This past Monday, the AJC gave GOP nominee Karen Handel its blessing for the Secretary of State position, saying:
Republican candidate Karen Handel is the best choice for ensuring that the secretary of state’s office continues to operate smoothly and enhance its customer services. As chairman of the Fulton County Commission, Handel has honed her management and budget skills. She’s also proven she can work with one of the most cantankerous boards in the state, the Fulton County Commission, without losing her focus or her temper.
The editors bemoaned the conservative streak in Handel’s campaign, though, saying:
The only sour note in Handel’s campaign is her embarrassing Web site pandering to the GOP’s most conservative ranks. Although the secretary of state’s office has zero influence on legislative policies, Handel’s Web site features her opinions on abortion, domestic partnerships and gay adoptions, all of which she opposes. (She might as well have listed her Oscar picks for all the relevance they have to the actual job she’s asking voters to award her in November.)
The article concludes, ” Handel is levelheaded, straightforward and accomplished. Her opponent, Democrat Gail Buckner, offers many of those same traits, but she lacks Handel’s deep résumé in management.”