AJC: Perdue has “declined repeated requests” for comment on whether he’ll fight for additional relief
ATLANTA — Two days after President Trump called for $2,000 stimulus checks, former corporate CEO Senator David Perdue has refused to tell Georgia voters or the press whether he will stop touting the coronavirus relief bill with $600 checks and support $2,000 checks for Americans, or if he’ll break from Trump and continue fighting against pandemic aid to families and small businesses. 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.
While Jon Ossoff has been clear on his call for Congress to pass $2,000 direct stimulus checks, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Perdue “declined repeated requests” for comment on his stance, ducking accountability and leaving Georgians waiting for desperately needed additional economic relief.
Perdue’s absence is notable after President Trump slammed Perdue and Senate Republicans for the inadequate aid, undercutting the $600 checks Perdue touted, and putting Perdue in a “bit of an odd spot” after Trump called the stimulus checks “ridiculously low” and 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.
“Senator Perdue should stop hiding and tell Georgia families and small businesses whether he’ll fight for them to get the additional economic relief they desperately need,” said Braxton Brewington, spokesman for the Democratic Party of Georgia. “Instead of doing his job in Washington, Perdue is ducking and dodging accountability like he always does.”