Karen Handel’s first TV ad: Ethics, lipstick, and a mystery voiceover

In her first TV ad of the GOP primary for governor, former secretary of state Karen Handel goes after all three of her major rivals – using ethics and lipstick.

Marilyn Quayle, wife of former vice president Dan Quayle, serves as narrator. Handel served Marilyn Quayle as deputy chief of staff.

The script:

Narrator:Three with iffy ethics. One wears lipstick. Three who look after themselves. One who looks after you. Karen Handel: Moved out of an abusive home at 17. Worked herself all the way to the White House. Karen’s tougher than an ox, but with a heart that comes from a life of beating the odds. Intelligence. Reform. Leadership. Handel.

Though the back end of the ad is laden with biography, this is the first attack ad of the GOP race for governor – though Handel would surely say that it’s only comparative.

And with a female voiceover, there’s no doubt that Handel is aiming at GOP women to give here a berth in a runoff.

Production quality is high – the ad is the handiwork of Fred Davis, the California ad whiz. No word yet on the size of the buy, which will make all the difference in the world.

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44 comments Add your comment

Pork Chop

July 9th, 2010
10:06 am

Handel is my choice – and I will be voting for her rather than against other candidates. It has been a long time since I could say that!

Jim

July 9th, 2010
10:14 am

If I could go all “Weird Science” and design my ideal gubernatorial candidate would it be Karen Handel? Nope….but….she’s the best choice we have this election cycle, in my opinion.

brandon

July 9th, 2010
10:31 am

Jim and Pork Chop……Why not support Jeff Chapman? He’s everything we say we want………oh and he’s the only candidate who is not questioned on his moral or ethical judgement. I don’t understand. I guess without high priced mailers or t.v. ads people just go with the best of the big boys.

In my opinon we’re going to be disappointed with any of the other GOP candidates. They’ll promise all these things and turn. Did we not learn our lesson with the chosen one?

“There’s no right way to do the wrong thing.” Jeff Chapman

Furbert

July 9th, 2010
10:33 am

Intelligence? Ethics? Reform?

What about Water, Education, and Transportation?

She knows nothing about the significant issues.

Sarah Palin

July 9th, 2010
10:38 am

I came to Georgia a week ago and did NOT endorse Karen Handel.

Roy Barnes

July 9th, 2010
10:38 am

She’s the only one of us without a ton of baggage or a bad hair piece. She’s got my vote. So what if she has no degree. Look at the mess we’ve gotten into courtesy of all those Harvard degrees in Washington. Maybe it’s time for common sense over book sense.

Georgia Right to Life

July 9th, 2010
10:40 am

We did not endorse Karen Handel because she believes an abortion is a woman’s choice.

AnyoneButHandel

July 9th, 2010
10:40 am

Karen Handel says, even as a Republican, she doesn’t agree with all of the things Republicans stand for. If that is so, Ms. Handel, conservative voters in Georgia are curious about where your views diverge from mainstream Republican thinking.

• Karen Handel told a gay rights group in 2003 not to worry about donations from conservative Republicans who support traditional family values. She said, “What I would hope is that people would look at Karen Handel for who Karen Handel is. If those folks had influence over me, wouldn’t my positions be different than they are?”
• Handel also stated during that campaign, “I don’t think, perhaps as a party, [Republicans] have been as open-minded about things as we should have. Even though I’m a Republican, I don’t agree with 100 percent with the things in the platform.”
-So, if she supported gay adoption and taxpayer-subsidized domestic partner benefits, both of which contrast with the views held by the majority of conservative Republican voters in Georgia, what other positions are there where Ms. Handel disagrees with the Republican platform?
-It would seem that Karen Handel has a proven record of saying anything to get elected. As the electorate changes, so do her viewpoints.

http://www.politicalvine.com/karenhandel/2003SOVO-2.pdf
https://docs.google.com/fileview?id=0B_KEK8-LWmzhODE4N2IzOGQtOWFhYi00NmJkLWFkZTMtOWI0ZDgzZmMzY2I2

Thunderbolt

July 9th, 2010
10:46 am

You should see the video Roy Barnes is holding onto right now of Handel conducting business in the Secretary of State office. She screams at the top of her lungs at her employees, telling them the are “f-ing idiots”, and she throws chairs at them. And this goes on for 5 minutes. She is unelectable against Roy Barnes because of this video he is saving for use in the general election.

No Ox, Noo Raw Deal Nooo Linger Longer Johnson Noooo King Roy

July 9th, 2010
10:46 am

I like Chapman and Handel.. Chapman was on NPR this morning and gave straight up answers. These 2 are our only choices and when I get in the booth on the 20th, I’ll make up my mind but right now I am leaning Handel.

THE NAMR SAYS IT ALL..

