Updated: Palin to campaign for Handel on Aug. 9

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 been considered the best chip Handel could play and after weeks of speculation, her campaign confirmed Friday that it will happen.

The timing would appear to be planned for greatest impact. The day before the runoff, Palin’s visit will likely energize an electorate that turned out in low numbers for the primary.

In South Carolina earlier this year, a Palin visit for Republican gubernatorial hopeful Nikki Haley drew 1,000 people with only 24 hours notice.

“I am very excited that Governor Palin is coming to Georgia to help our final get-out-the-vote push,” Handel said in a statement. “The energy and enthusiasm she will bring will make a huge difference in the final push to victory in the run-off election.”

Update 1:30 p.m.: Here’s a response of the Palin news from Deal spokesman Brian Robinson.

“The people who know Karen Handel – the overwhelming, eye-popping, vast majority of Republican state legislators – have endorsed Nathan Deal.

“The people who know Nathan Deal – like Speaker Newt Gingrich and Speaker David Ralston and Senate President Pro Tem Tommie Williams – have endorsed Nathan Deal.

“The people who don’t know Karen Handel have endorsed Karen Handel. We have to give them the benefit of the doubt. They live far away. Maybe they just didn’t know the truth about her liberal record and her efforts to cover it up.”

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Intown Proud

July 30th, 2010
12:30 pm

This is the best reason not to go to the north metro area I have heard in a while!

George

July 30th, 2010
12:30 pm

I was going to vote for Handel, but now I’ll have to think twice about that… Palin should stay in AK- she’s is an idiot, and has no business in national politics.

Intown (the original)

July 30th, 2010
12:32 pm

Wow. Just when I thought I couldn’t despise Handel more, she goes and pulls the world’s worst excuse for a leader (Palin) to campaign for her.

Lord, please save Georgia from itself!

Cobb GOP

July 30th, 2010
12:32 pm

quiter campaigns for quiter. cool

good for our economy

July 30th, 2010
12:32 pm

don’t be so spiteful; agree to disagree but the more campaigning the more money spent locally!

Tired of BS

July 30th, 2010
12:36 pm

George, your eyes must be brown and your pants rolled up after the BS you just tossed out

North Fulton Forever

July 30th, 2010
12:36 pm

These 2 women are the future of GA, if you don’t get on board now, you can just stay in midtown and get out of the way of our growth.

Sary Palin

July 30th, 2010
12:36 pm

She’ll be in Gwinnett — as usual. Preaching to the bible-thumping, gay-hating, Mexican-deporting, closet-drunkards,

Frank Smisek

July 30th, 2010
12:37 pm

Yay! Thank God for the Conservative WOMEN we have who have the guts to stand up to lost souls with empty heads who live south of metro Atlanta. I am hoping Governor Palin and future Goverernor Handel are coming to Marietta on Monday. I am guessing the turnout will be huge and will “close the Deal” for good.

Tired of BS

July 30th, 2010
12:38 pm

George……. BS! You never had any intentions of voting for Karen because you don’t like women in positions of power.

The Snark

July 30th, 2010
12:40 pm

They have a lot in common — neither of them knows much about government, and both of them have failed to complete a term of service for which they campaigned and were elected.

T Knight

July 30th, 2010
12:42 pm

I think it’s fabulous! Go Karen!

Frank Smisek

July 30th, 2010
12:42 pm

Tired of BS—I am guessing George is one of the many who do not even vote. If he does, he will be one of the few voting for Barnes. Did he notice Handel received more votes in a primary againt many others than did both corrupt DemocRATS in the primary. It will be a long, long summer and fall for Roy as he spends millions to finish behind a Conservative woman.

hornblowermg

July 30th, 2010
12:43 pm

since Palin is endorsing the Handel woman, does that mean that if elected Handel will not serve as per Palin’s example when she was elected governor of Ak.? I am asking Palin openly that she keep herself out of Georgia and out of our political process. she does not know the people running for office, nor is she acquainted with their records and willingness to represent their constituencies. we of NW Georgia have elected Nathan Deal time after time even though he switched parties after he was first elected. we have done this because he is responsive to our wishes and needs. he has shown himself to be an example of what we used to recognize as a conservative democrat. he is now a conservative republican and has consistently voted as such. please stay at home, Palin, and keep your flaky opinions to yourself. we of NW Georgia do not respect you or need you in the least.

