Handel backs Collins in Ga-10

Former SOS taps Collins over Hice in the race to succeed Broun.

Karen Handel

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 felled Senate candidate Karen Handel backing his campaign.

“Steve and I have had the opportunity to get to know Mike Collins and his family over the years at Rock Springs Church and on the campaign trail this past year,” she stated in a press release. “Mike is a conservative who does more than just talk. He actually walks the walk. Mike has an actual plan to pay down our national debt, cut wasteful spending and eliminate job-killing regulations by implementing conservative policies.”

Handel’s weighing in on the race continues Collins’s accumulation of support in recent weeks.

She follows Rick Santorum, Barbara Dooley, and Newt Gingrich in choosing him over Hice, who’s found himself in hot water over past controversial remarks in recent weeks.

He’s punched back by claiming that Collins is not sufficiently conservative for the district, which included dredging up the voting record of his father, former Rep. Mac Collins.

Collins and Hice virtually tied in the May 20th primary, with the latter holding an edge of less than 300 votes heading into the July 22nd runoff.

May 1, 2014