Handel & Black

Congratulations to you both. Well done and well deserved. And to Gary Black especially — you ran one hell of a clean race. Well done.

Karen — fantastic! Just fantastic! Hi Steve! (both of you!)


  1. bowersville says:

    I was going to get ugly here and talk about the claim that someone is to emotional and how another candidates ears were still ringing from past races but I’m not. What I will say is Handel got her vision of the future of the SoS before the people. Her opponent didn’t. Handel will take her platform of vision to the people of Georgia and will become the 1st Republican SoS in this century!

  2. Jimbo says:

    How about that 4% Southern Comfort?

    I supported Handel and Black as did most Reed people.

    The State Senators might have learned humility now.

    They think Cagle won because of them, but Cagle’s votes were anti Reed votes and those votes will vote for Martin in November.

    My what a wide margin Handel and Black won by….

  3. landman says:

    My congrats to both Black and Handel and now that the process has played out ,unlike immature whiners such as Jimbo et al I look forward to helping them win in November.

    Jimbo if you are so ignorant that you would rather have a Liberal Trial Lawyer be our Lt. Gov rather than an experienced Conservative Republican,please do us all a favor and make a public pledge to never father children or move to Alabama,because we do not need anymore dumba*** in the gene pool here in the Great State of Georgia.

  4. debbie0040 says:

    I hate to break this to you landman, but there are ALOT of longtime GOP activists that will not vote for Cagle. I will but many others will not .

    That will not change before November.

    There is even a Republicans for Buckley movement starting.

    You guys are really putting the cart before the horse.

    I really don’t think you can characterize Allen Buckley as a liberal trial lawyer.

    I hear the Shaffer will challenge Eric Johnson for his post.

    I hope Eric is willing to fight.

  5. Jace Walden says:


    I’m voting for Cagle, but I just wanted to let you know that when you call someone who stands for a Free Market Economy, School Vouchers, Income Tax Cuts, Privitized Health Savings Accounts, Excluding State Services to Illegal Immigrants, and taking tax money AWAY from Abortions “Liberal”, then you sound like an idiot.

    Your posts typically make sense. But when you play the whole “everyone who is not a Republican is a Liberal” card…you sound like a partisan boot-licker.

    I still agree with most of your posts. I’m just pointing this out as a courtesy.


    Those who know how the game is played, and want to remain credable will do the right thing and promote our FULL ticket in November. Hey, I will admit defeat in a couple of races, the big picture is our party’s continued success.If it’s true as Debbie states that some may choose not to support CC in November I think we will find out who they are and thier true motives. Jimbo, you are just a kid and in time will understand all the dynamics invovled in growing and maintaining a majority. But, in the meanwhile don’t make an a** out of yourself. Debbie, you and RR followers need to get your heart right…..

  7. debbie0040 says:

    I am urging voters to support the full ticket. There are voters that will not and I am not going to tell those if they don’t support the full ticket don’t support it at all. We will need every vote for any office we can get…
    My heart is right.

    Some think it is the Cagle and his supporters that need to get their hearts right because Cagle accused another Republican of supporting forced abortions and child labor and that reall y angered Reed supporters. It is also rumored that the Cagle supporters in the state senate are more or less threatening state senators that supported Reed. You have to know that Reed supporters will not sit by and let that pass…

  8. Romegaguy says:

    The 100 or so Reed supporters that are still pissed at Casey’s overwhelming victory and wont vote for Casey in November will not cost him his election.

    As far as alleged retalliation against the 2 or 3 Senators that supported Reed… That’s the chance you run when you bet on the losing horse but I bet that nothing happens to them as they are busy trying to kiss and make up right not.

  9. jackson says:

    For Pete’s sake, Debbie and Jimbo — LET IT GO. REED LOST.

    It’s amazing. It truly shows the class of some people. Handel/Black won, yet you try to make this out to be a Reed-Cagle thing. It’s not. Do you really think Casey Cagle wanted Bill Stephens to win? FYI to the uninformed: They cant stand each other.

    I am going to support Handel and Black. No Question. But its funny how the folks that won, still have no class and continue to bash the losers. Let it go and move on.

  10. jackson says:

    By Folks that won, I dont mean Handel and Black. I am referring to some of their supporters here on the PP.

  11. Jimbo says:

    It is you Jackson that lack class. Still whipped by your wife?

    I know most Reed supporters voted for Karen and Black .

    Debbie may vote for Cagle, but I can assure you that I will not. And there are way more than 100…

    Want to go on record Jackson and predict Cagle’s margin of victory? I say he loses by 7 points…

  12. Mike says:

    Congrats to Kemp for running a good campain. As I often stated, if he had won I would have fully supported him. I’m sure that we haven’t seen the last of him.

