Another Perdue nemesis signs up with Karen Handel

This is late, but Karen Handel’s Republican campaign for governor recently put out a new list of endorsements.

We were going to pass on it, until we noticed that the list included Bill Byrne, the former Cobb County Commission chairman — and yet another critic of Gov. Sonny Perdue.

Byrne lost to Perdue in the 2002 Republican primary for governor. And according to Peach Pundit archives, he was originally in the John Oxendine camp — a senior policy advisor.

Here’s the entire Handel list:

Former State Representative Barbara Bunn, Rockdale

State Representative Wendell Willard, Fulton

State Representative Randy Nix, Troup

Roger Boatright, Bacon County Commissioner

Reid Bowman, Henry County Commissioner

Bill Byrne, Former Cobb County Commission Chairman

Tim Fleming, Newton County Commissioner

Ken Hickey, Thomas County Commissioner

Kevin Jackson, Carroll County Commissioner

Randy Stamey, Henry County Commissioner

Mayor Arthur Letchas, City of Alpharetta

Mayor Joe Lockwood, Milton

Mayor Jim Still, Mountain Park

Mayor Jere Wood, Roswell

Mayor Jerry Oberholtzer, Snellville

Mayor Don Rehwaldt, Tyrone

Mayor Eric Clarkson, Chamblee

Former Mayor Bob Walker, Dublin

Former Mayor Bob Young, Augusta

D.C. Aiken, Alpharetta City Councilman

David Belle Isle, Alpharetta City Councilman

Tibby DeJulio, Sandy Springs City Councilman

Douglas DeRito, Alpharetta City Councilman

Ivan Figueroa, Johns Creek City Councilman

Dianne Fries, Sandy Springs City Councilwoman

Ashley Jenkins, Sandy Springs Councilwoman

Randall Johnson, Johns Creek City Councilman

Karen Meinzen McEnery, Sandy Springs Councilwoman

John Monson, Alpharetta City Councilman

Lee Morris, former Atlanta City Councilman

Jim Paine, Alpharetta City Councilman

Howard Shook, Atlanta City Councilman

Becky Wynn, Roswell City Councilwoman

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October 29th, 2009
1:06 pm

Interesting that Byrne has jumped ship.

December 19, 2008 Kathryn Ballou, (404) 558-4905
Oxendine Announces First Round of
Campaign Leadership Team
Commissioner John Oxendine is honored to announce the first round of leaders for Team Oxendine – Governor 2010.
“It is humbling to have such a great team of Georgia leaders supporting my campaign to transform Georgia government. We have set the foundation for a true statewide campaign. I want to be the Governor for all of Georgia.
Consider where Georgia is after this past Legislative Session: At the end of the Session, Georgians still have no tax cuts, are still stuckin traffic, still have no new economic development projects, and still trailother states on school test scores. My message to Georgia taxpayers: Helpis on the way and change is coming.”

Please welcome the first of multiple announcements of Team Oxendine:

Finance Committee Chairman:
Dan Amos – Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Aflac Incorporated
Senior Policy Advisor:
Bill Byrne – Former Chairman Cobb County Board of Commissioners and former Republican candidate for Governor


October 29th, 2009
1:22 pm

No college degree…… That is all.

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

October 29th, 2009
1:37 pm

Marilyn Quayle’s papist carpetbagger…”No college degree”…no kids…couldn’t come up with a paper trail to establish integrity for Georgia’s ballots.

Sen John Douglas

October 30th, 2009
8:42 am

Will Jones: …no kids… Until you have been through the heartbreak of not being able to have children, you cant imagine how cruel that comment is. My wife and I were in the same situation but were able to adopt. I pray that life never presents you with some sort of situation that you can’t control. And I hope that at some point, compassion becomes a trait of your personality.

Rule .303

October 30th, 2009
11:35 am

Never thought I’d agree and sympathize with Douglas on something.

I doubt I’ll be voting for Handel, and I understand the “no degree” comments, but what’s up with that “no kids” concern? Is that a southern thing? Is that code for something? Seems pretty pathetic and desperate.


October 30th, 2009
8:45 pm

Rule .303, it’s relevant because Karen Handel represents herself as the only “woman” in the race. Most women I know have children. There’s nothing wrong with Karen Handel not having children. I’m not sure what her reasons are. Could be inability or could be selfishness. The question is whether we want a governor who has not had the profoundly awesome experience of being a parent. Someone who has not worried about the local elementary school, or stretched a budget to feed a family, or dealt with a little one’s asthma, or tenderly bathed a newborn. Children make the world go around. They are the reason we build and develop and generally try to make things a little better. Karen Handel, so to speak, doesn’t have a dog in the good fight. Rent the movie Children of Men.


November 1st, 2009
12:38 pm

Here’s a little insight on Handel.

Your premise that Handel can’t serve the citizens of Georgia because she has no children is asinine

Rule .303

November 2nd, 2009
10:57 am

Rose, that’s quite possibly the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard. You do realize that George Washington never had children, right? Children of Men is a great movie, but it’s not relevant to this conversation ;)