Karen Handel & Charlie Bailey

Secretary of State Candidates Karen Handel and Charlie Bailey spoke this morning at the Gwinnett GOP monthly breakfast meeting. Bailey appeared to be ill and kept losing his train of thought as he spoke, which unfortunately for Charlie, left folks with a less than favorable impression of him. Hopefully it’s nothing serious and Charlie will get well soon.

Karen Handel touted her budget cutting measures (as reported by Erick in this post) and went on to speak a lot about her plans to improve the Secretary of State’s office. Handel claimed (and it was backed up by the Gwinnett elections board members who were present) that Cathy Cox made no preparations to implement the Voter ID law and gave local elections offices no guidelines. Of course an injunction was issued against implementation of the law, but she did not know that in advance and should have issued instructions for any special elections as well as November’s municipal elections. Handel claimed she would never take it upon herself, as SoS, to ignore laws the legislature passes. She also took Cox to task for Cox’s selective enforcement of ethics laws, for example the soft treatment of Cynthia McKinney’s campaigning at the polling place and her Dad’s rough handling of a election official a few years back. Handel frequently made mention of her plan to make the SoS more customer friendly – another area in which she says Cox has failed.

Former Gwinnett Commission Chairman Wayne Hill was in attendance, which, coupled with a recent fundraiser Handel had in Gwinnett, could indicate Handel has some strength among Gwinnett’s business community. I’ll keep an eye on how that develops, but I think we’ve got a race on our hands for Secretary of State, at least on the Republican side.


  1. Ben King says:

    didn’t Wayne HIll just lose, after Sonny backed him? I’m not sure that speaks to “strength”. I think it more speaks to connections they both have to Sonny Perdue. yawn

  2. UGA Wins 2005 says:

    This is an interesting race with both major GOP candidates hailing from the bedrock region of Republican voters.

    However, the smart money is on Stephens, with his contacts from the Senate and with his well known name in the northern arch around Atlanta.

    Charlie Baily is only happy if he is campaigning. I wish him well.

  3. 4ofspades says:

    I was in Gwinnett this morning as well. It should be noted that Burt Natusi introduced Handel. According to her website Commissoners Nasuti, Green and Kenerly have all endorsed her.

  4. Elliott says:

    This is totally off the subject but how has the peach pundit not seized upon the fact that Mark Taylor officially announced the endorsement of Cynthia McKinney at his press conference last week. Cynthis McKinney??? How can you pretend to be moderate now?

  5. Bill Simon says:

    Wow, Elliott…that’s very interesting news. Where was Decaturguy in posting that story? That should be his job to bring-in the news form the Dem side of life…

  6. Decaturguy says:

    Gosh, you put a lot of pressure on me Bill to keep up with everything. I have not heard anything about McKinney endorsing Taylor nor can I find anything on Taylor’s website or a news article about it. Do you have a link or source Elliot?

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