Campaign memos detailing strategy for Georgia Senate candidate Michelle Nunn, including areas of "vulnerability" in the Democrat's record and background, were published Monday by National Review.
The documents point out how Nunn's team prepared "pushback documents" in response to anticipated attacks such as "Nunn is too liberal" and "Nunn is a lightweight," as well as attempts to tie her to President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
The memos also outlined "several areas of potential concern," including "grants to problematic entities" by the Points of Light Foundation, the volunteer service organization that Nunn led before declaring her candidacy. National Review noted the organization made grants to "terrorists" and "inmates" while Nunn was CEO, including one to a group that has ties to Hamas.
Other memos discuss how to maintain campaign message discipline, recruit volunteers, and turn out 1.4 million votes — the number determined as necessary to win the Georgia Senate race. Taken together, the memos are fascinating reading giving an inside look at how a campaign is run.
Nunn is a highly touted Democratic recruit with a shot at winning a Republican-held seat, now held by retiring Sen. Saxby Chambliss. She is running against Republican businessman David Perdue, another political novice.
Jeff DiSantis, Nunn's campaign manager, issued a statement calling the memos "a draft of a document that was written eight months ago." Here's the rest of the Nunn campaign statement from DiSantis:
Like all good plans, they change. But what hasn't changed and is all the more clear today is that Michelle's opponents are going to mischaracterize her work and her positions, and part of what we've always done is prepare for the false things that are going to be said. Michelle has always sought to run a campaign that brings people together and gets Washington focused on the real challenges the country faces. And that's the kind of senator she'll be.
Republicans are having a field day with the documents, posting snippets on Twitter. Ward Baker, political director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, said the campaign documents show "a deliberate effort to manipulate Georgia voters. and hide the fact that Nunn's campaign is a proxy for the agenda of Barack Obama and Harry Reid."