With the field in disarray over the departure of Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle from the race for governor, Secretary of State Karen Handel picked Monday to announce her campaign staff for the Republican contest.
Most notable in the stack of names was the return of Dan McLagan, who served as Sonny Perdue’s acid-tongue spokesman during his historic 2002 campaign.
— Campaign manager Marty Ryall, who most recently ran U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole’s unsuccessful re-election bid. (McLagan helped out on that one, too.)
— Leigh Ann Wood Gillis, who served as state finance director for Republican presidential candidate John McCain in 2008.
— Whit Ayers, a longtime Republican consultant, will act a pollster. Ayers, now of Virginia, was once based in Roswell, where Handel began her political career.
— Emotive will act as the Handel campaign’s online consultant.
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