Handel gets some Democratic respect; Deal gets the cash

Republican candidate for governor Karen Handel gets some grudging love today. From Democrats.

Blog for Democracy was specifically talking about what you might call the candidate’s Maggie Thatcher moment, when — at the state GOP convention — Handel invited rival John Oxendine to combat at close quarters with her “ox” video and a challenge to “bring it on:”

Seriously, this woman knows how to fly into the storm. I’m in awe of this approach. Her campaign is shaping up to be a case study in how to run as a woman for statewide office. Nothing soft or sweet about it. No rocking chairs on the porch or cookies in the oven. ….

Somehow this candidate, whose bio is a train wreck, who’s been a ridiculous and fiercely partisan SOS, who’s been counted out of the Governor’s race from the get go, is pulling this off.

I’m still not voting for her, but something tells me she’ll have Republican and Democratic heads on plates (or worse), before it’s over.

The icon presented with the DFB post was a pair of — well, think Humprey Bogart and “The Caine Mutiny.”

On another matter, we understand that GOP rival Nathan Deal, the north Georgia congressman, raised $535,000 at a Thursday night fund-raiser in Gainesville last week — said to be a local record.

Deal campaign spokesman Harris Blackwood wouldn’t confirm a specific amount. “Hall County and the 9th District love their congressman,” was all we could get out of him. “We certainly laid a solid foundation in the race for governor.”

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12 comments Add your comment


May 26th, 2009
3:49 pm

Nathan Deal is the only Georgia GOP congressman who refuses to sign a resolution opposing a new performance tax on radio stations. This performance fee would put most small stations out of business. If he’s serious about running for governor, I don’t think he would want all of Georgia’s radio statio owners mad at him.


May 26th, 2009
7:16 pm

The state of Georgia has NO ONE with intelligence or integrity, on the GOP side, running for governor.
Handel, Oxendine, and the rest are liars, thieves, and as dumb as a box of rocks when it comes to problem solving skills & fixing issues.

The Snark

May 26th, 2009
8:48 pm

“Flying into a storm” is a qualification for governor? The only thing Karen Handel is good at is picking fights. Who needs that in a CEO?


May 26th, 2009
10:27 pm

It’s sad but throwing elbows is her only skill. Most Georgians want a governor who approaches problems with patience, resolution, and intelligence. Karen Handel will throw a grenade into the room and hope that something good comes out of all the destruction. That approach has been shown time and time again to not work. Cream always rises. Nathan Deal will be the GOP candidate with no runoff.


May 27th, 2009
8:38 am

Wondering what has Deal accomplished in his time is congress or his time as legislator here in Georgia? Do we really want someone who was part of the biggest run up in spending in DC to come back to Georgia and do it to us?


May 27th, 2009
10:29 am

Blog for Democracy is out of their mind, yet again! The truth is they are a bunch of angry women (mostly) themselves and if they think this is the only way to “win” or “be qualified as a woman running for office” then they are setting the movement back in true Georgia fashion. Although, remember, most of these same BFD crazies also supported this tactic in the DPG Chair’s race, attacking and trying to dismantle the party rather than accept that their approach was rejected. The truth is that voters deserve a qualified candidate, male or female, who proposes a VISION, a DIRECTION, a PLAN and a FUTURE for Georgia not “who’s stronger than an Ox” — which by the way, look at the GOP field, being stronger in that crowd doesn’t mean anything.



May 27th, 2009
10:36 am

Oh sure if you like someone running your state without a college education, who was rude to employees who were leaving the Governor’s office under the Barnes Administration-I mean name calling because she thought she could just waltz in and look in offices when they were clearly being housed by Barnes employees. Barnes hadn’t left office and there was attorney/client privileged papers in those offices. When she didn’t get her way she would call employee(s) name(s), i.e. such as b_ tch! Unacceptable. Not the kind of person I want representing my state–not her state because she ain’t even from Georgia. She just floats around trying to find a job with any republican candidate/official she can until she lucks up on a big one like Georgia. No wonder “Go Fish” is so important to Perdue, Handel, Perdue’s creation, is the first person in one of Perdue’s tournaments trying to win the “big fish”. If there is a king rat then she surely must be the “transplanted uneducated Big Fish”!


May 27th, 2009
12:30 pm

Would sure like to get Handel on tape calling someone a b….


May 27th, 2009
12:35 pm

well you could just ask one of the people she called to their face.


May 27th, 2009
1:38 pm

Name one or two


May 27th, 2009
2:12 pm

Name a couple so I can contact them


May 28th, 2009
9:57 am

I won’t divulge their identities. when the time is right they will contact the right person for governor and tell him everything.