Make that Palin and Romney vs. Gingrich

Karen Handel, bound for the GOP gubernatorial runoff after finishing first in the primary last night, picked up another big endorsement today. CNN reports:

A day after advancing to Georgia’s Republican gubernatorial runoff as the favorite to win the nomination, Karen Handel picked up the support of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, CNN has learned.

“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.”

Handel and Rep. Nathan Deal emerged from a four-way primary battle and will now face off in the Aug. 10 runoff. Handel was boosted in the primary by endorsements from Sarah Palin and Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer. Deal is backed by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who represented Georgia’s sixth congressional district for two decades.

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.

But Romney has been generous with his money in the Peach State this year. His Free and Strong America political action committee has contributed $39,000 to an eye-popping 42 candidates up and down the Georgia ballot so far in 2010, including Sen. Johnny Isakson and Reps. Phil Gingrey, Lynn Westmoreland, Jack Kingston and Tom Price.

Romney’s PAC donated to $1,000 to Handel’s campaign on Tuesday.

The eventual GOP nominee will face former Gov. Roy Barnes in the general election.

That makes three big out-of-state endorsements for Handel, who also has Price’s support. Deal counters with Newt Gingrich, and from what I hear he can expect Eric Johnson to take his side soon as well. I would also expect a lot of state legislators, who haven’t hidden their disdain for Handel’s broad-brush attacks on their integrity, also to back Deal.

This thing is going to be interesting.

25 comments Add your comment

Mel Gibson

July 21st, 2010
1:52 pm

First?

What no comment from the repubs? No one for them to hate in this post

CrazyInGA

July 21st, 2010
2:05 pm

I’ll take the GA Insiders versus the Outsiders on any day. At least they know what is going on inside of this state.

John

July 21st, 2010
2:40 pm

I’m glad Romney is donating money and time to help elect Georgia Republicans! I’ve been leaning towards Palin, but Romney seems like a smart guy. I think I’m going to go with him in 2012.

Churchill's MOM

July 21st, 2010
2:57 pm

CrazyInGA

July 21st, 2010
2:05 pm

Are you refering to Fanily Values Newt? He lives in NYC..

HDB

July 21st, 2010
3:04 pm

Interesting: Gingrich….an opportunist that no one likes…..
Palin…an opportunist that is taking advantage…
Romney..an opportunist that wrote the blueprint for HCR
…and none of them represent a new idea for me…another re-hash of the SOS (same ol’ s#!t!). There HAS to be someone better than this!!

StJ

July 21st, 2010
3:14 pm

I’m sure I’ll be getting more phone calls from Robo-Palin and Robo-Gingrich in the next couple weeks…

washedup

July 21st, 2010
3:19 pm

John Monds for governor. .there’s your someone better.

Skippy John Jones

July 21st, 2010
3:54 pm

All these northerners (and defectors) dabblin’ in our affairs…

Rick Patel

July 21st, 2010
4:09 pm

Newt Gingrich is a dishonorable man who cheated on his dying wife, and rolled over for Bill Clinton when he was Speaker of the House. He is a disgrace. Karen Handel, with the endorsement of Gov. Sarah Palin, offers a new day in Georgia politics. Let’s support her, and help her defeat “King Roy” Barnes.

Intown

July 21st, 2010
4:10 pm

This is good. Barnes will look above all this national partisan nonsense and focus on actually pulling Georgia’s economic future out of the ditch that 8 years of Republican leadership drove it into.

WhatThe?

July 21st, 2010
4:41 pm

All Barnes is going to do is raise Georgians taxes, putting Georgia’s economic future futher into the ditch. He has already said he would …

@@

July 21st, 2010
4:52 pm

Huh!!??!!

There’s two on Romney’s list of recipients that I wouldn’t support as dog-catcher.

How many times am I gonna have to rethink this? I keep telling myself, I’ve got until November, November, No

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Ragnar Danneskjöld

July 21st, 2010
4:56 pm

I don’t recall the last time I even cared who endorsed whom. I’ll pick my own horses, thank you.

