Politico has the story.
Now it’s on the front page, so you can quit emailing me.
And for Deal’s band of merry sock puppets, please be consistent in your approach of explaining why this out of state Governor who doesn’t know Camilla or Ocilla is relevent, but Governor’s Jan Brewer, Mitt Romney, and Sarah Palin aren’t.
Discuss. I’m going back to work.
Governor Jan Brewer, check
Governor Sarah Palin, check
Governor Mitt Romney, check
I’m not sure how many electoral votes that is for Karen Handel, but she’s getting national exposure as the front runner in the Georgia Governor’s race. Mitt Romney is the latest to back Handel:
“A successful businesswoman and public servant, Karen Handel’s blend of executive, political, and business experience is just what Georgia needs at this critical time,” Romney said in a statement Wednesday. “The leadership skills that she has honed in both the private and public sectors will enable her to make tough decisions and enact the reforms needed to get the economy back on track and foster job creation.”
Romney stayed out of the primary, an aide said, because one of the candidates, state Sen. Eric Johnson, had backed Romney during his 2008 presidential bid.
Note that last sentence. For those who think Johnson’s supporters are automatically going to Deal, I’ll suggest otherwise.
I’ll now return you to sock-puppetry while I return to work.
Our good friend/poster “In the Arena” seems to think we’re ignoring statewide events today, so here’s a press release from Karen Handel asking Roy Barnes where he stands on the Federal Government’s decision to block Arizona from attempting to protect it’s border when the Federal Government failed to do so. Handel, as noted in the following press release, received the endorsement of Arizona Governor Jan Brewer.
Given that Deal has been attempting to place himself as the candidate to control illegal immigration, the Brewer endorsement had to sting a bit. And thus, it may explain the bitterness of commenters like “In The Arena”. It’s still not an excuse to threadjack, which tends to make me angry and do petty things…
Full Press release follows:
…and I didn’t even know she cared. From a press release:
ALPHARETTA, GA – Arizona Governor Jan Brewer today announced her endorsement of former Secretary of State and gubernatorial candidate Karen Handel to be Georgia’s next Governor. Governor Brewer recently pushed through a tough new immigration law in her state and is now preparing to battle an Obama Justice Department legal challenge to that law.
In her endorsement, Governor Brewer said:
“As a former Secretary of State, I know how that office prepares you to be Governor. I’ve had to make tough choices. When Congress failed to act on illegal immigration, I took action to solve the problem. Now I’m taking on the Obama Administration as they try to stop us. I know Karen Handel. She has the experience, courage and tenacity that make her the best candidate to be Governor. Karen will fight to pass similar illegal immigration laws in Georgia. If President Obama tries to stop her, she will tell him to ‘Bring it On.”
“I am humbled and excited by Governor Brewer’s support,” Karen said today. “She has become an inspiration to conservatives and represents the new kind of leadership that we need across the country. She stood firm and pushed forward with the nation’s toughest law to fight illegal immigration and she’ll stand firm against the Obama Administration too. She also made the hard decisions and cut Arizona’s budget to align with today’s economic realities. She is a conservative hero and I thank her for her strong support and friendship.”
Handel noted that she is the only candidate for Governor who has actually implemented programs to fight illegal immigration in Georgia. As Secretary of State, she launched the use of the federal SAVE database to verify the immigration status of applicants for professional licenses. She also initiated Georgia’s voter verification system that includes citizenship verification for newly registered voters and has fought her own battle with the Obama Justice Department.
“There is a difference between executive experience and legislative experience: career legislators – whether in Georgia or in Congress — seem to think that casting a vote, sponsoring legislation or sending out a press release is all that counts,” Karen said. “Well, what really counts is delivering results. That’s leadership, and the people of Georgia know the difference.”