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Karen Handel

Handel endorses Deal
6 months ago

Handel endorses Deal

Former Secretary of State Karen Handel endorsed Governor Nathan Deal for re-election Monday, fully throwing her support behind a once-bitter rival.

“I am trying to look at the big picture. …
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Handel backs Collins in Ga-10
9 months ago

Handel backs Collins in Ga-10

The slew of endorsements accumulated by Mike Collins in the runoff battle with Jody Hice to succeed Rep. Paul Broun grew by one Monday, with former Secretary of State and …
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Karen Handel, Kingston attack dog
10 months ago

Karen Handel, Kingston attack dog

Karen Handel delivered a blistering red(neck)-white-and-blue(collar) assault Tuesday on David Perdue, accusing the Republican Senate hopeful of dismissing American exceptionalism on the eve of the nation’s independence celebration.

Handel, who endorsed Jack Kingston in the GOP runoff contest to succeed retiring Sen. Saxby Chambliss after falling short in her own bid, said comments Perdue made in a May editorial board meeting with the Macon Telegraph reveal an elitist view of America.

Asked by an as yet unidentified editor if the American view of international economic competitiveness has “been somewhat naive,” Perdue agreed and warned that the country’s vainglorious view disadvantages it on the international stage.

“Of course we’ve been naive. We see the world through the ugly American’s eyes, and that is that the world revolves around New York City or Washington, D.C.,” he said, according to an audio record of the six-weeks-old editorial board huddle. “The rest of the world gets it.”

An apoplectic Handle, who has embraced her role as Kingston’s everyman stalking horse in the weeks since her own campaign ended, fired back in a lengthy statement circulated Tuesday by the Kingston campaign: “David Perdue just can’t seem to keep his arrogance in check. First, he belittles Georgians who don’t have a four-year college degree and haven’t lived overseas. Then,’ he patronizes the grassroots core of the GOP. Now, he’s insulting Americans in general.”

She continued by likening Perdue to First Lady Michelle Obama.

“David’s comments remind me of Michelle Obama’s absurd statement made after her husband’s election that it was the first time in her adult life that she felt proud to be an American,” she said. “Perhaps like Michelle Obama, David Perdue’s forgotten just how fortunate and blessed he is to be an American. Most Georgians ‘get’ that. Too bad David doesn’t.”

The attack marks the second time in as many weeks that Handel, who once hoped to parlay Perdue’s education-as-competence flub into a blue collar primary victory, has assailed the former Reebok and Dollar General executive as an elitist. (Last week she rapped Perdue for seemingly dismissing the ladder-climbing aspirations of grassroots activists.)

Listen to the Perdue’s comments–talk of US competitiveness begins around the 43-minute mark–below the fold. Read More

Handel joining GOP women’s pac
10 months ago

Handel joining GOP women’s pac

Former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel said Friday she had joined the advisory board of a conservative women’s political action committee that supported her unsuccessful bid for Senate.

Handel, …
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A tale of three polls
12 months ago

A tale of three polls

By  •  U.S. Senate

Within the past three days, three dueling polls have been released on the crowded Republican primary for Georgia’s open Senate seat.

The first, conducted by SurveyUSA, showed businessman David Perdue …
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Perdue releases new ad, announces RV tour
12 months ago

Perdue releases new ad, announces RV tour

By  •  U.S. Senate

Amid a week that’s seen a flurry of polls, Republican Senate hopeful David Perdue released a new TV ad today and announced an RV tour that will crisscross the state …
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Perdue tops SurveyUSA poll
12 months ago

Perdue tops SurveyUSA poll

By  •  U.S. Senate

A poll released this afternoon by SurveyUSA again pegs David Perdue as leading the crowded field of Republicans vying to replace Saxby Chambliss in the Senate.

The businessman takes 26 …
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