Nathan Deal endorses Karen Handel in Sixth District runoff. Again

Sometimes, a Tweet just isn’t enough. First thing this morning, Karen Handel’s congressional campaign machine issued an extended statement of support from Gov. Nathan Deal:

“I’m supporting Karen Handel because she is a strong conservative who will represent the best interests of those in the 6th Congressional District…She will be a steadfast and unwavering champion for Georgia’s priorities in Washington. Republicans will need all hands on deck to defeat Jon Ossoff on June 20th and I look forward to being a part of the effort.”

Handel was “humbled,” etc., and declared the governor’s support to be “critically important.”

On Wednesday, Deal and his chief of staff had both sent out notes of congratulations via Twitter:

But the history between Deal and Handel is such that it might require more reassurance that normal. As many journalists unhelpfully pointed out after Tuesday’s balloting, Handel had questioned Deal’s ethical standards not just during their bitter GOP primary runoff for governor in 2010, but afterwards as well. In a book. And the printed page, unlike your Twitter feed, has a habit of hanging around.

Even so, Handel started the reconciliation process in 2014, when she endorsed Deal’s re-election as governor. And she already has made several trips to Deal’s office this year to consult with the governor and his staff.

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If you think it never stops, you’re right: Our AJC colleague Aaron Gould Sheinin tells us early voting for the Sixth District runoff on June 20 begins May 2. That’s just 12 days away.

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You might remember Arthur Gardner, one of the lesser-known Republican candidates in the 2014 race for U.S. Senate. A good guy with a talent for numbers.

Not that he won very many, but Gardner calculated that votes in that primary went for $15 per, once all spending was added up. ‘I got about 6,000 votes and I recall that my fundraising/spending was about $90,000.  The $15/vote number was rather consistent top to bottom,” he wrote yesterday.

Gardner has tallied up spending in Tuesday’s Sixth District special election, campaigns and super PACs combined. The ballot/spending ratio he arrived at: $73 per vote.

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The headline of the Atlanta Magazine piece by Rembert Browne, a journalist and Paideia School graduate, was too good to skip over: “My high school friend Jon Ossoff almost became a Congressman last night.” Here’s one of our favorite parts:

If there had been a chocolate fountain and a set of candles, this could have been a Bar Mitzvah. Who knew? An election party was like My Super Sweet 16. I started saying that we were 100 percent lifting Ossoff in a chair and doing the hora to Hava Nagila if he won outright.

 

Our crew of friends that had known him for so long couldn’t get over this was all for him. People were hitting the stage, talking about how much they believed in our serious but goofy friend. It was surreal. I kept saying I felt like I was in an episode of The West Wing, but my friend accurately corrected me—this was a special election episode of Parks and Recreation.

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The conservative advocacy group FreedomWorks for America is urging its grassroots activists to back Republican Karen Handel in Georgia’s 6th District runoff.

Why is this important? During the first round of the race, Handel was criticized by the super PAC Club for Growth, whose policy positions frequently overlap with those of FreedomWorks, for being a “big-spending career politician.”

It’s just another sign that Republicans are moving to rally around the former secretary of state after weeks of infighting.

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An influential University of Georgia faculty group unanimously adopted a resolution urging Gov. Nathan Deal to veto the “campus carry” measure that would legalize firearms on college campuses.

The Franklin College Faculty Senate’s resolution warns that if Deal signs the measure, some professors would seek jobs elsewhere and others would turn down job offers at UGA.

“We continue to believe that a robust and open academic environment requires that all feel safe and free from intimidation and/or potential violence,” the resolution read.

“If this legislation is enacted, and students and faculty are hesitant to discuss sensitive or controversial topics because of the presence of guns on campus and in our classrooms, the academic integrity of UGA will be greatly compromised,” it added.

Supporters of the measure, including a majority of the statehouse’s ruling Republicans, have characterized it as a safety measure that would lead to less violence on campus.

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Kay Frances Mitchell
Kay Frances Mitchell

Come on Handel, come on out & fight, we are behind you.\U0001f1fa\U0001f1f8\U0001f44d

Ellie Gratz
Ellie Gratz

There is no bigger danger to the Republican agenda than a Democrat who has firmly moved toward the center. A candidate who is always decent in tone and character, and who brings with him a healthy dose of education and competence.