No Ox, Noo Raw Deal Nooo Linger Longer Johnson Noooo King Roy

July 9th, 2010
10:48 am

“THE NAMR SAYS IT ALL..” I need to use spell check SB

THE NAME SAYS IT ALL

No Ox, Noo Raw Deal Nooo Linger Longer Johnson Noooo King Roy

July 9th, 2010
10:50 am

By the way is The Ox, Raw Deal, & Johnson’s college degree on CORRUPTION?

The Goobernator

July 9th, 2010
10:52 am

I never watch attack ads. They Always, Always lie!

Terry Miller

July 9th, 2010
10:53 am

Like Brandon said, Why not support Jeff Chapman? He has no ethical cloud whatsoever. He has been dropped from committees where he refused to “go along to get along.” He isn’t afraid to confront the higher ups. He has succeeded in building his own business from scratch —- so successful it was bought by Waste Management. He succeeded in getting legislation passed to preserve the south end of Jekyll Island. He is a supporter of public land to benefit the average Georgian. He championed the public in the fight against improper use of eminent domain. He received an award from The Arc for his support of people with disabilities. He’s what we need —- a successful business man, experienced legislator and a model of ethical behavior.

Monica

July 9th, 2010
10:54 am

Whatever Anyonebuthandel, I don’t care, I’m a conservative and I support the right of gays to adopt and marry. There are a lot of us out there, so open your eyes. And I am not gay. You need to read the Republican platform. It’s about economic and PERSONAL freedom. Republicans decided to just throw out the latter, and let the government dictate morality to them, for crying out loud, the government even tells us what sexual positions are allowed! I like Karen Handel, she’s gonna win the nomination, we just have to make sure all those sexist conservatives, men and WOMEN, who believe a woman’s role is in the kitchen, actually come out and vote for her in the general election!

Aquagirl

July 9th, 2010
11:13 am

OMG, she doesn’t hate gays, and is not a mindless slave to the party platform. This is bad?

I’ll be interested to see if she taps the women’s vote. She’s clearly following that strategy. If it pays off, expect political types to take notice.

No Ox, Noo Raw Deal Nooo Linger Longer Johnson Noooo King Roy

July 9th, 2010
11:13 am

Karen Handel will tell the lobbyist that is currently sleeping with your represenative or senator to “Bring it on!”

Fulton Resident

July 9th, 2010
11:14 am

Gross. Really Gross.

“Blah blah blah. I’m going to throw around a bunch of vague claims of “iffy ethics” and then say I’m a smart reformer with no horrible baggage….yep, that aught to do it.”

I would take anyone running for governor on either side before Handel.

John Konop

July 9th, 2010
11:18 am

America is all about the land of opportunity. You may disagree with Karen but her story is very inspirational in time that many Americans are facing tough times. And I do think Karen had demonstrated she is the right person to make tough calls in tough times.

CMill

July 9th, 2010
11:28 am

Will all of the Jeff Chapman sock puppets give it a rest?

Yes, Chapman is a solid candidate as far as stances and ethics are concerned but has no statewide name recognition and no money to gain some recognition via ads. Even if he were elected, he would have NO CHANCE against Roy.

Ox will get slammed by Roy, many republicans don’t even like him.
Handel is a repeat of Sonny Perdue- No Thanks
Eric Johnson seems to be gaining some ground but I don’t know about his widespread appeal vs. Roy
Deal seems to have fairly low name recognition but is polling the best against Barnes. My money is on Nathan.

Paddy O

July 9th, 2010
11:31 am

So, how many of you think that the VP’s wife had a lot of essential duties? That her duties actually required a Chief of Staff? Wonder why your federal taxes are so high? How many of you think Dan Quayle was a good choice for VP?

Paddy O

July 9th, 2010
11:32 am

aquagirl – you think the republican base is gay friendly? Personally, I lean toward Chapman & will vote for him in the primary.

Good ol Gal

July 9th, 2010
11:33 am

Voice over ad whiz hell! They redubbed her voice with Pee Wee Herman.

Paddy O

July 9th, 2010
11:34 am

CMill – working for the Deal campaign? Chapman has little money – so we all should not mention him? Deal strikes me as corrupt and ethically challenged – and it seriously looks as though he abused the power of his office. Therefore, I will not vote for him.

deegee

July 9th, 2010
11:35 am

Well, I guess her parents won’t be voting for her. Isn’t that TMI unless you’re trying to pull the victim card?

Paddy O

July 9th, 2010
11:39 am

Monica – you are bit over emphasizing a private matter – sex position? why would that be in the platform? I also concur with gay “civil union” legal authorization, but it does not mean I support the homosexual lifestyle. You are also pushing some antiquated feminist manure – in the kitchen? Is that why repubs had a female VP candidate? Why the Sec of State was a black female? Your fictional reality needs to be frozen in Candyland.

