Senate candidate Jack Kingston has scheduled an announcement for 1 PM today in Buckhead. Readers of the Peach Pundit Daily already have a good idea what it’s about:
Third Place To Endorse Second Place To Propel Second Place To First. Third place finisher in last week’s GOP Senate Primary Karen Handel told the Political Insider that she will endorse former rival Jack Kingston today at 1 PM. Handel’s endorsement should come as little surprise to close watchers of this rollicking race. Handel and Perdue got into a very public tiff after the former Fortune 500 executive knocked Handel as the “high school graduate in this race.” Handel, who left a broken home at 17 and finished high school but never college, used it to try to depict Perdue as the candidate who has “lost touch with our values.” The AJC’s Greg Bluestein explains that Perdue knocking Handel as a “career politician” was salt in the wound to Handel, who had positioned herself as an outsider, which she actually is. Oh, these next months are going to be fun. (See below.)
Related And Even Bigger News, No Offense To Mrs. Handel. Herschel Walker endorses Jack Kingston. 20-some years in Congress and lots of time as an appropriator -in this anti-government, anti-Congress atmosphere, that sounds like a recipe for a runoff disaster, right? Not so fast. A solid base in southern and coastal Georgia, support from the Chamber of Commerce (via Herschel) and a conservative record that satisfies Karen Handel and the hardline conservatives means that Jack Kingston will be spending the next 9 weeks opening up cans of you-know-what on his opponent. Runoffs are different races, and Perdue just went from frontrunner to underdog. Pass the popcorn, Maudie, ‘cuz it’s going to be a heckuva show.
Eric the Younger and I plan to attend the event, and will let you know what happens. Meanwhile, you can discuss what this means in the comments.