Kelley Marie
Kelley Marie

Of course he does. Moving on...\U0001f644

Shirley Hinton
Shirley Hinton

Like the recent Harvard graduate who was sooo decietful and a coward and couldnt make a choice if his life depended on it. Lot of,good,his education got him

Marilyn Carruthers
Marilyn Carruthers

Thank you Nathan Deal for your endorsing Karen Handel. We support her all the way.\U0001f1fa\U0001f1f8

Barbara Austen Cheng
Barbara Austen Cheng

Who cares what Nathan Deal thinks. He doesn't care about my family, but I do. That's why I'm fighting for Ossoff. Republicans love polluters, predatory lenders, taking money from my public schools. I want something back for my taxes - not another tax break bonanza for billionaires while they cut affordable healthcare, Social Security and Medicare. Republicans offer my family nothing other than making it easier to get a gun. I don't care about your guns, I care about my schools, consumer rights, human rights and dignity for all. Go Ossoff. Who cares about Deal. I don't.

Marion Baker
Marion Baker

Why Doesnt Ossoff tell everybody that he apprenticed under Hank Johnson . The same Hank Johnson that said that Guam would capsize if the Marines were on the Island ! LOL :-) Yep that is the Intelligence that some of those Degrees will get you . Need someone with experience , something that young Jon would not have . Would like to see his wimpy butt in a combat zone as his earlier ads tried to make you believe that he was saving all those girls and he was well experienced Security expert . LOL

Cathy Mclaurin
Cathy Mclaurin

In normal situations that would be the kiss of death...But, not in Georgia...

Shirley Hinton
Shirley Hinton

OK so what about all the money that the CLINTON FOUNDATION TOOK FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD..ARE PEOPLE CRAZY WHO CARES IF Russia interfered they exposed what CLINTONS were doing! I don't care about this stupid RUSSIAN argument .. WE dodged a bullet with HILLARY BEING KICKED TO THE CURVE but next time we may not be so lucky.

Shirley Hinton
Shirley Hinton

Idiots ! How can you reason with any of them ? Get out of the way we are trying to keep our country !

Shelton Brown Jr
Shelton Brown Jr

Facts are your friends! Learn them and stop repeating debunked lies from the right.

Marilyn Mitchell Davidson
Marilyn Mitchell Davidson

The Clintons have a foundation that actually helps people. Yes, they accept money so the foundation works. Trump has a foundation, too. But, wait, isn't there a problem with his "foundation"???

Marilyn Mitchell Davidson
Marilyn Mitchell Davidson

Trump is a loose cannon who's going to get all of us killed. He's an empty suit, has crap for brains, and is mentally, today, a toddler. Good grief, people, what does it take for you to read up and listen to real news. Not Fox!! We need everyone to pay attention.

Shirley Hinton
Shirley Hinton

What is he going to do ...look what is running against her ..this is paid for by far left liberals make no mistake as to why they want Oshoff in ...its the liberal agenda take over of this country..Wake up conseravatives WAKE UP !!!

Shelton Brown Jr
Shelton Brown Jr

It would be the liberals who have saved this country time and time again. Liberals are responsible for all the good things that have happened for people. What has the GOP done in 30 years to benefit average Americans?

Shirley Hinton
Shirley Hinton

Once again IDIOTS ! Iam the daughter of a BRONZE STAR American soldier from Normandy June 1944 so bug off ! I know what America is about Liberals are clueless and will destroy this country if allowed...liberals have fooled us for the last time we see through all your hooey arguments Iam also the daughter of a immigrant..never took a dime from government..not ever didnt have to live the high life just raised me ..no excuses no pleas for help just educated me and worked all their lives they were CONSERVATIVES decent people not radical far left coo coos ...now his grandchildren all all college graduates..one is a doctor ..WHY ? Because we live in America and turning it over to idiots wont work ....MAGA

Shirley Hinton
Shirley Hinton

Oh ps ..Iam a CHRISTIAN BELIEVER and my father raised me without a mother no help no family So turn off the liberal blah blah blah ..learn what made this country great it isn't whining over all the obstacles , get out there and make it happen ..liberals dont do that they just lie ..I voted for a liar twice and learned my lesson once and for all being conservative is living it ..no perfect people ..none .. but we cant lie

Naykishia D. Head
Naykishia D. Head

Shirley Hinton.... And? You act like other people didn't have relatives in WWII... You act like you are the only one who worked and made something of yourself... I know several people and that doesn't mean they have to be conservative and keep us stuck in the 1880s... So, yeah.

