Handel’s tab for Palin’s visit: More than $100,000

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.

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Food For Thought

October 8th, 2010
9:49 am

Karen Handel was the best choice for Governor we had. Now the corrupt GAGOP has a mess on it’s hands, with a candidate who may or may not be indicted before the election. Usually the people critical of Palin are people who do not have the balls that she does… that’s to be expected, we live in a culture that promotes wimpdom, as evidenced by the slew of men in this state who are afraid to vote for a woman. In fact women state wide were treated horribly by them old tired dogs in the party. We have county elected officials, state elected officials, and GOP chairs, who participated in truly disgusting behavior in order to embarass and destroy candidates.

I have no longer patience for the GAGOP. They will never ever get a dime from me. F’em and the mule they rode in on.

Count me in the newly formed independent and pissed off, group who will work tirelessly to
oust the chairmens of several county GOP’s. Many many new and old state reps should also be exposed and dealt with for their part in this debacle. They and their shady deals with Deal have cost the state of Georgia. Unforgiveable.

Bimbo Alert

October 8th, 2010
10:06 am

2 assertive women with half a brain. Sarah’s eye candy appeal is waning. It’s when she opens her mouth with that momma grizzly stuff. I thought Republicans were the more educated party. Palin is a complete buffoon. So is Handel.

Blue-eyed Conservative Barbie

October 8th, 2010
10:25 am

Why isn’t the media talking about Nathan Deal quitting his congressional seating and leaving DC? HE should be apologizing to the state for his shady job performance while he was in DC.


October 8th, 2010
10:29 am

If Karen Handel was stupid enough to think that spending 100k on Palin was a good use of money, imagine what she would do with the state’s budget? And only in Georgia would a former Congressman who was charged with ethics violations now be the GOP candidate for Governor. Georgia ranks 1st in prison population and last in education. Anyone see a correlation between the two? Gov. Perdue promised to not accomplish much. He set the bar low and achieved his goal. Time to get rid of any his appointees and get this state moving into the 21st century.


October 8th, 2010
10:30 am

Mrs. Obama is an educated and accomplished lady. Palin looks and comports herself like the gold rush prostitute with dancing bimbettes that she is. Face it, Palin is simply too stupid to be in Mrs. Obama’s league. Palin’s admirers are merely reacting to the knowledge that they like her are ignorant useless trash discarded by the country club GOP.


October 8th, 2010
10:46 am

Hmmm, I’m not seeing it. Palin was apparently paid NOTHING. I don’t think you’ll find her getting taxed for this as income. Ohio jet charter service charged $92,000? Now that’s an expensive ticket to get here from Ohio. Or Anywhere.


October 8th, 2010
11:04 am

Karen Handel ran a campaign based on the fact she is female. She was not qualified to be the CEO (Governor) of Georgia – she didn’t even go to college. Her polling leaped when Sarah Palin endorsed her, because Palin in enormously popular. Spending $100K for the media event of bringing Palin to Georgia was probably good money spent which almost got Handel the GOP nomination. Thankfully, it didn’t quite work. But all of the Palin haters posting here that it was stupid to use her are ignorant of the fact that it almost worked.

Rick Patel

October 8th, 2010
7:38 pm

Well, Karen came awfully close, but neither she nor Sarah Palin were far enough to the rabid right for Georgia voters.

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October 9th, 2010
5:33 pm

Ya’ know. We gotta travel IN STYLE. Even our “charity” work ain’t free. You betcha!


October 9th, 2010
5:34 pm

BTW, how many years did Palin and her family stay? And what kind of plane did they commandeer?


October 10th, 2010
12:42 pm

Ralph says: ” But all of the Palin haters posting here that it was stupid to use her are ignorant of the fact that it almost worked.”

Sorry to break this to you, but almost doesn’t count. Looks like a Palin endorsement that cost nearly 100 grand didn’t count, either.


October 10th, 2010
12:54 pm

Andy says: ” Millions for Michelle Obama’s trips to Europe and several other shopping trips and nights in NY theaters.”

Another newsflash for your consideration. Michele is th First Lady, with an education to boot. Palin is a Facebooking Twitterer from woods of Alaska who has decided to line her pockets at the expense of ( and I mean that literally) the GOP, the tea party people who pay her a good portion of those Social Security checks they don’t know comes through the government, and the rest of the residents of the double wides they call home.


October 11th, 2010
11:42 am

And what about the 250K Palin charged the RNC to put her name on mailers when the RNC is strapped for cash and an important election coming up? Wasn’t she supposed to have quit to advance conservative causes and conservative candidates? Only for a price it seems. She even charges pro-life non-profits and churches the same 75-100K fee. Still believe she didn’t bilk the RNC for all those clothes during the 2008 campaign? She’s a fraud and a con-artist who is only in it for herself.

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