“She’s considering it,” says Rob Sims, a Republican campaign consultant who worked on Handel’s unsuccessful run for governor in 2010. Kay Godwin, the co-chairman of Georgia Conservatives in Action, says Handel is among those she’s hearing who could successfully challenge Chambliss.
Handel lost the GOP nomination by just 2,500 votes to Congressman Nathan Deal, who went on to win the general election. She later served as senior vice president at the Susan G. Komen foundation, which raises money for breast cancer research, and was associated with the organization’s decision in January to cut ties with Planned Parenthood. Komen later reversed this decision, and Handel resigned her position thereafter
The 50-year-old Handel, who hails from Metro Atlanta, maintains a statewide organization of supporters and contacts, which would be critical for challenging the South Georgia-based Chambliss. And the Komen/Planned Parenthood episode burnished Handel’s pro-life credentials, which had been called into question in the gubernatorial primary.
I haven’t discussed this with Karen and have no inside knowledge of her intentions, so I’ll just state that upfront. So much for a slow news day, but I’m still going to resume my Thanksgiving pre-game and return as any other news breaks. In the mean time, speculators may continue to speculate.