Shirley Hinton
Shirley Hinton

My anchor isn't this country its Gods word . The liberal left is anti God anti family anti law ,I didn't do any if any thing God did it , God did by following his wisdom you seriously cant see what the evil liberals have done to those country. Its not about race ..but they are trying to make it about race ..its not about gender but they are trying ..any thing anything anything to turn people from the truth ..ia mention dads war history because he didnt come here and complain about how bad things were .instead he worked as a waiter all his life and saved and did thing s right and honorable. He adored America and was very patriotic ..never complained and never wanted what others had.conservative is right because its right to do right Ive been both ..being liberal is a loosing proposition .no common sense ,so may principles are just tossed and expect things to still work out .. It wont never will .. I ve seen it . Making it as you say isnt it ..its doing whats right teaching young people whats right living that life ...those are the things worthwhile. ..liberal thinking is in the end very very destructive .dead end street . Like Lou Rawls use to sing ITS A UP HILL,CLIMB TO THE BOTTOM . WAKE UP AND Get ON THE RIGHT SIDE ..MAKE A REAL DIFFERENCE

Shelton Brown Jr
Shelton Brown Jr

There it is just tell the whole truth - you think you are better than other Americans because of the service of your father. Reality check you aren't. If the word of God was truly your guide you would know that and live your life in service to others. How did the right get things so wrong and then attempt to put God in it. He has nothing to do with your selfish and vile views. Jesus commanded that we be concerned with the least, last and lost. The bible is clear on how we are to treat strangers. It is also clear in more verses than I want to write here that God will hold us accountable for how we treated others especially the vulnerable. Patriotism wrapped in hatred or superiority is no patriotism at all. It all comes down to the questions asked by both sides when passing laws. On the right the questions are always how does it benefit me and if it doesn't they don't care. For the left it is how does it impact everyone especially the poor and disenfranchised. If it would benefit us but hurt them it isn't worth it. That's why liberals are the ones working and paying taxes as indicated in Clinton winning the economy.

Shirley Hinton
Shirley Hinton

Dad has nothing to do with this ..fact ..he never told me about his service till my children were in high school so anything we dod or felt wasn't from what he said ,,it was how he taught me and how he showed us by his life ..no victim mentality for us We were too busy living . I gardened gardens and taught my family how to work , I has no reason to be uppity , I worked ..taught them to work ..no victim mentality ..we qualified for many things but nope I told them we don't need help we would need to work harder my daughter who is a lawyer today cut nieghbors grass with push mower in highschool , the other worked and went to school . Gods word say you dont work you don't eat ..patriosim wrapped in hatred ? Thats nuts . Hatred pf what.. my family came from dirt poor people mother worked in a factory all her life ..why is it people trip over the truth . How many prisons have you visited or how many bible studies have you studied for , how many homes have you cleaned for a sick person , or spent hours encouraging others ? Your so mistaken ,,i am still against liberal thinking its satans tool .. it not from God . liberal thinking robs people of their potential .. they major on minors ..and they domt help any one ..instead they help thmselves ..Iam very thankful for my dad but he was sinner like anyone else But he never forgot his roots and work ethics..and he never backed away from this country .He loved this country . he was a conservative and his life showed it . I spent my life teaching my own children as God said to do If a person doesnt take care of their own ..he is worse then a infidel.. you need to leave the liberal thinking its not good Comservatives need you and will appreciate you and your worth

Shirley Hinton
Shirley Hinton

Ps you call Hillary spending millions for her daughters wedding from Clinton foundation helping needy ? Google it its true ..they have taken so much ..like in Hati the deals they m ade put thier family there too to make money ..didnt help Haitians ..they have they are thieves .. horrible people dont be fooled ..they really are thieves .

Doug Rogers
Doug Rogers

A corporate stooge endorsed a corporate stooge.

Esther Sutton
Esther Sutton

YAY.....SO PROUD OF DEAL. KEEP IT RED ALL THE WAY!