Commonsenseagitator

July 30th, 2010
12:52 pm

Uh oh! Next thing you know we’ll be able to see Cuba from Stone Mountain.

BillS

July 30th, 2010
12:53 pm

Palin is shallow and a quitter. She ran out on her constituents in Alaska in order to pay off her debts, and she has yet to show she is capable of thinking seriously or discussing seriously any major issue. Her endorsement matters only to like-minded voters.

Commonsenseagitator

July 30th, 2010
12:54 pm

Frank Smisek, you need to educate yourself quickly. It’s plain the state of Georgia failed you

Commonsenseagitator

July 30th, 2010
12:55 pm

George is a genuis , at least he knows the truth

Palin is a demagogue

July 30th, 2010
12:56 pm

This is pathetic. Truly pathetic. Two losers on the same stage.

Ben

July 30th, 2010
1:02 pm

@ T Knight: I agree :)

Frank Smisek

July 30th, 2010
1:03 pm

Hmmm…unlike that piece of dog excrement from Illinois/Kanas/Hawaii/Indonesia who campaigned for and was elected to a Senate seat. He finished all six years….oh wait…no he didnt..nevermind. Must have been another piece of dog excrement who failed to deliver on a promise

I am so sick

July 30th, 2010
1:09 pm

of Sarah Palin constantly seeking the spotlight and taking every opportunity to question and criticize this administration. Four years ago, people who were questioning the presidents were traitors and enemy sympathizers, now they are patriots. Don’t really care for our president, as I did not care for the last one, but they were elected and deserve our respect and every opportunity to succeed or fail.
One of these days, Sarah Palin may actually find herself in a position where she actually has to make decisions and lead people on a large scale. I suspect that when that happens, she will fail miserably. I doubt she will ever seek any significant office since that would a: expose her lack of abilities, b: degrade her rock star status amongst the far right and c: deliver a huge blow to her pocket book.
I truly believe that she is doing right now what she was put on this earth to do, questioning and second guessing the decisions of people who actually have the courage to step up and take on a responsibility and making a fortune exploiting the fears and biases of lowest common denominator of this society.

Alabama Communist

July 30th, 2010
1:10 pm

No doubt 1/2 Governor Sara Palin will visit downtown Atlanta and claim it is the heart of the Republican Tea Party movement on the Planet and a Republican paradise is just around the corner……….

T Knight

July 30th, 2010
1:11 pm

Deal is a RINO. He was a democrat first. In my heart I believe he only changed party’s when the republicans went into a position of power. This concerns me a lot. We have too many attorney’s in politics. It seems in the end they always end up scratching each others back. In the mean time we the people get screwed.

Karen Handel is a fresh face for governor. She has plans to reform our state tax system, improve education, bring business back to Georgia, improve infrastructure, and get this state moving forward. It won’t be easy, nothing worth fighting for is. I say give Handel a chance. Go Karen!

jonny2cash

July 30th, 2010
1:12 pm

This Frank character is one of the reasons we can’t talk civilly about politics anymore. Trash talking just like NBA basketball players. And these people call them thugs. Oh well who needs them!

Marge Wood

July 30th, 2010
1:13 pm

Sarah Palin is endorsing someone she does not know and someone she has never worked with. She should be endorsing Nathan Deal who has shown by his record that he is conservative. I am disappointed Sarah promoting women over conservatives. I hope Newt Gingrich does the same for Nathan Deal. Most conservatives I know do not trust Karen Handel as she has gone back on her word once elected as Sec. of State.. Polls also show that Nathan Deal has the highest winning poll numbers against Roy Barnes.

OneRyder

July 30th, 2010
1:14 pm

Will she wear one of those snazzy Lord & Taylor or Neiman Marcus outfits that the RNC bought for her. You’d think $150,000 worth of clothes would make any hockey mom look great. She’s such the average joe. Best welfare gift in the world.

