Jim Galloway has an interesting post in the Political Insider about Karen Handel, Sue Everhart and GOP Women. It’s definitely worth a read.
I know Sue Everhart has received criticism on this site, but setting aside the merits of that criticism I frankly would be surprised if someone challenges her for GOP Chairman. If someone does challenger her, I highly doubt they would be successful. Why? Republican women overwhelmingly support Everhart, and they won’t sit by and watch her be defeated. As Galloway reports:
But there was also a Georgia-specific incident last month that still has GOP women steamed.
U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss had just won his run-off election, trouncing Democrat Jim Martin. But during the celebration, state GOP chairman Sue Everhart — the party’s first female leader — was barred from the stage where congratulations were being handed out. And Everhart had written the check for the stage.
The Chambliss campaign said the slight was unintentional and apologized profusely. But many Republican women saw the gaffe as just another example of their envelope-stuffing status.
Bettye Chambers, a long-time Gwinnett activist, wrote a blistering e-mail that traveled up and down the ranks of GOP volunteers, which trend heavily female, denouncing what she called the “blight” on Chambliss’ victory. “We are past the era of just sitting silently and not taking a stand,” she said afterwards.
Several GOP women I’ve talked to feel the same way Chambers does. Which leads us to another high-profile Republican woman: With Karen Handel getting in the race for Governor, will GOP women give her the same devotion they’ve given Everhart? My guess is they will. Cagle and Oxendine better figure out how to deal with it or they’re in trouble.