This from Susan McCord of The Augusta Chronicle: After collecting 6,752 signatures to run as an independent candidate for Georgia Senate District 23, Chuck Pardue announced Thursday he was withdrawing from the race. Read more.
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will campaign for Karen Handel the day before the Republican runoff for governor.
Handel’s campaign said the details are still being worked out but that Palin would hold an event from noon to 1 p.m. somewhere in the “north metro area, most likely,” spokesman Dan McLagan said.
Palin’s endorsement on July 12 helped elevate Handel to the top spot in the July 20 runoff. Now, she and former U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal will face off on Aug. 10 for the GOP nomination.
“I’m coming to Georgia to campaign with my friend Karen because it is absolutely critical that Georgians nominate an ethical leader and a true conservative to take the fight to Roy Barnes in November,” Palin said in a statement released by Handel’s campaign. “Karen Handel is a strong, pro-life leader who isn’t afraid to take on the status quo and do the right thing. She will be the 21st century governor Georgia needs to tenaciously address the state’s challenges.”
A Palin visit has always
Tim Echols is long way from the Atlanta metro area and other big population centers as he tries to finish first a second time in his race for a Public Service Commission seat. Echols is finishing up a week in South Georgia in an effort to turn out the vote for the Aug. 10 runoff of the Republican primary against John Douglas, who finished second among four candidates. Read more.
Is the Communist symbolism ascribed to President Barack Obama on billboards over the top? Political Insider Jim Galloway notes that Tim Bryant of WGAU (1340 AM) posed this question to Rob Woodall and Jody Hice, the two GOP runoff candidates in the 7th District congressional contest. Hice is actually the force behind the hammer-and-sickle “Had enough of Obama’s change?” billboards in the district. Hice, as expected, defends the billboards; Woodall, however, appears less strident in his support. Read more.
Alongside more familiar names like Deal and Handel on the Aug. 10 GOP runoff ballot, in northeast Cobb County, Birrell and Stine will be listed as well.The two candidates, JoAnn Birrell and Earl Stine, are in the runoff to fill the commission seat representing District 3. The winner replaces Tim Lee, who was elected commission chairman in July. Read more.
Coming from Political Insider’s Jim Galloway: A list of 60 House members backing GOP runoff gubernatorial candidate Nathan Deal is expected Friday, and he’ll also take a look at one reason that GOP rival Karen Handel’s candidacy could prove revolutionary. Read more.
This from Political Insider’s Jim Galloway: Cobb, north Fulton and Gwinnett counties may finally be on the cusp of true political clout in Georgia and the races for governor and attorney general may provide the proof. Read more.
Here’s the latest from the attorney general campaign trail: It appears state Sen. Preston Smith, the Republican candidate, once had an extramarital affair with a woman he hired to work in his Senate office, according to divorce court transcripts. Read more.