Perdue’s Slam on Handel Gets National Attention

April 3, 2014 15:00 pm

by Tim Darnell · 27 comments

On the same day that former Alaska governor Sarah Palin was in metro Atlanta campaigning for Karen Handel’s U.S. Senate bid, some unflattering comments made by one of her opponents made the national spotlight.

Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin has endorsed Karen Handel.

Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin has endorsed Karen Handel.

On Thursday, The Daily Caller reported highlighted David Perdue’s remarks from January that slammed Handel for only having a high school diploma.

“I mean, there’s a high school graduate in this race, OK? I’m sorry, but these issues are so much broader, so complex,” Perdue said during a Bibb County speech. “There’s only one candidate in this race that’s ever lived outside the United States. How can you bring value to a debate about the economy unless you have any understanding about the free enterprise system and how — what it takes to compete in the global economy?”

You can find the video of Perdue’s remarks here on Peach Pundit.

David Perdue

David Perdue

Perdue has a degree in industrial engineering and a masters in operations research from Georgia Tech.

Handel has acknowledged that she did not complete college.

Palin and Handel made an appearance at the South Fulton Republican Women’s Club, and then at a private fundraiser.

Palin said she was disappointed in Perdue’s comments. As reported on the AJC, Palin said, “There are a lot of good, hard-working Americans who have more common sense in their pinky finger than a lot of those Ivy League pieces of paper up on a wall.”

greencracker April 3, 2014 at 3:19 pm

Well, I’ve got a useless college degree I’ll pass on to any taker.

Ghost of William F. Buckley April 3, 2014 at 3:43 pm

Who chose your major, Scoop?

greencracker April 4, 2014 at 8:56 am

I did. International Relations, Georgia Tech … not that I think a journalism degree would have been any better. Clearly _that_ can be done without any training.

Jon Lester April 4, 2014 at 11:27 am

Journalism is an act.

greencracker April 4, 2014 at 2:20 pm

I prefer to call it “performance art.”

Ghost of William F. Buckley April 6, 2014 at 10:34 am

Tech Public Policy School is top rate; quantitative + qualitative abilities are universally needed in business, non-profits, public service, especially State Department.

Never sell yourself short, greencracker, you are a winner and your degree can never be taken from you. It will increase your likelihood of further success, and never diminish your potential.

Attitude and commitment are worth more than a sheepskin…

Noway April 3, 2014 at 3:48 pm

Expect more comments just like this from ALL of the other senate candidates against Perdue. None of them will miss an opportunity to bash the perceived smooth-talking front runner. Nice knowing you, Perdue. You’re done.

Noway April 3, 2014 at 3:49 pm

Next, of course, will come a slobbering apology from Perdue. Too late….

South Fulton Guy April 3, 2014 at 4:50 pm

And Karen got a tardy in her 10th grade math class on a Thursday

Dave Bearse April 3, 2014 at 6:57 pm

Or Handel can campaign on her more recent experience, a lead role in damaging Komen. Split the difference, and there’s her seeking Log Cabin support and doing an about face when that suited her political ambitions.

Chris Huttman April 3, 2014 at 8:32 pm

College, full term on Fulton Commission, full term as Secretary of State, stint at Komen… there are many things she hasn’t finished, why pick on college?

heroV April 4, 2014 at 8:44 am

I think the “no college degree” criticism is a valid one along these lines. But, to use it as a “I’m smart and she’s not” type of criticism is probably a bad idea.

NorthGAGOP April 4, 2014 at 1:13 pm

Mike Kenn resigned as Chairman of the Fulton County Commission. Handel won special election to complete the rest of Kenn’s term on the Fulton County Commission.

Dave Bearse April 6, 2014 at 8:50 pm

So did she serve a full term or not on the Fulton County Commission?