Thurston B. Howell III

July 21st, 2010
4:56 pm

Palin told Handel she could bailout of the job if she thought she could make more money somewhere else.

No More Progressives!

July 21st, 2010
5:14 pm

HDB

July 21st, 2010
3:04 pm
Interesting: Gingrich….an opportunist that no one likes…..
Palin…an opportunist that is taking advantage…
Romney..an opportunist that wrote the blueprint for HCR
…and none of them represent a new idea for me…another re-hash of the SOS (same ol’ s#!t!). There HAS to be someone better than this!!

Expand your horizon a little & read Newt’s book “To Renew America.” The problem with you, HDB, is you don’t like anybody that’s not “fair.”

Grand Forks

July 21st, 2010
5:56 pm

“This thing is going to be interesting.”

So let’s get this straight. Newty cheats on his wife, tries to impeach Clinton, endorses Scozafava in NY and now Deal.

Palin runs a large state successfully, had an 80% approval rating, is a hard core conservative, took on oil companies, and backs conservatives.

Yep, I’ll go with Palin any day.

Grand Forks

July 21st, 2010
5:57 pm

HDB

Not that it matters, but who cares? It’s not like you’d vote Republican anyway.

Grand Forks

July 21st, 2010
5:58 pm

No More Progressives!

I’ve said the same thing about HDB for a long time. He’s a leftist and he should stay with the leftist party.

Grand Forks

July 21st, 2010
5:58 pm

“Barnes will look above all this national partisan nonsense and focus on actually pulling Georgia’s economic future out of the ditch that 8 years of Republican leadership drove it into.”

What ditch? Compared to democrat states like Illinois, Michigan and NY, GA is doing very well.

Grand Forks

July 21st, 2010
6:04 pm

I used to get phone calls from Newt’s “take back America” group. I actually talked to some lady who sounded like a chain smoker. She asked me to donate $500 to Newt’s cause. When I stopped laughing hard she asked me why I was laughing and I told her I don’t donate money to RINO’s. After I explained to her why I was not going to donate she said that she had no idea Newt had donated his support to Scozafava. I then said, well, you need to do some research before you call people up asking for money.

Gotta love uninformed people.

barking frog

July 21st, 2010
7:14 pm

losing candidates can usually deliver about 50% of their vote to the person they endorse. even
presidents have little effect on state and local elections. barnes is history. looks like georgia will have a woman governor.

Atlantan

July 22nd, 2010
12:17 am

As soon as Romney can admit that RomneyCare is a disaster I’ll begin to respect him. Not much of a pickup endorsement for Handel in my eyes. I like Handel, but I hope she doesn’t think RomneyCare is the way to go.

As far as 2012 – Mitch Daniels for President! Read about his success in Indiana – he is the leadership America needs to dig us out of of the Democrat Debt / Regulation Mess.

Waldomountainman

July 23rd, 2010
1:29 am

I am disappointed in Newt, I thought he knew better than to endorse the horse that most watchdog groups consider one of the most corrupt politicians in Washington. I agree we do not need the outsider bringing his big city bad habits back to Georgia. We also do not need to bring back the old gov. who had his own ideas about how to trash Georgias public lands as the current one seems to carry on his tradition. Has anyone driven the Richard B Russell Parkway lately? (Georgias version of the Blue Ridge Parkway) It is trashed and shameful, we need a govenor who will put at least some effort into protecting this states resources and not a fish pond in their own backyard.

Weekend Political Fix

July 24th, 2010
12:06 pm

[...] been facing off in Georgia Republican Primary for Governor. Mitt Romney has waded in as well, backing Palin’s choice. If Palin’s choice prevails we might see Newt again become the nominee [...]

I'm old but..

July 25th, 2010
10:27 pm

We all should remember “King Roy”. If you go there you will be sorry!! Newt is the smartest man probably in the last 50 years. If we could only be that lucky to have him for our leader.