Jerry Broome
Jerry Broome

Good God! Obama, Soros, the Clintons, MSM, super powers and super rich elites HAVE lied, committed frauds, committed treason, subordinated our judicial and legislative branches, and subordinated our constitution, most grotesquely the past 8 years, not in the name of individual citizens, but in the name of radical Islam sympathizers, socialists, and globalists. You think what is going on now just happened, it's been intentionally planned for years! Holy Cow, our greatest and most immediate threat is willful ignorance of a certain mass of voters.

Shelton Brown Jr
Shelton Brown Jr

Yes, I agree a group of ignorant voters who blindly follow party over their own interests. Interesting enough they also keep vote for the same policies that have allowed their wages to decrease, education to plummet and corruption abounds.

Jerry Broome
Jerry Broome

I did. They didn't come from MSM. I'm good!

Cynthia Duggan Carrington
Cynthia Duggan Carrington

Yes, Jerry it is! Please make sure to check out the facts of your post because I don't want you to be a perpetrator of this ignorance.

Terry L Wagnon
Terry L Wagnon

Of course he does she is in bed with him and all his crooks

Joe Dawsey
Joe Dawsey

Ahhhh GASP Ahhhhh What a shock !!!!

Sue Anne Morgan
Sue Anne Morgan

Handel is worthless. I was liking Nathan Deal recently...now...not so much.

Gregory Cancryn
Gregory Cancryn

Ossoff went on to earn his Master of Science degree from London School of Economics in 2013 where he wrote his thesis on trade relations between the United States and China. Handel has a GED and is a community college DROP OUT. Why do republicans constantly send and support such below average people, to positions of influence?

Cecelia Landress
Cecelia Landress

Do your research... 1980: After graduating in May 1980 from Frederick Douglass High School in Upper Marlboro, Handel attended both Prince George's Community College and The University of Maryland, but did not complete any degree.

Diana McGowan Pate
Diana McGowan Pate

I do not care what he has done... NO 30 year old has enough LIFE EXPERIENCE to hold this kind of office.

Becky Waldrep Jones
Becky Waldrep Jones

Let's look at John O. for a moment. He interned under Hank Johnson for 5 years, "high security clearance" for 5 months. Everyone around Wahington DC has "high security clearance" because they work with the Feds. John is being mentored by John Lewis. John O. was "hand picked" by Nancy Pelosi. These are 3 people I do not respect because of their past actions.

Becky Waldrep Jones
Becky Waldrep Jones

Correct. She does have her GED. Apparently, people don't research the candidates.

Erin Sandlin
Erin Sandlin

They support her because they often support anti-intellectualism, knowingly or otherwise. It is such a frequent feature of the conservative mindset that it is now a fixture of the stereotype. I don't personally favor her as a candidate because she's been called out for welshing on campaign expenses and not paying the people who have done work for her. She is also a female misogynist, who has actively and consciously worked to hurt the rights of other women, especially those in marginalized communities/lower socioeconomic statuses. I'm not a party line voter, but the Republican Party has not put forth a candidate at any level of government in recent years that I can support.

Becky Waldrep Jones
Becky Waldrep Jones

Think about who is supporting John O. and decide if you want more of the disrespect that is running across the USA today. Don't yell and march. Read and you decide!

Gregory Cancryn
Gregory Cancryn

Becky Waldrep Jones FINE Vote for the High School DROP OUT, who practiced voter supression, and violated her oath as sec of state for georgia

Gregory Cancryn
Gregory Cancryn

Cecelia Landress Completed with a GED. Obviously college was going to be a big challenge for a person like that

Cecelia Landress
Cecelia Landress

Kay Frances Mitchell... there are all types of education that count in life... I only mentioned it above because the person above made an error in his statement about her lack of education. Personally, I would like to see another person in the position. I do not think Ossoff is qualified at all. At least she has more experience. Ossoff appears to be a bought human being lacking moral judgement.

Gregory Cancryn
Gregory Cancryn

Becky Waldrep Jones I never assumed WHO you voted for. I'm saying FINE. If you want to vote for her with those credentials, fine.

Gregory Cancryn
Gregory Cancryn

Ossoff lacks moral judgement? Morality is subjective. I think Handel lacks moral judgement. I believe her efforts as Sec of State violated her oath of office