Neil Bush denounces ‘shameful’ claims linking Michelle Nunn to ‘terrorists’

The charge is contained in a 30-second TV spot paid for by the National Republican Senatorial Committee and approved by Perdue, now airing on television stations across the state.

“That’s ridiculous,” said Neil Bush, the 59-year-old chairman of the Points of Light Foundation, in an exclusive phone interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “It really makes my blood boil to think that someone would make that kind of an allegation, whether it’s an independent political group or a candidate for office.” Here's the video in question:

The younger Bush called on the candidate endorsed by his father to renounce charge contained in the TV ad:

Nunn’s vulnerability to the charge first surfaced in a memo generated by her own campaign, which explored GOP arguments that might be used against her. From Megan Whittemore, spokeswoman for the Perdue campaign:

Here’s how our Politifact operation broke down the situation when it first surfaced in August:

Neil Bush, the third of the four Bush sons, rarely dabbles in politics. He praised Nunn effusively, but said his remarks did not constitute an endorsement of her bid to follow her father, Sam Nunn, into the U.S. Senate. Said Neil Bush:

I asked Bush if Points of Light would have Nunn back as its leader. He immediately said yes, but added that the remark wasn’t to be interpreted as an evaluation of Nunn’s election prospects.

On Monday, the Perdue campaign issued a photograph of the Republican candidate with George H.W. and Barbara Bush, along with a statement that included this:

The endorsement was no surprise. Nunn often mentions George H.W. Bush as a mentor, and has included photographs of herself and the former president in her campaign literature and in her own TV spots. Early this spring, the former president sent word that he would be supporting the Republican nominee.

So I also asked Neil Bush if his own praise for Nunn was a contradiction of his father’s endorsement of Perdue. No, the son answered:

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Jim Galloway
Jim Galloway
Jim Galloway is a three-decade veteran of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution who writes the Political Insider blog and column.