That’s a Point in His Favor
I want to say right here up front: Don’t know much about Georgia politics, don’t know much about Pillowtex Corp.*, don’t know much about GOP Senate candidate David Perdue. Perdue might be running on a pro-cannibalism and anti-kitten platform for all I know. But I have to say, I kind of admire the guy for this:
Georgia Republican Senate candidate and ex-CEO David Perdue isn’t shrinking from any part of his business record, even when it comes to outsourcing. During a stop on Monday Perdue said he was “proud of” his record on outsourcing…
“Defend it? I’m proud of it,” Perdue said during a press stop in Buckhead, Georgia on Monday according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “This is a part of American business, part of any business. Outsourcing is the procurement of products and services to help your business run. People do that all day.”
(That’s from TPM, btw.)
And to be clear, I’m not saying this because I’m, a “Yay outsourcing!” guy. I neither love nor hate the concept, in the same way I neither love nor hate corporate donations to the United Way. A little bit is probably good for everyone in the long run; too much is probably bad for everyone over the long run. Where those lines cross on the graph of life is a question better answered by smarter folk than I.
But I have to say, I do like the fact that the guy’s owning up to it. It’s a nice change of pace from the near-universal practice of Rs and Ds living their professional lives one way, and then running for office and issuing oblique, meandering, and purposefully obfuscating babble designed mislead voters into thinking that they have always believed strongly in some politically advantageous notion that they don’t even really believe in now.
Like I said, don’t know the guy, and being as he’s GA GOP dude I’m guessing it’s doubtful his platform is one I’d vote for. But I still find this totally refreshing.
* I will be disappointed if it isn’t a company that manufactures pillows for oil barons and death row inmates.