Real common sense

July 30th, 2010
1:17 pm

Palin endorsment of Handel is strickly because she is a woman running for governor.Palin knows nothing about Handel,and Handel’s political veiws.All she knows is that she is a conservative woman,that knows no more ,than Palin did about being a governor.Palin’s endorsment alone have cost her the chance to be governor.Come November,whether Georgia likes it or not Roy Barnes will win back the governor office by a pretty good margin.Thanks to that wonderful endorsment.

Truth

July 30th, 2010
1:17 pm

Georgians are so lucky. I would luv for Gov. Palin to come to my state.

George

July 30th, 2010
1:24 pm

Her endorsement has convinced me NOT to vote for Handel.

Kevin

July 30th, 2010
1:26 pm

Frank seems about the only one rational on this blog to me. And besides, it Barry who’s taken the “political” trash talk to a new level………of course I guess that should be expected.

OneRyder

July 30th, 2010
1:29 pm

I guess the highest bidder won. She has no clue who Handel is.

OneRyder

July 30th, 2010
1:33 pm

Why does Obama’s name come up when talking about two Repubs. This is why the Repub party is so loss. We have a RNC party lead who is Pro-Affirmative Action, and Pro-Abortion. Repubs have the U.S. liberating Shia Muslims from Sunni Muslims at 5 Billion Borrowed Dollars every month. Repubs spent more money protecting Iraqi borders than our own, yet repubs focus their issues on Dems?
Any wonder why teabaggers are so upset with the Repub Party? Focus…Focus!!

Churchill's MOM

July 30th, 2010
1:34 pm

I’ll be there, Deal is just a crook, Georgia needs a honest Governor.

bg

July 30th, 2010
1:35 pm

Another reason not to vote for Handel. As much as I would like to see a strong woman in the Govenor’s seat I’d prefer a better educated and more personable one who does not need or accept the endorsement of that wretch from AK.

CL

July 30th, 2010
1:44 pm

I don’t want to vote for neither Kandel nor Deal because of the junk they are throwing around about each other.

Leon

July 30th, 2010
1:45 pm

Palin is a moron. If you accept her endorsement that makes you a moron. If you vote for a candidate that accepted her endorsement that makes you a moron. Quite simple really.

George

July 30th, 2010
1:45 pm

I just looked back at some of the other comments. The George (me) that posted at 1:24 is not the same as the George (some other guy) that posted at 12:30. Folks got pretty fired up about that other George!

I don’t think that Palin is an idiot that should stay in Alaska (like the other George does), but I think she is a critic rather than a policymaker. A Governor should be focused on crafting intelligent policy for his or her state. I think that Palin would prefer a governor that does flashy but ultimately meaningless and distracting things (like threatening to secede or suing the federal government, for example). If Palin would prefer Handel, I would not.

OPPORTUNIST

July 30th, 2010
1:52 pm

Karen Handle just lost the race for Governor!!!!! Not saying she was going to win anyway! I wasn’t going to vote for her anyway but this is going to blow up in her face like hot grits. She will get just what she deserves. This is what happens when you sleep with the devil Karen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Frank Smisek

July 30th, 2010
1:53 pm

Math Quiz for RealCommonSense (And this was a PRIMARY) wait until November!

GA. Conservative Primary Results 7/20/10
Chapman 20,636
Deal 155,946
Handel 231,990
Johnson 136,792
McBerry 17,171
Oxendine 115,421
Putnam 2,543
Totals 680,499

GA. Socialists Primary Results 7/20/10
Baker 85,571
Barnes 259,482
Bolton 3,573
Camon 4,170
Mangham 3,124
Porter 17,767
Poythress 21,780
Totals 395,467

OPPORTUNIST

July 30th, 2010
1:54 pm

Republicans are so afraid of President Obama. They all have sold themselves to the devil for 1 man….ha,ha,ha

deegee

July 30th, 2010
1:57 pm

That’s going to be quite the dog and pony show. Bow wow wow – yippee yo yippee yea – bow wow – yippee yo yippee yea!