Paddy O

July 9th, 2010
11:40 am

Yes, TMI – the emotional “poor, poor pitiful victimized me”. Typical modern female manipulation.

Aquagirl

July 9th, 2010
11:41 am

Paddy, I don’t think the Republican base is gay friendly. I do think that predatory behavior by men toward girls (McBerry) and other issues are of more concern to women than gay behavior. Whether Republican women will vote that way is another question, if they are even paying attention.

I like Chapman myself, he was a real stand up guy during the Jekyll Island mess. Deeds count far more than words.

No Ox, Noo Raw Deal Nooo Linger Longer Johnson Noooo King Roy

July 9th, 2010
3:02 pm

No Ox, Noo Raw Deal Nooo Linger Longer Johnson Noooo King Roy

July 9th, 2010
11:13 am

The Deal Bunch have stole my name AGAIN.. Like their Master REAL STEAL DEAL they are thieves, as they say the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree..

RBN

July 9th, 2010
3:34 pm

Just her abuse of the office of Secretary of State ought to eliminate Handel as a choice. I won’t be voting in that primary.

brandon

July 9th, 2010
5:42 pm

I just got my mailbox full of campaign mailers!! Oxendine’s was good and postive but I can’t overlook his ethics violation and Handel just hammers the other contenders with more negative ads. She bothers me with all this attack stuff……..it shows her true colors. Then some Georgia Conservative newspaper endorses someone in every race. Some were suprising.

I only have one choice and that’s Jeff Chapman. I’m really proud of my vote. Mine will not be a waste.

Will Jones - Atlanta

July 9th, 2010
6:19 pm

If it’s between Chapman and Barnes we must go with Chapman, but as he’s endorsed by those promoting the abomination of rapists’ and pedophiles’ victims being forced to bear at GRTL, we must elect DuBose Porter as governor.

Handel is damaged-goods. Her life and choices prove that out: her line is cut-off.

Warbler

July 9th, 2010
7:46 pm

Handle is after the women’s vote? Listed below are the candidates for President who won the women’s vote in the last four elections:

Bill Clinton
Al Gore
John Kerry
Barack Obama

Confused

July 9th, 2010
9:28 pm

Was the lipstick remark a reference to Roy Barnes?

Savannah77

July 9th, 2010
9:37 pm

The only candidate running for governor with the courage to stand up to Washington and the Downtown Atlanta establishment is Ray McBerry. Mr Chapman, 3 term state senator, may be a nice career politician, but have you ever seen him in a debate or forum, he has no passion, no energy, his hearts not in it, sorry.

Aquagirl

July 10th, 2010
8:14 am

Entertainment value at a debate–what bizarre criteria for selecting a Governor. Why don’t we elect the winner of American Idol?

Ray McBerry knows how to stand up to establishment pressure! When told by parents, clergy, and a judge to leave that girl alone, he thought for himself and met her on a deserted back road. He’s certainly his own man, er, FREAK. That energy and passion earned him a restraining order.

Mrs. Glenn Richardson

July 10th, 2010
10:49 am

Good thing she didn’t have spell potatoe in that voiceover.

DFACS

July 10th, 2010
12:55 pm

Parents watch out Ray McBerry is rising like a rocket and plans to poll in the teens

Jenny

July 10th, 2010
1:58 pm

The Best “Man” for the job is a “Woman” !!! Karen Handel is the one I want to represent me as a Georgian…she is a hard worker with great ethics & leadership. If you want to know something ask a man if you want the job done elect a woman…Yes I am married 43 years..& not a manhater…she is just the best choice we have!!!!

Just Peachy

July 10th, 2010
8:44 pm

Whatever you say you can’t disagree with this. Of the top four candidates Karen is the last to purchase air time and yet day after day the polls show her rising in popularity. I can’t help but think that’s business smarts… she’s getting the job done without spending the cash. I think she very well could cut budgets without raising taxes but by being wise in purchasing. I think she’ll take that fiscal responsibility straight to the capital!

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

July 11th, 2010
12:26 pm

Why should G-d bless Georgia if we make Elect someone lacking the grace to share G-d’s blessings, one way or the other?

The Porters demonstrate G-d’s blessings, wisdom, and grace.

Let’s give G-d just a little help prospering Georgia and make Elect the Porters.

Larry

July 21st, 2010
2:13 am

Are there any candidates who are fiscal conservatives, supporters of individual rights, proponents of cutting taxes and cutting government waste, and in favor of doing away with backwards and ignorant blue laws like prohibiting sale of alcohol on Sunday? If anyone fits this bill, that is who I am voting for.

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Kimmer

August 3rd, 2010
10:38 pm

I’ve seen references to a video Roy Barnes has of Karen Handel and her temper tantrum. Is this video available anywhere for the “public” to see?