdue in 2020.
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Jennings stated that it would have been more politically prudent for Perdue to try to win back his Senate seat rather than run for governor, which he reportedly did at Trump’s urging. Perdue was among prominent Republican lawmakers who backed Trump’s claims that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from him, while Kemp notably resisted the former president’s requests to sway Georgia’s results in his favor.

“Guys, this all started right here when Brian Kemp sold us out and allowed radicals to steal the election,” Perdue said in an April campaign ad, further echoing Trump’s unsubstantiated claims. “Enough is enough. I will make sure our elections are never stolen again.”

Kemp, meanwhile, has been touted by Pence as one of the “most successful Conservative governors” in the country. The former vice president will appear at a campaign event for him on Monday.

“His career will end with two really embarrassing losses involving Donald Trump,” Jennings continued. “Good for Brian Kemp who stayed the course and showed what you can do when you have a real record to walk on and you don’t have to bow to it and don’t change – be who you are and authenticity carried him.”

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Rick Schindler

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