    You Reed-Cagle folks need to cut all the BS, act like adults and try to come together for the party.

  13. Demonbeck says:


    Reed supporters who don’t support Cagle are RINOs and are bound to go down in history somewhere between Flaggers and Homosexual Republicans in terms of effectiveness as a voting bloc.

  14. Jimbo says:

    Debbie may have sold out and be voting for Cagle because of her party position, but many others have not.

    Now that the primary is over volunteers will be scarce because they will be divided among the campaigns. State Senators like Mullis, Hill and others with Democratic opposition will be busy fighting for their political lives.

    Cagle will not the support he did when he took on Reed.

    I am not a RINO, but i am principled.

  15. RuralDem says:

    Whatever happened to “vote the person not the party”?

    With some people on here it seems that you could have a socialist running with a R beside their name and they’ll get more support than a conservative running with a D beside their name.

    We’re talking about Georgia for those who don’t realize it. This is a state where, 10 years ago you had to go out and beg someone to run as a republican in most areas.

  16. Mike says:

    Jimbo–You may not be a RINO, but you sure are childish. MY guy didn’t win so I’m taking my ball AND GOING HOME. Truly pathetic.

  17. HJ Bailey says:

    Tommy irvin slept easy last night I bet.

    Kemp will be back. At least, for Georgia’s sake, I hope so.

    Well, sonny got what wanted. Hope he is happy. He can have a big orgy with all his hand picked candidates now.

    Let’s work hard to get them elected but a lot of them are going to lose no matter how hard we work.

  18. debbie0040 says:

    I supported Black but liked Kemp and thought he just chose the wrong office to run for.

    He sent out this email that really shows class.:

    Dear Friends,

    First, Marty and I want to thank you for all that you have done for our campaign. Your support has meant more than you will ever know and we are deeply thankful for it.

    Unfortunately, we were not victorious this time, but I am still very proud of the campaign we ran and to have had your support through thick and thin.

    Now the time has come to focus our attention to the General Election. During one of our debates, Gary Black and I pledged to help in the General Election whoever won the runoff. I am living up to that pledge and will send Gary a contribution to help his campaign very shortly. He has my endorsement and support.

    I ask all Republicans to rally to our ticket. Every candidate running statewide and in our General Assembly seats needs our help. Whether it be going door to door, making phone calls or sending in a contribution, every candidate on our ticket needs our full support.

    The time has come to set aside our differences and focus on winning for our values and our principles in the General Election! I hope all Republicans will join me in rallying to that worthy cause.


  19. ConservativeFire says:

    Yeah he is. You are right tech, Kemp will be back. We need him. Georgia needs him. There is not a better leader, man of conviction and character than Brian Kemp and I hope he runs again soon.

  20. landman says:

    Jace/Debbie,you misunderstood my comment to Jimbo.To be more clear the point I was trying to make is if Jimbo and people like him,cant be mature enough to accept the Primary results and instead cast a vote for Buckley as a anti-Cagle vote,all it does is assure that Jim Martin will win and he is a LIBERIAL TRIAL LAWYER ,and that’s who would be the beneficiary of that behavior,not Buckley.

    The bottom line is the Republican Party in Georgia will have contested Primaries from this point forward,as there should be and we as a Party should rally behind the victor regardless of our Primary choice.

    There is no gray area in the Lt.Gov race you have a clear contrast in ideology between Cagle and Martin and anyone who professes to be a Republican would not consider doing anything to allow the Dems to win this office.

    On another note, yes Kemp is a class act and coming from someone who was very active in the campaign and considers Brian a good friend, I can assure you that he like I will work to help get Gary elected,because the end in mind is to displace the Democratic office holders at every level across our state.

  21. SouthATL says:

    Commissioner Irvin woke up this morning with a kick in his step when he was informed of the results. He is saying damn, “this is going to be fun.”

    Looks like we will have another 4 years of Irvin. Sad day for Georgia.

  22. Sandy Brothers says:

    I supported Kemp and I probably would have preferred Reed and even Stephens, but I accept our nominees and think they will all do well. They’ll all get my 100% support this fall and I think most Republicans will get on board.

    But I still think the biggest news of this primary season is the potential shakeup that is going to happen in the Georgia General Assembly. Those of us who hang around the capitol hear rumors all the time, but it seems clear that Senators Shafer, Rogers, Pearson, and Mullis are planning a palace coup with the help of Cagle who owes them his victory.

    The only question is which will inherit the top jobs and committees. It seems clear that their intention is to get rid of Majority Leader Williams and President Johnston.

