With the Georgia run-off elections underway in this 4 part series is a closer look into the history and policies of each Senate Candidate in the 2021 Run-off elections
In the post-2016 environment of US politics, there are only two sides you can take, you can either be anti-Trump or vehemently pro-trump. In fact in today’s GOP it may even seem that any voice that is not for Trump is equally against the Republican Party itself. On this scale Perdue may be the Trumpiest Trumper you could find.
Purdue has been an ally of Trump even before the whole “election fraud” phase of the President came out at large. In fact he was one of the people in the room when Trump infamously referred to Haiti and a few other African Nations, “Shithole countries” . Perdue in fact defended the president at this time, saying he didn’t describe those countries as such. The only opposition he’s ever given Trump was with regard to his tariffs on foreign steel and aluminum.
Senator David Perdue was elected during the 2014 Georgia State Elections
If you keep politics aside for some time, Pedue’s story itself is interesting and one many may aspire to have. Born in Georgia to teacher parents, Pedue graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in industrial engineering followed by a master’s in operations management. In 1992 Perdue became the senior vice-president of Sara Lee, a food processing giant, whose labour was shifted to China by Perdue, decreasing operational costs while increasing his own wealth.
After this Perdue worked for Reebok as it’s chief and re-vitalized the company, later he went on to work with a struggling textile company, PillowTex. Though the company had it’s share of problems under Perdue, he made a hefty $1.3 million when the company went broke. In fact opportunistic moves to increase his wealth seems to be a pattern in Perdue’ s lifetime.
The most prominent and recently talked about an instance of this behavior was when the Senator used information that was meant to prepare him and his state for an incoming threat, which he used to prepare his stock portfolio. On January 24, 2020, Perdue bought around $65,000 of stock in DuPont, a company that makes personal protective equipment, on the same day as a private Senate briefing on the spread of COVID-19. Over the next few months, he bought and sold around $5.8 million and $5.6 million worth of stocks, respectively.
Perdue bought up to $245,000 in stocks of the pharmaceutical company Pfizer and sold up to $165,000 in stocks of the casino Caesars Entertainment, which closed its doors during the pandemic. His stock-trading activity sharply increased in March 2020. In May 2020, after his portfolio was scrutinized, Perdue announced that his financial advisers would no longer buy and sell individual stocks.
Now many may wonder, what’s wrong with enriching yourself while in power? What should matter most is that a representative takes care of his people, yes, about that. If using closed door briefings to enrich yourself in the face on an incoming pandemic is wrong, what’s even worse is telling your constituents and your supporters that everything is fine. Purdue constantly insisted that the virus was no more dangerous than the ordinary flu. Purdue was also a prominent anti-masker who supported the MAGA Families claims of masks being useless, all while personally making a big investment in mask and PPE manufacturers
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