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David Perdue
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U.S. Senator
    (December 10, 1949- )
    Born in Macon, Georgia
    CEO of Reebok (2001-02), PillowTex (2002-03), and Dollar General (2003-07)
    Founded the trading firm Perdue Partners (2011)
    Senator from Georgia (assumed office January 3, 2015)
    Republican
    Cousin of former Georgia Governor/Trump administration Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue
    He left Pillowtex after nine months with a $1.7 million paycheck, while the company closed down, leaving 7,650 employees out of work.
    While he served as Director of the Georgia Ports Authority (2010-13), Perdue Partners bought a logistics company that provided transloading services at Georgia ports.
    He rejects the scientific consensus on climate change; purely coincidentally, he received $180,000 in donations from coal, gas, and oil interests over a six year period (2012-17).
    He is an advocate for a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution who voted for the 2017 budget that added $1.5 trillion to the deficit.
    When asked a question by a student about voter suppression, he grabbed the phone the student was using to record the event (2018).
    He purchased stock in DuPont, which produces protective medical equipment, on the same day he received a classified briefing about the coronavirus outbreak (January 24, 2020).
    He ran an ad that enlarged the nose of his Jewish opponent, Jon Ossoff (2020).
    During a campaign rally, he referred to Kamala Harris, the Democratic candidate for Vice President, as ‘Ka-MA-la, KA-ma-la, Kamala-mala-mala, I don’t know whatever.’ (October 16, 2020)
    In response to allegations of dog-whistling, a spokesperson said, ‘Senator Perdue simply mispronounced Senator Harris's name, and he didn't mean anything by it.’ (Because we all know how easily a slip of the tongue can insert an extra half dozen syllables followed by a dismissive ‘whatever.’)
    In the 24 hours after his mocking of Harris’s name, over $1 million in donations poured into the campaign of his opponent.
    He had a daughter who died in infancy.
    He had a reputation on Wall Street of a ‘turnaround specialist,’ having revived the Reebok and Dollar General brands.
    His stock purchases were investigated by the Senate Ethics Committee, which found no evidence of misconduct.
    He claimed the enlargement of Ossoff’s nose was an ‘inadvertent error’ caused by the design firm applying a filter that distorted the original image.

Credit: C. Fishel


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