The day before losing a brutally close Republican gubernatorial runoff to Nathan Deal, f0rmer Secretary of State Karen Handel had what seemed the perfect closing argument: A personal visit and rally with Sarah Palin.
But, the next day the former Alaska governor and Republican megastar was gone and Handel lost by fewer than 2,500 votes.
The cost of bringing Palin and her family to town? More than $100,000.
Handel’s campaign paid an Ohio jet charter service nearly $92,000 and her latest campaign finance report shows it was for the Palin event. Handel also paid an additional $13,000 in expenses to the InterContinental Hotel in Buckhead for the event.
Handel’s quarterly report shows her campaign committee to be $28,000 in debt, with another $55,000 in deferred expenses still outstanding.