Just getting word that there was a somewhat of an eventful finish to today’s Governor forum held by the 6th District GOP. Karen Handel closed by saying that she would no longer accept debate invitation for panels which include Ray McBerry. Handel, who made her feelings toward McBerry publicly known earlier, said the GOP was a party of ethics and she did not feel it was appropriate to condone McBerry past actions by continuting to appear with him.
Deal, following in his closing remarks, reacted to Handel’s mention of ethics by charging that Handel only read what her staff told her, and noted that Governor Perdue had been labled a “worst Governor” by CREW, the same organization that labled him a corrupt Congressman. He then questioned how Handel could support Perdue after Crew’s allegation.
Given that Deal wasn’t mentioned by Handel at all during the close or in an earlier answer on ethics (I’m now told that Handel did mention Deal by name. I still think he’s too touchy on the subject), you’ve just got to think that Deal has a thin skin, guilty conscience, inability to stay on message, and/or is obsessed with Handel as he believes her to be the architect of the witch hunt that forced him to take a no-bid “arrangement” with the state and then have his chief of staff use his Congressional office to protect the cash flow.
I’ve been quite amazed at Deal’s ability to shoot himself in the foot throughout this campaign. Now bringing up ethics problems by a still popular Sonny Perdue that had previously gone unnoticed in the Georgia press is sure to make him many new friends. Genius I say, pure genius.
Meanwhile, the guy over in the corner smiling is Eric Johnson. He’s been content to let Handel and Scott rail against the unethical, and let Ox and Deal bleed to death over their ethics problems. With Austin Scott now running for Congress, Johnson now has the first tangible sign that he, in fact, is the beneficiary of the reduced number of contestants. Johnson won today’s straw poll, and we’ll give him his own post about that in a few.
Jim Galloway was the moderator of today’s event. Hopefully he’ll decide to share with us more details of the weird finale. Suffice it to say, things are starting to get interesting.