Former Sen. Max Cleland’s Memorial Day message supports Teresa Tomlinson’s “proven track record of caring for veterans”

Jonathan Grant @Brambleman I received this email this morning and thought I’d share. Sen. Cleland, a wounded Vietnam veteran, former Georgia Secretary of State, and U.S. Senator is one of Democratic U.S. Senate Candidate Teresa Tomlinson’s top endorsers. (She has many.) Tomlinson, the former mayor of Columbus, faces six Democrats in the June 9 Democratic primary. The winner will face GOP incumbent David Perdue Nov. 3.  This message is especially poignant, coming today from him. I’m glad I’ve had the chance to meet and talk with Sen. Cleland a handful of times over the past forty years. He’s an exceptional man and an inspiration to Georgians. The title of his memoir: Strong at the Broken Places. Disclosure: I really like Max Cleland.…

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Experience counts: Teresa Tomlinson’s record as Columbus mayor gives Democrats their best chance to beat David Perdue

As Columbus mayor, Tomlinson worked to make life better for citizens, soldiers, and veterans By Jonathan Grant @Brambleman Unlike her six opponents in the June 9 Democratic U.S. Senate primary, Teresa Tomlinson has a record as an elected official, having served two terms as mayor of Columbus, Georgia. “I governed and I governed well,” she says on the campaign trail, both real and virtual. Coming into office in 2011 while Columbus was still in the throes of the Great Recession, the Emory Law School graduate says her major fiscal achievements were reforming and salvaging the city’s employee insurance and pension plans, thereby putting the city on firm financial footing. She’s also proud of criminal justice reforms she was able to make at…

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Teresa Tomlinson warns Democrats: Don’t blow chance to defeat Perdue

By Jonathan Grant @Brambleman Teresa Tomlinson likes to tell people, “I’ve won hard-fought elections.” Georgia’s 2020 Senate race is shaping up to be one of those. She’s made a strong case that she’s the candidate to beat Sen. David Perdue, and last weekend, she came out fighting, with an All Points Bulletin that warned of bad consequences for Democrats if Jon Ossoff is the nominee instead of her. Ossoff supporters may think this is an unwarranted attack. But it’s better to think of it as Tough Love from Team Tomlinson to Team Blue. Anyway, it’s not like she hasn’t said it before. Now she’s simply pointing out to everyone that Republicans want Ossoff to be the Democratic nominee. As the Cook Political…

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Ready to serve: Military support award highlights Senate candidate Teresa Tomlinson’s credentials, qualifications

Above: Tomlinson puts on her St. Maurice medal, awarded for her support of the Infantry As Columbus mayor, Tomlinson worked to make life better for citizens, soldiers, and veterans By Jonathan Grant @Brambleman Unlike her six opponents in the June 9 Democratic U.S. Senate primary, Teresa Tomlinson has a record as an elected official, having served two terms as mayor of Columbus, Georgia. “I governed and I governed well,” she says on the campaign trail, both real and virtual. Coming into office in 2011 while Columbus was still in the throes of the Great Recession, the Emory Law School graduate says her major fiscal achievements were reforming and salvaging the city’s employee insurance and pension plans, thereby putting the city on firm…

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Teresa Tomlinson’s home state advantage: $400K more in-state money, 3 times as many Georgia donors as Jon Ossoff

Teresa Tomlinson has the floor at January Democratic candidate forum in Dunwoody By Jonathan Grant @Brambleman Jon Ossoff has been using a bagful of cash and the endorsement of one man, Rep. John Lewis, in an attempt to convince people that he’s the inevitable Democratic nominee to face Sen. David Perdue in November. It’s the tactic he used to muscle his way to the front of the line among Democrats in the 2017 Sixth Congressional District special election. That year, the strategy worked–up to the jungle primary, at least. After spending more than $30 million—while refusing to live in the district–Ossoff lost the runoff to Karen Handel. A year later, Democratic gun-reform advocate Lucy McBath beat the pedestrian Trumpist Handel by a…

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Teresa Tomlinson on Mother’s Day and leaving a legacy

By Jonathan Grant @Brambleman Teresa Tomlinson loves her mama and sent out a Mother’s Day video to celebrate that fact. She invokes Dianne Pike’s hardscrabble roots and climb up from South Georgia poverty as essential to her own success as an attorney, mayor of Columbus, and U.S. Senate candidate. In fact, Tomlinson’s campaign is a family affair: Her mother makes frequent appearances at campaign events and sister Tonya oversees the yard sign operations and rallies to her cause on social media, among other things. For  more on her campaign to “Send Perdue Packing,” click here. Teresa Tomlinson doesn’t have children of her own. That became an issue during an odd moment during last Sunday’s Senate debate when another candidate pointed that out,…

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