Frank Smisek

July 30th, 2010
2:02 pm

Governor Palin understands, just as Governor-to-be, Handel does, that open borders in time of war and economic collapse in Georgia is not a sustainable model. Both ladies understand, small business people like me will not hire the over 10,000 high school gradutes here in Cobb or elsewhere until I get assurances my taxes, health insurance burdens, and legal liabilities are lessened by an intrusive federal government.

No, neither lady “graduated” from Havard, but they did work in the trenches like most us. Not cutting deals with the corrupt boys down in Atlanta as did Barnes. On November 3rd, I will do one of two things: stay in Atlanta and celebrate sense and sensibiltiy, or move to Sanibel, Florida and support that state government. It is your move Georgia…Barnes and calamity or Handel and recovery….

Tom

July 30th, 2010
2:12 pm

Nathan Deal facts- Has been married for 44 years, 4 children, 6 grand-children, served his country in military as young man, his parents were both public school teachers, supports a strong illegal immigration position and appears very conservative in views. Karen Handel facts – either ran away or moved away from unhealthy home and family situation at age 17, married twice with no children, Fulton County ( primarily City of Atlanta) govt postion on council. If this is incorrect, please let me know?? I respect Sarah Palin but don’t believe she should support Mrs Handel just because she is woman!! Mr Deal appears to be the much more qualified candidate and he stands much better chance to defeat Roy Barnes(Democrat) in Nov 2010!!!! I am INDEPENDENT VOTER!!!!

Andre

July 30th, 2010
2:12 pm

Is the Governor of Arizona and sarah palin only endorsing Karen Handel because she’s a woman?I mean do they know anything about each other, I heard Karen Handel call the Governor of Arizona her friend. “Friend” really? Have they even sat down and had a meal together? She doesn’t have to call her a friend to receive out vote. Although, I’m a Democratic voter, I do agree with the Arizona law, other than the racial profiling, that’s just sick. And Sarah Pistol-Popping Palin, I wanna shoot innocent animals from a airplane, needs to go away and stay away from a microphone.

terri jones

July 30th, 2010
2:16 pm

Lets see if I have the facts: Sarah Palin quit a governorship to get rich (someone wrote a fiction book for her, now she is shopping a reality show). She is PAID everything she speaks – actually saying not much of anything. Her state Alaska has lived off the federal government for years – (she never knew where Washington, DC was located), now she wants to curtail government spending and support someone else for governor. Karen, keep following Sarah – and maybe you will get you a “reality show” also..

Jeff in ATL

July 30th, 2010
2:19 pm

Half-term for Gov Sarah Palin is an idiot. She ragged on Obama for being a first-term Senator and she couldn’t even finish one term as Governor in Alaska. In Alaska! Cake job, and she couldn’t hack it. She’s a hypocrite.

I don’t fer her running in 2012, I freaking encourage it!

R.E. Jones

July 30th, 2010
2:28 pm

SO WHAT, WHO CARES!?!

jlou421

July 30th, 2010
2:29 pm

palin, the cheerleader. she doen’t know politics but knows stir a crowd. handel is taking a big chance. this could back-fire. palin’s stock is goin down these days

Frank Smisek

July 30th, 2010
2:30 pm

Tom—Leaving aside your bizzare linking of marital status, number of children, and when a person left home to how one makes public policy on taxes, allocation of state and federal funds, and use of National Guard troops— make no mistake that either candidate, Congressman Deal or Ms. Handel will soundly defeat a worn-out Socialist in Georgia.

Fortunately, Georgia is still one of the most reliably conservative states. I think only Utah and Mississippi are more conservative. Congressman Deal is a good man. But good men who stay in Washington too long become good Washington men. Let’s let a Conservative, who happens to be a woman enact some policy to help us in Georgia for a change instead of race-baiters, unions, and trial lawyers.

I am not sure if this newspaper website allows wagering, but I am ready to start accepting bets on PayPal from those who believe Barnes will defeat Deal or Handel.