Congratulations Karen Handel and Gary Black!

Welcome to the winning team!

Sonny Perdue, Casey Cagle, Karen Handel, Perry Mcguire, Kathy Cox, John Oxendine, Brent Brown, and Gary Black along with Chuck Eaton and Stan Wise. 



  1. Maurice Atkinson says:

    This is a solid line up for the fall elections. In every category the Republican team is versed and poised to achieve some magnificent results. I couldn’t be more pleased with this ballot! It well balanced.

  2. waterboy says:

    Congrats indeed! They both endured the needless attacks, stayed the course and bested their opponents. Great job for these two class acts!

  3. Bull Moose says:

    You really couldn’t ask for a stronger, more qualified team than what we have here!

    Also, special words of congratulations to Joel MacElhan, who has established himself as one of the top political consultants in the state. Senator David Shafer who again proved strong leadership skills and forsight with his support of Karen Handel. County Commissioners and local elected officials who have people running for office that “get it” and will listen to their concerns. And most of all, congratulations to the tireless and dedicated volunteers who feel so strongly to get involved in these campaigns. You survived!

  4. Pinetop says:

    Well, the best man got his tail whipped twice in the same race. The best man needs to learn how to be a man. Take it like one and act like one.

    Bud-go on to bed and tomorrow you may feel different!

  5. Groseclose says:

    It was good to have the Governor and Mrs. Perdue at the celebration for most of the night. Also Sen. Tolleson, who had endorsed Kemp, came to the party once it was apparent that Kemp was no longer in the race. We are all proud of Gary, his family, and team. He is going to make a great Commissioner of Agriculture.

    Though Kemp became desperate towards the end, for the most part, Brian is a decent man. I wish him and his family the best.

    SouthernCo, so much for your four points, huh? And Bud, the best man did win. I am sure Gary would appreciate your support.

  6. atlantaman says:

    Kemp is a good man. If he runs for anything again the only advice I would give him is to ban the Peach Pundit from his campaign headquarters.

  7. Jack S says:

    Kudos to karen and gary. They deserve our full support in the general and I’m sure bill and kemp will give it like everyone else.

    Kemp will be back. He has too much to offer. But that’s for another time. Time for the team to get united and go win.

  8. bowersville says:

    We have a GREAT line up for November, tonight congratulations to Gary Black and Karen Handel. But let’s not forget the conservative candidate for the Georgia Supreme Court, Mike Wiggins. Wiggins, the conservative, is in a bid to unseat Carol Hunstein.

  9. techtrack says:

    kemp is a good giy, and we do need him. gary is the most qualified to run against irvin and beat him. i look forward to kemp coming back and helping us all.

  10. gatormathis says:

    Gary Black is to be commended for running a great race and weathering the attacks without resorting to pitiful character assassinations. I first met him over twenty years ago as a director in the local Farm Bureau. At that time he was building up the “Service Company” of the Georgia Farm Bureau by contacting each county and identifying our needs and items we could purchase on a collective basis to improve buying power and prices to us. He was very sincere, personable, and greatly improved this area of the company. Since then he has went on to the Agribusiness Council of Georgia, and it has grown under his leadership. Hopefully he will have the opportunity to improve the Ag Commissioner’s office in the same way.The man is AGRICULTURAL based. I have just gotten home from Perry where we had a great time with Gary and fellow supporters watching the results come in. Later on in the evening, we had a special surprise as the Governor and his gem of a wife dropped by. With a room full of great supporters and special guest, it was almost a replay of Saturday at Sonny’s 3rd Annual Fishfry. The Ag Center at Perry is such a wonderful facility, if you have never been there, find an excuse to go. The funny thing is, you couldn’t find an AJC reporter anywhere. Maybe they need directions on the location or something. Sonny had a bust-out crowd probably over three thousand, wonderful food and entertainment , BOTH of our U.S. SENATORS, several State Senators and Representatives, scores of statewide local office holders………..but no AJC. Maybe they were all covering the McKinney situation. Oh well, with CM out of the picture, we can hope for a few story lines in Georgia’s most subscribed paper. Only fitting, since we are definitely offering up the best and brightest ticket.
    Well……it’s off to bed now. I’ve already sent condolences to Senator Shafer for the loss of his neighboring congresswoman, chided him for being wrong on his pick in the ag race, but here’s to hoping he will keep up the good work. On a matter of personality, I think he is probably a nice guy, and I don’t really believe shep1975 meant to call him a german shepard. Maybe when shep gets some German Sheppards of his own, he won’t be so loose with the phrase.
    nite ya’ll.

  11. bowersville says:

    Kemp will be back, nobody is going to forget him, he has a lot to offer. Someone mentioned earlier Kemp for chairman of the GOP. Not a bad idea.

  12. Oz says:

    Time for everyone to get on board from November. No matter who your candidate was in the primaries. Lots of work to do between now and November.


    I send my congraulations out to the HANDEL AND BLACK camps, good race. Now we’ve got to put it to the Dem’s in November and I am looking forward to supporting both. Brian will live to fight another day, now we must concentrate on the general. I must say I have enjoyed the sparring. I love this game.

