Marjorie Taylor Greene attracted far more attention than David Perdue at a Friday night rally.
Attendees praised Greene’s combative attitude, but didn’t seem to really know Perdue.
One observer said he found Greene’s obsession disturbing.
PLAINVILLE, Georgia — “She still draws a crowd,” a 52-year-old Gordon County resident said as Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene thundered into the parking lot of the Crazy Acres Bar & Grill flanked by an army of motorbike riders.
The grand entrance stirred everyone there to show the Trump-backed candidates some love ahead of Tuesday’s GOP primary. Greene joined gubernatorial prospect David Perdue, who is trying to cut incumbent Gov. Brian Kemp’s 30-point lead, and Attorney General prospect John Gordon at the Friday night rally, which took place in Greene’s congressional district.
Many attendees cheered Greene as she stepped out of the stripped-down Humvee with a campaign sign strapped to her back. Insider spotted at least a dozen people wearing Marjorie Taylor Greene’s campaign gear in the crowd of around 150 people who gathered for the last-minute addition to Perdue’s weekend closing sprint.
“Marjorie Taylor Greene got us out there. We’ve been supporting her since day one,” district resident Christie Ellis, 50, said of her affection for the freshman lawmaker. Greene regularly stirs up culture wars on Capitol Hill, has voted against nearly every Ukraine-related bill Congress has passed since Russia invaded the neighboring country and has enjoyed the same proxy voting rules. which she repeatedly criticized for skipping nearly two dozen votes.
Greene immediately set about building the support she will need to defeat her top five GOP challengers. She got the crowd working by stopping to pose for selfies, took sips of her Belgian Shock Top white beer after clinking bottles with beer-carrying customers, and said hello to the kids that dazzling mums rushed to meet her.
“Like Donald Trump, she tells it like it is. You don’t have to read her mind,” Bikers for Trump founder and rally organizer Chris Cox said to raucous applause as he called Greene on stage to say a few words. Cox also wrapped her in her Trump-branded vest, which Greene wore proudly as she posed for photos on one of the motorcycles parked in the parking lot.
Perdue, who ditched the blazer he wore earlier in the day as he traveled from Augusta to Savannah for a campaign stop with 2008 GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, rolled up his sleeves and also got mixed up. Although he once represented the area as a senator, Perdue reintroduced himself to the guys playing pool, awkwardly punched tattooed bikers and gulped down sips of his soda while others drank Coors Frost Lights.
When it was her turn on the main stage, Perdue tried to set everyone on fire by fuming about the “rigged and stolen” presidential election and how Kemp “sold us out.”
Joel Burnz, 24, was not swayed at all.
“I’m undecided,” Burnz said after Perdue finished speaking, telling Insider he planned to spend the weekend “doing his homework” before Tuesday’s primary.
The 52-year-old local, who declined to be named, did not blame Perdue for trying. But he said he was not surprised that Greene stole the show, adding that he liked to play a game with friends and neighbors who flattered her: he asks them to name the former Congressman of the region.
“Nobody knows,” the local said, ignoring lawmaker Tom Graves’ five-term public office erasure because of a political system that rewards celebrity above civic duty.
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