Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed to the Washington Post on the Ferguson pamphlets and mailers Georgia Democrats used to try to gin up turnout:
I didn’t agree with that approach, and I had nothing to do with it. I don’t think the Ferguson reference was handled with the appropriate level of sophistication. You can talk about Trayvon (Martin) and Ferguson, but you can do it in a way that is more aspirational than threatening. I don’t think that piece should have been sent. I do believe that Ferguson and Trayvon and how black people are treated by the criminal justice is an appropriate conversation in an election, but when you are trying to hold on to a regional share of the white electorate, those kinds of pieces have to be handled very delicately. It was not helpful in the final stretch in a race where Michelle Nunn was surging and ahead. That piece changed the conversation from outsourcing to Ferguson, when outsourcing was a message that was resonating with white and black voters and the black turnout was already performing at the levels that we needed to have a successful Election Day.
Nunn, who is running for Senate against David Perdue, refused to denounce the mailers and pamphlets.
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