Former Georgia Senator David Perdue says he hates politics and doesn’t ‘think highly of most politicians’
Former Georgia Senator David Perdue said in a recent interview that he hated politics and didn’t “think highly of most politicians”, just weeks after suffering a loss to Governor Brian Kemp in the Republican gubernatorial primary.
During a podcast appearance On “The Ben Burnett Show” featuring host Ben Burnett, the former lawmaker and former CEO of Dollar General was asked how his background in international business led him to run for public office.
“It was a humbling opportunity. The most humbling challenge or job I’ve had in my career was being a United States Senator, because it was about the people of Georgia,” Perdue said.
“What I learned in business is to listen to people,” he continued.
Perdue then remarked that he was not naturally drawn to politics.
“I hate politics. I hated it before, I hate it now. I don’t have a high opinion of most politicians. I don’t. I don’t,” he said. declared.
“There are certainly men and women who are doing this for the good of the country, the good of the people,” Perdue added. “But there are also many who do it for their own benefit.”
Perdue said he was “forced” into politics in 2013 because of his opposition to then-President Barack Obama’s economic policies.
“I went to my cousin’s,” Perdue told Burnett of former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue. “I went to other business people. I went to people I respect and said, ‘You have to show up…someone has to show up for the Senate. “”
He continued: “A couple of them came up to me and said, ‘You have to think about doing it yourself. “”
After initially doubting he could win, Perdue said he prayed for the decision with his family and then decided to enter the race.
In the 2014 Republican Senate primary, Perdue edged out the then-Rep. Jack Kingston by a margin of 51% to 49% and defeated Democratic candidate Michelle Nunn by 8 percentage points, 53% to 45%, in the general election.
After Donald Trump was elected president in 2016, Perdue became a staunch legislative ally of the White House.
However, during Perdue’s tenure, Georgia transitioned from a red state to a much more politically competitive state for Democrats.
In November 2020, Perdue emerged victorious over his opponent, Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff, but he received 49.7% of the vote just slightly below the majority needed to win the election and avoid a runoff.
In the January 2021 second round, Perdue would continue to to lose in Osoff.
In December 2021, Lost Between the GOP governor’s primary against incumbent Governor Brian Kemp with the backing of Trump, who was furious that Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger refused to help overturn Biden’s 2020 election victory in Georgia.
Ahead of the May primary, Perdue repeatedly questioned the integrity of the 2020 election, while Kemp ran on his gubernatorial record and ultimately won this confrontation by an unbalanced margin of 72% to 23.5%.