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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