South Fulton Guy April 6, 2014 at 3:47 pm


I can’t find the SOS absentee data anymore. I thought the link was

gcp April 3, 2014 at 5:06 pm

Palin is an entertainer. If you vote based on her recommendation you also probably watch too much reality TV.

Billy Jack April 3, 2014 at 8:06 pm

First off, Palin will never be confused with a Mensa member…by anyone…conservative or liberal. Hardly the one who I’d want coming to my defense on this issue. Second, while one might take offense at Perdue’s comments, his point is valid. The lack of a post-high school education is a legitimate issue/factor when selecting a U.S. Senator. Perdue was simply highlighting his education from a damn fine school and contrasting that with his opponent’s failure to get past high school. When you apply for a job in corporate America or with a firm in any number of professional fields, no degree means no interview and no job. Period. No exceptions. So pretending that it’s not a legitimate consideration for a job that entails dealing with some incredibly complex issues is just…well…ignorant. Get over your inferiority complex and deal with reality.

Dave Bearse April 3, 2014 at 9:16 pm

I’ve been chiding the GOP for a year now that its “say the same thing, but in a different way” 2014 campaign strategy wasn’t any good.

We may see how Perdue’s going forward application of that strategy with respect to his gaff works out for him.

Noway April 4, 2014 at 7:50 am

I have no dog in this fight. Before yesterday, I was actually leaning toward Perdue. But do you guys really think that Handel’s lack of college will hamper her ability to understand senate issues? Seriously? She’s held high elective office twice, once on a statewide level. Her eduation or lack thereof is not relevant in the least. Perdue’s oafish criticism is a major league screw up that he won’t recover from. We better worry about the Dems “Majette-ing” the Repubs by flocking to vote for Broun in the primary. Nunn will eat HIS lunch.

saltycracker April 4, 2014 at 8:57 am

Don’t know if her lack of college will hamper her ability to understand senate issues, but she won’t. She will just go in lockstep with the same old same party line (increasing that debt !)

The Democrats would prefer to take on Broun or Handel before Perdue. Perdue offers up some sensible, but not so party line solutions. The Demos would try to keep the focus on Handel’s social positions from planned parenthood to gay parenting.

Not getting too worked up as the Republicans seem to find a way to pull the pin on the grenade and then put it back into their pants pocket.

Jon Lester April 4, 2014 at 11:29 am

I could probably qualify for Mensa, but I’ve yet to meet a member who’s a likable person.

analogkid April 5, 2014 at 10:09 am


Jon Lester April 4, 2014 at 11:33 am

We have senators getting behind bad proposals all the time, not the least of which is the fantasy that we can export American natural gas to Ukraine to undercut the Russians. We even have a supposedly-revered former senator (with a daughter in the current race) backing such a stupid idea in a high-profile op-ed. Handel was never my candidate, but in my estimation, she’d do about as well as anyone else in that office.

saltycracker April 3, 2014 at 9:33 pm

Hope he doesn’t insult honey boo boo. Georgians are defensive of politicians that vote their way, especially if ( pick one or more) they haven’t paid their taxes, been convicted, fell short in their education or career, behave unethically and exhibit eccentric behavior routinely.

Rule one in Survivor, kill off the most capable…..We deserve who we elect.

Arrogance is irritating but is not a tell on competence, actions and results do.

Noway April 4, 2014 at 8:52 am

‘Nother point: All those “educated” eggheads in Washington have gotten us 17 trillion in debt! All of those doctors, lawyers and everyone else with all those letters following their names? How’s that working out for us all? Handel has the ability to use this humerously to her advantage. She thanks you, David.

Harry April 4, 2014 at 3:25 pm

The national debt is actually at 17.6 trillion and growing. US total debt is 61.4 trillion and growing. That’s over $200,000 per person. $1,000,000 for a family of 5. As Hillary says, what difference does it make?

Ghost of William F. Buckley April 6, 2014 at 10:36 am

Where will one be when the music stops playing?

That question is predestined to be most important as the train thunders toward the cliff.

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