    This may mean a big change next January.

    But to the victors go the spoils. I think they are great senators and will do what is best for our state.

  23. techtrack says:

    ia has this ststement from sonny

    Perdue Comments On GOP Runoffs
    (8/9/06) Gov. Sonny Perdue issued this statement on the Republican runoffs Tuesday:

    “Conservatives had two great choices for Secretary of State. Karen Handel undoubtedly brings a lot to our ticket. I was proud to have her serve in my administration, and I will be just as proud to have her campaigning beside me. When Karen is elected Secretary of State, her honesty and integrity will ensure that Georgians have fair and accurate elections.

  24. debbie0040 says:

    Sandy, all ot that could change if Cagle does not win in November. I do not like what I am hearing so far…

  25. debbie0040 says:

    It sounds like they are planning on retaliating against Reed supporters as well in the State Senate. If they do, there will be a fight.

  26. atlantaman says:

    Kemp is a good man, but some of you guys are acting like he is the second coming of Ronald Reagan. If he chooses to run for something else there is a good chance I’ll support Brian, but somehow I think the state of Georgia will manage to survive without him.

  27. Maurice Atkinson says:

    Debbie, I wouldn’t buy in to rumors posted by someone who hasn’t enough spine to use his name. That type of propaganda should be dismissed. Simply sounds to me like their man lost. Life goes on.

  28. RuralDem says:


    Who exactly are you talking about? I see nothing wrong with using an alias unless the person simply trolls then I see a problem.

  29. portman08 says:

    Congrats to Karen and Gary. I don’t understand why the Stevens people would be upset with the results of the runoff. Everyone Knows Women make Secretaries than men.

  30. Maurice Atkinson says:

    I am not referring to you. I am referring to those who insist on promoting baseless rumors as fact. Propaganda and misinformation do nothing but tear down individuals. It does nothing to promote a pro-active agenda that makes a positive difference in the lives of all Georgians. There is no substance in rumor mongering, especially when the person hasn’t the backbone to stand on his statements.

  31. funkymonkey says:

    Kemp is a good man who can have a great effect in the next election no matter what he runs for.
    His name recognition will surely help him out, and he has actually bettered the black campaign by making them work hard. This will benefit them when they go against TI. They have already pulled so much support from around the state because of Kemp’s opposition, without it there would not have been as much hard work put it. I believe it was a healthy primary for Black, and now his guns are bigger and heavier as they turn towards tommy.

    TI WILL BE defeated in November, but it will take the support of every republican including HJ.

  32. landman says:

    Mautice,Ditto’s on these baseless rumors,there is nothing positive to come out of them.The funny thing is that the ones that seem to have the “in” on the rumors are nowhere near the circle of knowledge and only serve to fragment our Party.

    Debbie,enough of the threats and accusations,its gotten old,get over it.

  33. flamingmoderate says:

    You know, ever since Handel defeated Stephens, I haven’t heard much out of Tammi Metzler, Ben Raspail, Karla Stuckey, or Batman.

    Coincidence? I think not.

  34. Tammi Metzler says:

    Flaimoid- You spoke too soon, I’m still around.

    Bowersville- You are a tasteless jackass. Your first sentence just shows how dispicable and ugly you truly are. You couldn’t just let it go, you had to just thorw that sentence in and show how shameless you are. If you invested what a candidate does into their campaign, I am sure you would get choked up during your concession. I supported Stephens, but he lost, and I won’t continue bashing Handel unless people like you feel the need to bash Stephens. It is inappropriate, especially since too many people on here have been biased or have made horrible things up about Stephens (i.e. Bill Simon), but again, you won’t hear me to continue harping on Handel unless supporters like you continue.The primary is over, it is time to move on. Amazingly, everyone else on this site has seemed to realize that except you and Debbie.

  35. bowersville says:

    My statement had absolutly nothing to do with the concession speech, it referenced a statement of some 4-5 weeks ago in the AJC with a claim that Handel was to emotional and her opponents ears were still ringing from past campaigns. I was truly impressed in his concession that Stephens vowed to support Handel, we’ll see if his most avid supporters do the same. As far as his emotions, I see no problem, I should have made myself clear or just said nothing that could have been misinterpreted.

  36. debbie0040 says:

    Tammi why don’t you stop being hypocritical. I have moved one. Reed lost but both Handel and Black won.

    The only time I say anything about Reed is when someone attacks him.

    You basically said you would do the same, “but he lost, and I won’t continue bashing Handel unless people like you feel the need to bash Stephens”

    You apperently believe it is ok for you to defend Stephens if attacked, but I am not supposed to defend Reed.

    Get a life

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