Sen. Perdue’s “manufactured protest” comment was from staffer, not him

I called Sen. David Perdue’s D.C. office this morning and a nice young man named Patrick answered. I said, “I’m calling to ask the senator to apologize for his comments disparaging the Georgia citizens who protested at his mobile office hours event in Greensboro–”

“The senator didn’t say that,” Patrick interrupted.

“He didn’t?” I replied. “The AJC quoted it from a statement by Sen. Perdue.”

“It wasn’t him. Senator Perdue takes his job very seriously.” The comment came from a Perdue spokeswoman.

I was pleased to hear this, and pleased to hear Patrick defend his senator with such conviction and assertiveness, but with respect and politeness, too. I thanked him for letting me know, and reiterated that the First Amendment is one of the cornerstones of American democracy, that the right to organize and petition and protest the government is one of the things that makes the United States the greatest country on earth.”

Senate Georgia

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