AJC: Perdue has “declined repeated requests” for comment on whether he’ll fight for additional relief
“11Alive reached out to both Senators Loeffler’s and Perdue’s campaigns, but haven’t heard back yet.”
ATLANTA — Four days have passed since President Trump “undercut” the Senate’s “most prolific stock trader” David Perdue by calling for $2,000 stimulus checks after Perdue touted $600 checks in an ad “cut and released a bit too soon.” Now, as critical federal unemployment insurance programs are set to expire today, Georgians are desperately waiting on an answer from Perdue as to whether he will support $2,000 checks for Americans or break from Trump and continue fighting against pandemic aid to families and small businesses, but Perdue is refusing to talk with Georgia’s press.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Perdue “declined repeated requests” for comment on his stance and 11Alive reached out to Perdue’s campaign but hadn’t “heard back yet.” Throughout his entire campaign, Perdue has come under heavy scrutiny for his record of ducking accountability from Georgia voters and the press, and has been a “frequent no-show” in Washington as one of “the Senate’s most absent members.”
Perdue, Trump’s most loyal senator, also remains silent on whether he will override President Trump’s veto of the National Defense Authorization Act that includes a pay raise for our servicemembers, adding to the “bit of an odd spot” Perdue is in after Trump called the $600 stimulus checks “ridiculously low” and the new relief bill a “disgrace.” Perdue “personally opposed” direct stimulus checks all year, said he “held [his] nose” to vote for coronavirus relief, led the charge to cut unemployment benefits for families, and worked to profit off the pandemic with a series of shady stock trades.
“While Georgians are suffering in this difficult holiday season, their senior senator is too chicken to say if he supports increased direct relief and funding for our military families,” said Braxton Brewington, spokesman for the Democratic Party of Georgia. “It’s past time for Perdue to come out and say definitively whether he’ll fight for more pandemic aid or continue looking out for himself.”
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