Michelle Nunn pokes fun at campaign memo leak

"I always thought I wanted to run an open and transparent campaign but this has gone beyond what I anticipated or intended," she said during a stop in Macon.

Republicans have used the documents to try to paint her as a consultant-driven robot, and GOP nominee David Perdue told the AJC he was "fairly shocked" by his rival's political approach. She said the Republican scrutiny is an effort to "mischaracterize" her record.

She compared the memos to counsel she receives from supporters and strategists - rather than a campaign blueprint. She wouldn't say specifically what advice she's taken and what she abandoned, but said there was nothing in the memo she wanted to clarify.

Said Nunn:

The Democrat pivoted to a new line of attack against Perdue, a former Fortune 500 executive. Nunn, a nonprofit executive who earlier seemed reluctant to speak ill of her GOP foe, sought to draw a sharper distinction between the two at the Macon stop.

She then took a shot at Perdue's boardroom background, including a reference to his tenure at Pillowtex the failed North Carolina textile company that shuttered shortly after he left, leaving thousands out of work. (He has said he only realized the firm's dire straits after he took control.)

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Greg Bluestein
Greg Bluestein
Greg Bluestein is a political reporter who covers the governor's office and state politics for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.