David Perdue compares Donald Trump's 'outsider' energy to his own

U.S. Sen. David Perdue in 2014. John Spink, jspink@ajc.com
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U.S. Sen. David Perdue in 2014. John Spink, jspink@ajc.com

Credit: Jim Galloway

Credit: Jim Galloway

He did not deploy his own plane or helicopter, but Georgia Republican U.S. Sen. David Perdue says the same forces propelling Donald Trump to the top of the presidential heap were behind his own "outsider" campaign for Senate last year.

The Gwinnett Daily Post reports from Perdue's Thursday speech to the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce:

"Why is Donald Trump resonating so much, and will he be there in April or May of next year? Who knows, but the point is I saw it for two years, I see it now that I've been in the United States Senate for seven months, and that is people know Washington is not working," Perdue said. "Government works right here in Georgia. It works right here in Gwinnett County.

"Why? For a couple of reasons. One is that we have citizen legislators … They are not career politicians as we have in Washington. The second reason it works well in Georgia is that we have a balanced budget law," he added.

One big difference, as Trump would surely remind Perdue -- Trump is much richer.

Perdue takes his show outside Georgia today for a speech at the Americans for Prosperity "Defending the American Dream Summit" in Columbus, Ohio. You can livestream him here at about 2:25 p.m.