ATLANTA - Democrat Michelle Nunn says she's honored to have the support of former governor and senator Zell Miller. But is it a game changer??
Miller is a big name in political circles. The lifelong Democrat, who has only endorsed Republicans the past 10 years, is changing course with his endorsement of Nunn.
Republicans said it shows she needs momentum right now. Democrats said it is a game changer.
Nunn's campaign is claiming bragging rights this week with the endorsement of Miller.
Channel 2’s Lori Geary broke the news the lifelong Democrat, who was the keynote speaker at the 2004 Republican National Convention, is featured in a new ad with Nunn.
Geary wanted to know if the high-profile endorsement is a game changer, so she asked a Democratic and Republican strategist from McKenna Long and Aldridge.
“I really don't think endorsements at the end of the day mean a whole lot. It energizes your troops, it shows some momentum. I think Michelle’s campaign needed some momentum right now,” said GOP consultant Eric Tanenblatt.
“I agree with Eric that most political endorsements have very little impact on the outcome of elections but I think this will have an impact and I think it will be a game changer,” said Democratic consultant Billy Linville.
Linville says Nunn's message of working across the aisle resonated with Miller.
“That was Sell's message throughout his political career,” Linville said.
Tanenblatt said Miller had a close relationship with Nunn's dad, former senator Sam Nunn, so he's not surprised about the endorsement.
He said Perdue has the support of Sens. Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson.
“I think those two endorsements are probably more powerful than Senator Miller in the case of this senate race right now,” Tanenblatt said.
“I could not disagree more. Georgians equally don't like Republicans shutting down government and saying no to everything even on issues they agree on,” Linville said.
Miller also endorsed Republican Gov. Nathan Deal in the governor's race over Democrat Jason Carter. Four years ago, Miller also supported Deal in the governor's race.