Karen Handel calls in some big guns for her Georgia special election campaign

Former Secretary of State Karen Handel doesn’t have the personal wealth of her top rivals in the Georgia special election. And fundraising has long been a challenge for her. But now we have evidence she’s calling in the big guns.

Former U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss and Republican mega-donor Fred Cooper will hold a fundraiser for Handel on Wednesday at Cooper’s Buckhead home. The suggested contributions start at $1,000 a couple.

Financial disclosures for the 18-candidate April 18 special election aren’t due until next week, so there’s a lot we don’t know about how much each candidate has spent.

But we know that Handel was vastly outspent in her last race, the 2014 campaign for an open U.S. Senate seat, by her Republican rivals. And we know that the roughly $5 million spent on TV ads so far in this year’s campaign for the 6th District don’t include a dime from her.

Thanks to her trio of statewide campaigns and roots in the district, which stretches from east Cobb to north DeKalb, that hasn’t seemed to hurt. She’s the top Republican in most of the polls – internal and external – that have surfaced.

But the dynamic is about to change dramatically. Republicans scrambling for a slice of the electorate will sharpen their attacks. And Club for Growth, the conservative super PAC that backed Bob Gray, has telegraphed a coming attack on Handel.

Pretty soon, it seems, she’ll need to dig into her campaign coffers to play some defense.

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Lisa Wellstead
Lisa Wellstead

She will rubber stamp Trumps agenda. Jon will work his Ossoff!

Barbara Austen Cheng
Barbara Austen Cheng

So done with Republicans who seem to hate our environment, our public schools, affordable healthcare not to mention truth and common sense. This woman needs to seek a job elsewhere ...

Valerie Hall
Valerie Hall

Don't need another repug vote for that young man please. He already has a giant lead anyway. She is not fit.

Tressa Rawl
Tressa Rawl

You honestly think I'm going to pay you to read your news! I can get the same news for free ...no thanks AJC!

Dustin Ketchem
Dustin Ketchem

Osoff has her scared. She should be. The Democratic base is on fire right now. Will she #FeelTheBern?

Maria Acosta
Maria Acosta

No need to bring a candidate who polarized people into it. This is a positive campaign focused on issues not personas. :)

Dustin Ketchem
Dustin Ketchem

Nobody brought Clinton or Trump into this. Their jail cells are still warm and waiting.

Ria Austin
Ria Austin

This woman shall not be elected, please repeat after me: shall not be elected!

Constance Rutledge
Constance Rutledge

You just keep proving my point. You don't seem very bright. Anyone can lie on Facebook. My IQ is 188. See how easy that was ??

Diane Lipham Kirkland
Diane Lipham Kirkland

This is my last reply. You are not right. My response was as intelligent as yours. I am not hate filled. I love America and the POTUS. I don't thump the bible I read it. You might find it interesting. My IQ is probably higher than yours. I'm college educated and IQ is 165. Don't reply cause I'm not wasting any more time.

Constance Rutledge
Constance Rutledge

You have no reply because you know I'm right. Airhead ?? Oh that's rich coming from a moron who can't give an intelligent response. Typical hate filled, bible thumping, low IQ twit.

Diane Lipham Kirkland
Diane Lipham Kirkland

I have no reply as you have your face, ears and brain covered like you photo.

Constance Rutledge
Constance Rutledge

Name just 1 republican bill that's favored citizens over corporate interests in the last 10+ years. There's none. Our republican congress blocked every jobs & veterans bill for the last 6 years & McConnell has openly bragged about it. Washington republicans are currently trying to gut social security & Medicare too. Republican politicians work for the corporations that line their pockets and not for the people who elect them. Anyone can verify this simply by looking at republican bills and votes. The crooked, corporate owned GOP & its low information, gullible, hate filled base are destroying this country. Oddly, most republicans have the nerve to call themselves Christians. Their ideas & actions are definitely not Christ like.

Bill Sengstacken
Bill Sengstacken

You can love Trump, or you can love America. But you can't love both, as they are diametrically opposed.

Erik Moore
Erik Moore

Never underestimate the stupidity of conservatives. Look at Mark Sanford in SC. Having an affair and through as a governor, they turned around and set him up with a tax payer funded job in Congress. Maybe it's time for Handel and this GOP clown car group to get real jobs that are not government funded?

Erik Moore
Erik Moore

He was using tax payer money to fly to Brazil to visit his mistress. Yes, a great conservative guy!

Erik Moore
Erik Moore

Well thought out and presented! Great argument against the stupidity of conservatives!

Tracy Martin
Tracy Martin

Notice how Republican voters have no problem with Republicans courting corporate sponsors but, oh he'll no, it's never okay when dems do it.

Chris Avers
Chris Avers

this is the first ive seen of her... leaning Bob Gray

Howard Smith
Howard Smith

She would be a total disaster for Georgians.

ptcrunner
ptcrunner

A long time ago, I felt that Karen was a good moderate, but over the years, she has proven that she caters to the mindless alt-right and it's a fact that quite frankly, she's an incompetent boob. Anyone who supports this character is a misinformed voter. Aside from all that, Karen sucked up to Sarah Palin and railed against Planned Parenthood - two huge strikes against this unqualified candidate. To be honest, this race is filled with a GOP clown car with the clowns falling all over themselves as it all goes over a cliff. Ossoff looks better and better - so it's no wonder he is leading in the polls. The GOP candidates are cancelling each other out in this race. 

IceDogg
IceDogg

@ptcrunner So, a clown car of GOP candidates and a single democrat leading in the polls? In other words, exactly like the presidential election the republicans just lost? Oh, that's right... Handel will win, with or without your support. The 6th District isn't looking for a "moderate" - and haven't been for decades.

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