  14. Jimbo says:

    Bullmoose, you are wrong about Joel. His candidate Kemp got his tail whipped pretty good last night. And his candidate Cagle will lose in November.

    My prediction is Cagle will lose by 7%

  15. UnknownTruths says:

    August 8, 2006 at 11:21 pm · By Bull Moose · Filed under Politics

    Welcome to the winning team!

    Sonny Perdue, Casey Cagle, Karen Handel, Perry Mcguire, Kathy Cox, John Oxendine, Brent Brown, and Gary Black along with Chuck Eaton and Stan Wise.

    This line up makes me want to say, proud to be an American, proud to be a conservative and proud to say……

    I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to The Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

  16. MorganCoGOP says:

    “My prediction is Cagle will lose by 7%” – Jimbo

    What the hell have you been smoking? Have you seen Jim Martin in a debate? Cagle is going to roll over him in November. Cagle is in line with the voters of Georgia, and with a strong Perdue/Cagle ticket this should be easy.

  17. Jimbo says:

    Morgangop, I have not been smoking anything. Just being realistic.

    Martin will start out with a base of 40% and go up from there. The Reed supporters votes will be split between Cagle, Martin and Buckley. I would say that some even will not vote for Lt. Governor.

    Cagle ran an extremely devisive and negative campaign. You Cagle supporters still have not come to grips with the fact, the votes were mostly anti Reed not pro Cagle. When you run such a negative campaign, like the Marianna accusations, you run the risk of pissing off the opponents supporters and not getting their votes in November which is what Cagle has done.
    The Republian voters will be divided on the Lt. Governor’s race.

    I am sure you guys thought Stephens and Kemp would win as well.

  18. MorganCoGOP says:

    You also have to remember that conservatives Democrats in South Georgia who voted Dem in the Primary, or didn’t vote at all, will probably vote for Cagle in November.

  19. Maurice Atkinson says:

    Jimbo, your assessment is whacked. Here is what you are going to see. Because ALL of the candidates are successful in their own right and communicated an effective agenda, look for a united front. Unless the national malaise filters down and drags these races, look for a Republican sweep.

    In every category each candidate is far better prepared than the Democrat candidate. They are versed, their ideas are visionary and they have effectively communicated that vision to audiences all over this state. Simply compare the debates between the Dems and the Republican field. I was amazed that Majette seemed clueless and had no vision, simply trying to get elected to a “job”.

    Jimbo, it is apparent that you put a lot of energy into your candidate’s race. That is commendable, but the whining and bantering dissention does nothing for you or the Party. If you take the time to get to know these individuals instead of reacting to perceived spin, I’m certain you will have a far different outlook.

    In other words, suck it up and move on.

  20. Jimbo says:

    Morgangop, what are you smoking? You have to be kidding me. Martin has served in state government and is not known as a liberal.

    Think about the votes Buckley will get.

    Think about the voters that will vote for Perdue then vote Democratic for Lt. Governor so the government will be split.


    The private sector is more efficient than public sector

    Separation of church and state

    Competition is good

    Government should exist only to serve the people, by handling things of common benefit that cannot be done efficiently on an individual basis (e.g., police services)

    Eminent domain needs to be restricted to traditional government needs

    Open government is essential

    Entitlements are not good

    Parents should be responsible for taking care of their children

    Protection of the environment

    A reasonable immigration policy should be enforced, primarily by significantly penalizing employers that hire illegal immigrants

    Fiscal Responsibility is a MUST

  21. jsm says:

    I think Sonny, McGuire, and Black have the toughest roads ahead of them looking toward November. We Republicans need to unify behind these guys and get the base energized.

    I met McGuire a couple months ago and was immensely impressed with him. He will be a superb Attorney General that will work on real problems rather than wasting taxpayer money suing the governor.

    This fall is going to be fun.

  22. Jimbo says:

    Maurice, you are not facing the fact that many will not vote for Cagle. The ticket might run as a united front but many voters will not vote that way. Some voters believe in split governing.

    You Cagle people just take it for granted that Reed supporters will just fall in line and support Cagle and that is not going to happen. That is the risk of running a campaign like Cagle did. Face facts.

    There is alot of anger out there. Why do you think that the big majority of Reed supporters voted for Handel and Black?

  23. Maurice Atkinson says:

    There were a lot of Reed supporter supporting any and all of the candidates. Your assessment is seriously flawed. Your man had way too much baggage and serious issues, and he simply refused to address it. But that’s old news.

    I know of many Reed supporters who strongly supported Sen. Stelphens and several who supported Handel. That was their choice, big deal. I personally liked all the candidates and all were quite capable. But in a race somebody always ends up last.

  24. Dawgsrock says:

    The Reed/Cagle race is over. Let’s move on. In the republican primaries the people who were most qualified for the office that they were running for won. Let’s focus on November and get them elected.

    Perdue, Cagle, Handel, McQuire, Black, Brown, Wise, Eaton.

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