There shall be campaign trackers

Via Georgia Tipsheet, comes this ThinkProgress video of U.S. Senate candidate Karen Handel discussing immigration and border security.

Handel’s comments aren’t controversial, though she presents a different point of view from some of her Republican primary opponents by, rightly, pointing out that many illegal immigrants who come to the United States entered via legal means.

“First things first, we enforce the existing laws and let our border patrol agencies really let them do their jobs,” said Handel at a Houston County Republican Party meeting in November, “and let’s stop being so focused on the US-Mexican border because, the truth is that about half of the individuals who are illegal in our country, they came here legally in the first placed and jumped their visa.”

“So we have a problem with that process that is a systemic issue with the procedures around that that we ought to be dealing with that,” she noted, adding that “we do need a workable guest worker program” for agribusiness.

ThinkProgress used the video to note the distinctions between Handel and her opponents on the immigration enforcement issue:

Meanwhile, the other three major Republican Senate candidates have mainly focused on border-first enforcement. Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) said, “until I am sure the borders are secure, nothing else matters,” while Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-GA) saidthat the Senate bill “fails to secure the border, the single most important element of addressing our illegal immigration problem.” Republican Senate candidate David Perdue agreed with the sentiment.

The debate on the merits of this issue, I’m sure, will be hashed out over the course of the next few months. Personally, I don’t see much of an issue with Handel’s comments.

But, with that said, the video serves reminder to candidates — as some already know, right, Rep. Kingston? — that they’re being watched by campaign trackers who are waiting for Internet gold.

Take last night, for example. I went to a Newton County Liberty Alliance meeting where Handel and GA-10 candidate Mike Collins spoke and, sure enough, there were to trackers in the back of the church filming their little hearts away.


  1. saltycracker says:

    Immigration reform:
    Handel makes fair points.
    Have a friend retired from a high D.C. post with the border patrol – unhappy they can’t do their job.

    Nina Easton wrote a thought provoking article on foreign workers in Fortune´s January 13, 2014 issue. Find it and draw your own opinions.

    Many, If not most Americans support immigration reform to address illegals and permit more of the best and brightest to immigrate. Legal workers and students are more apt to be compliant with our laws but few citizens support blanket amnesty.

    Not so much in DC. A foreign student, business person or non-profit leader might not identify with the political culture or be so generous with donations. But, Republicans and Democrats have other reasons for delaying reform.

    HB1 worker and student visas quotas are filled quickly today and most university graduates and post graduates return home to compete with the US. ANina Easton wrote a thought provoking article on foreign workers in Fortune´s January 13, 2014 issue. Find it and draw your own opinions.

    CEO salaries approach 300 times their workers while government and non-profits keep salaries up to be “competitive”. Reform might impact this wage gap, from both ends, good for tax revenues as defined today, not so good for special interest or lobbyist’ s goals.

    Our high school kids were ranked among 34 countries and we out spent all of them but come in 26th in math and 21st in science. Even as we limit HB1 and university caliber immigrants we fail our kids, the educational levels coming out of our high schools continue to drop by world standards. We are not competitive.

    So we open up the legal doors of opportunity and what happens ? We get smarter workers at lower wages, in the universities, at skilled and professional levels, in executive management and in the non-profits. The Feds goal to increase college grads would benefit the better testing foreign students. The unintended (?) consequences is that reform pushes a fair percentage of U.S. workers and high school grads down the ladder.

    There are a lot of dynamics to consider. The increasing wage gap, low income single mom households, a flawed immigration system, massive poorly run entitlement programs, an incomprehensible tax code, a government that prints money and borrows more and a failed educational system, these can’t be protected or sustained forever.

    Reform in all these areas will not be easy and doing nothing will be bad for the country.
    proposal is floating to drop these limits completely and keep these high quality immigrants around. Many good and bad just slip off the radar and stay.

    • saltycracker says:

      Jason, So sorry about my cut & paste of an email via I-phone – please delete the redundant paragraphs. Or just delete the whole thing and I’ll fix it.

      • saltycracker says:

        Our cut and paste messes will pale with the upcoming tracker you tubes from the go pro’s on the ballcaps.
        Campaign news will not evolve, it will be created.

  2. Lawton Sack says:

    The second guy showed up at RJ’s Restaurant in Statesboro a month ago when Karen stopped to have breakfast with a handful of personal friends. I still can’t figure out exactly how he even knew about it, as it was an unannounced stop between campaign events. He beat Karen there by about 10 minutes, so he wasn’t following her.

  3. Doug Deal says:

    That looks like the same two guys that follower her everywhere (they were here in Macon and Peach County. Next step is to seed the audience with trouble makers and try to trip her up.

    I suppose when the Democrats are desperate, they’ll try just about anything. Forget winning on issues and any kind of vision for the future, just try to find a misspoken word in 100’s of speeches and answer to questions that you can spin into something.

    Interestingly, I have not seen trackers following the other candidates, although I have not been to a Kingston event.

  4. Lea Thrace says:

    How is it known that these are trackers send by Democrats? Is it possible they are from one of the other Republican campaigns? Do they identify themselves in some way or is this just speculation at this point?

    I really do want to know by the way. This tracker stuff if kinda fascinating.

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