Karen Handel Pledges only Two Terms

New Handel Web Ad: Term limit Pledge

ROSWELL, GA — Former Georgia Secretary of State and U.S. Senate candidate Karen Handel today unveiled a new internet ad promoting her pledge to serve only two terms in the United States Senate and underlining the damage that career politicians in Washington are doing to our country and our economic security.

Titled “Numbers,” the web video will run on news and information websites statewide starting today.

“The career politicians tell us they have the ‘experience…’ to fix our problems,” Handel says in the ad. “But their ‘experience’ is expensive. And the truth is: they are the problem.”



  1. analogkid says:

    Completing two terms would be an accomplishment for Ms. Handel, given that she’s never served that long in her prior posts.

  2. Ed says:

    Great. She wants to limit Georgia’s influence in the legislative body where the only thing that matters is seniority.


    • John Konop says:

      That is the Catch 22 of the system…….Yet is not seniority system one of the big factors of that entitled feeling you get from many long term office holders? I like many have an uncomfortable feeling about life time office holders, who do not have to hustle for bucks in the real world, and they keep making the rules for the rest of us. Just my 10 cents

      • benevolus says:

        Executive branch is generally term limited, judicial branch often gets appointed for life. Legislators have to run periodically.
        Seems like good balance to me.

        • David C says:

          Yeah. We have term limits. They’re called elections. If you start putting in term limits, you end up with something like California, where the only people with the institutional memory to get things done are lobbyists and everyone has their eye on what their next job should be, either in higher office or through the revolving door. A term limited Congress would be one run even more by K Street.

      • Ed says:


        Also, it is somewhat un-democratic to have term limits. Not that I care strongly one way or the other if we implement them… just pointing it out.

  3. Dave Bearse says:

    Granted there are many seniors in the Senate so it’s saying something, but committing to leave only a few months before a 65th birthday isn’t much in the way of cutting short employment.

  4. Harry says:

    This was a smart move by Karen. Many of us would like to see more turnover – Democrats as well as Republicans.

  5. Noway says:

    Why is this idiotic woman spending like this so early? It is insane. Her opponents must be laughing the A&&es off at her burning through cash like this!

  6. caroline says:

    Does anybody believe this? I don’t. I have heard this promise made by a number of politicians and when push comes to shove they run for that third term.

  7. northside101 says:

    Term Limits?

    Hmm, not exactly the cause de jour—when it comes to Washington, conservatives, moderates and liberals don’t have any problem with decades of service. Not liberal California, both of whose senators, Boxer and Feinstein, have been around over 20 years. Massachusetts? They sent Teddy to the Senate for 47 years—and he’s probably still be there today had he not died of a tumor. Lets not forget John Kerry’s 28 years in the Senate before he became Obama’s Secretary of State.

    What about in the more conservative South? 60 miles west of Atlanta, to the state line of…Alabama? Richard Shelby is in his 27th year, and Jeff Sessions is in his third term. Mississippi? Thad Cochran has served that state since Jimmy Carter was president—just a mere 35 years (almost). South Carolina? Well they sent Strom Thurmond to the Senate for 48 years, and Fritz Hollings for 38. Kentucky’s Mitt McConnell has 29 years under his belt. Virginia had the Byrds (Harry Sr and Jr) for a combined 50 years from FDR to Reagan, and John Warner stepped down in 2009 after 30 years up in DC. How about our own state? Walter George, 35 years (1922-1957), Richard Russell (1933-1971), Herman Talmadge (1957-1981), Sam Nunn (1972-1997). Governor Deal had 17 years in Congress before resigning to run for governor—otherwise, he’d probably still be up there. Zell Miller had 16 years as Lieutenant Governor before doing 8 as governor.

    I don’t think that would be a very effective issue against Phil Gingrey (who will be 72 next year)—somehow I would not see him running for a 3rd term at age 84.

    Georgia, furthermore, likely will be more Democratic by 2026 anyway—maybe like the 1980s and 1990s when we had several competitive Senate races, as former Senator Wyche Fowler could testify (getting 51% in 1986 and 49% in a pre-Thanksgiving runoff in 1992).

    Finally, balancing the budget at Secretary of State not really a tough feat—I mean, not like the budget there is in the billions of dollars. And, uh, I think Georgia law requires a balanced budget to being with. I would like to know from her (and the other candidates), just exactly would you like to cut? Would one dare say in this military-heavy state that we need to cut defense? How much is enough for a secure America? What about entitlements (the big budget-busters)? Should younger people be given the option of getting out of Social Security—take responsibility for their own retirement—and save us money in the future? Admittedly drastic, so the next question—what about stopping Social Security COLAs til the budget is balanced? Anyone willing to risk the wrath of AARP on that? Finally, in a Senate where it usually takes 60 votes to get anything meaningful accomplished—and there is zero chance the Republicans will have 60 seats next year in the Senate (50 may be an accomplishment at this rate), just how would you get any of your budget-cutting ideas past entrenched Democratic resistance? GOP for the record has never had more than 55 senators since the FDR era.

    • caroline says:

      Not sure that Obamacare is going to be unpopular in rural areas. I would look and see what is going in Kentucky before making an assessment on that.

        • benevolus says:

          LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 7, 2013) — Despite its first-day problems, Kentucky’s new health-insurance website was the nation’s top performer in the new system, the director of state health reform at the Kaiser Family Foundation told The Wall Street Journal.

          As of 4 p.m. Friday, Kentuckians had started more than 18,000 applications for health insurance through Kynect and completed more than 11,000, and more than 5,000 had obtained coverage. More than 120,000 had conducted pre-screenings to determine qualifications for subsidies, discounts, KCHIP or Medicaid.

          The Kynect call center had managed more than 25,000 calls.


  8. analogkid says:

    Worth mentioning is that the Governor’s supporters in the 2010 campaign frequently said that Deal had pledged to be a one-term governor. (Type “deal one term” in the search box above for evidence.)

    Deal, however, didn’t record a Youtube video memorializing that claim (And good luck finding an article backing it up either). Make of that what you will.

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