Okay, corny title. As I was departing Atlanta for Washington today, my Treo buzzed with a press release from Karen Handel’s team noting the hiring of Jamie Ayers, Nick’s wife. She’ll be the Deputy Political Director and Deputy Finance Director.
I’m not even going to waste time calling around and asking questions only to get diplomatic non-denail denying admissions. One can hardly imagine Mrs. Ayers going to work for a Republican in a contested state wide primary without the blessing of her relative the Governor, who we know is already a fan of Karen’s. Will he issue a formal endorsement and will that set him at odds with the Senate leadership?
Likewise Robert Hennessy, who had worked on Dylan Glenn’s campaign, will be the campaign travel aide. I did not realize until the other day that my friend Steve Butler is Karen’s COS in Fulton County. This seems to be another blending of the Glenn/Perdue group that was with Dylan when he ran for Congress.
I can only expect Lynn Westmoreland, who continues to grow in popularity with the base, to start beating the bushes for Bill Stephens.