An early jolt: John Oxendine levels bad-hair TV attack on Karen Handel

Less than 12 hours after Sarah Palin endorsed former secretary of state Karen Handel, the Republican campaign for governor kicked into high gear.

Former congressman Nathan Deal and former state senator Eric Johnson of Savannah both blistered Handel with accusations that she was gay friendly and loose with the truth.

But only state Insurance John Oxendine, who as frontrunner has long kept himself above the fray, had the money to launch this bad-hair attack on TV last night – charging that, five years ago, as chairman of the Fulton County Commission, Handel voted in favor of a $425,568 allocation for Planned Parenthood:

The script:

Female narrator: (Unfolding photo of Karen Handel) Know who this is? Under her leadership, Fulton County’s budget skyrocketed. She gave almost a half-million dollars to an abortion provider. And supported tax-payer benefits for gay couples. Sounds like a liberal Democrat. It’s the Karen Handel you didn’t know.

(Video of Oxendine) But you know John Oxendine. As insurance commissioner, Oxendine delivered more services while cutting his budget. And has a real plan for Georgia’s future. Conservative. Effective. Outsider. John Oxendine for governor.

The Oxendine campaign has posted the video and documentation at a web site called therealkarenhandel.com. Sound track provided by the Eagles, singing “Lyin’ Eyes.”

The Handel campaign responded with no-holds-barred language. “John Oxendine is the most corrupt politician in Georgia’s history and is far more likely to serve a term in prison than he is to serve as Governor,” Handel spokesman Dan McLagan said.

He pointed out that the AJC article cited by Oxendine — saying Fulton spending had “skyrocketed” — came only a few months after Handel was elected. Moreover, the article portrayed the new chairman as someone who thought the budget was out of control.

Here are the first few paragraphs:

Fulton County government is either a massive spendthrift or a prudent money manager. It all depends on whom taxpayers want to believe.

One faction on the county Board of Commissioners, led by new GOP Chairwoman Karen Handel, says the county’s spending is out of control and must be reined in before disaster strikes.

Others, including Emma Darnell, Nancy Boxill and Bill Edwards, say Fulton’s finances are strong and well-managed
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Fulton government spending has skyrocketed in recent years, with the rate of growth of government spending outpacing inflation and population growth since 1997.

On the Planned Parenthood spending, the Handel campaign says:

These funds were a pass-through grant from Congress to the Georgia Department of Human Resources, Division of Public Health — ironically when Nathan Deal was in Congress and Eric Johnson was in the State Senate — to provide screening for sexually transmitted diseases, cervical and breast cancer. Federal and state law, as well as State DHR regulations prohibited the funds from being used for abortion services, referrals or information.

The domestic partnership you know about. The Oxendine camp sources the 2002 e-mail Handel wrote to a member of the Log Cabin Republicans. The Handel campaign notes that, when the only vote on the issue came before the county commission, she registered a “no” vote.

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41 comments Add your comment

????

July 13th, 2010
8:12 am

Obviously the Ox wants to run against another crook like Deal or Johnson. Birds of a feather stick together.

Aquagirl

July 13th, 2010
8:14 am

When the competition is gaining, play “teh GAYZ!!!!!111!!!” and “immoral sluts” card. Gotta love those Republicans.

Jimmy Johnson

July 13th, 2010
8:15 am

Ox is a crook and everyone knows it.

This is pathetic.

John K

July 13th, 2010
8:16 am

We’re going to out-crazy South Carolina.

Oh Well

July 13th, 2010
8:20 am

I consider myself an independent voter…trying to really separate facts from fiction

but during my short time here in GA – Oxendine seems quite inept. And for all his touting to be a leader with his lame “contract with Georgia”…(are we REALLY going to follow old Newt?) he clearly is not the one to move GA forward.

Every time I see that Contract with Georgia “booklet” – I wonder if there’s really anything in it? Has anyone seen this thing up close that can give any real insight to his “plan”?

GoKaren

July 13th, 2010
8:30 am

Ox channel’s Bill Stephens. Didn’t work in ‘06 not going to work now

Tired of BS

July 13th, 2010
8:30 am

Whooooaaaa….down boy……. back that tractor up and let’s speak some truth here. Did John Oxendine ever work a business as an executive other than his daddy’s. Does John Oxendine deny costing the state of Georgia thousands of dollars and probably higher insurance rates due to his inability to drive a car like a normal person. How many cars in 15 yrs has he wrecked….2 or 3 I think. Did John Oxendine go to his friend, Charles Bannister, to get his step mother appointed to the library board in Gwinnett County. Under her watch, weren’t some libraries closed? What was his role in Snellville City business when his ex wife was city attorney, as a candidate for insurance commissioner, did he benefit from this relationship? Is John Oxendine promising citizenship to Koreans who bring money to Georgia?

Just who is John Oxendines speech coach? They should be fired.

The Goobernator

July 13th, 2010
8:46 am

Notice how the Republicans are always slamming each other in expensive TV ads and other media? Don’t they realize voters have had enough of this petty school yard fight mentality?

Disavantaged Insider

July 13th, 2010
9:01 am

And where does Ox come off with that tag line of being an “outsider?” Right, and if my Grandmother had wheels, she’d be a wagon. What a LOAD.

Hairy Dawg

July 13th, 2010
9:03 am

Tired of BS, i take offense to your own BS. I happen to run a business that is owned by my father. I can tell you from my own experience that you work harder and put in longer hours because it is a family business. That means if its 80 hours a week it’s just 80 hours a week. I can tell by your post that you are one of those do nothings that probably has a government job and has never done anything in the private sector.Then you start making claims about a candidate that you offer no back up to. (Bannister, library closing, etc.) Then you call out promising Koreans citizenship who bring money to GA. I saw the report on Fox 5 last night and done my own research into the EB5 program. It’s not a state program but a federal program. Yes it allows people from other countries(not just Korea) to gain a visa buy bringing money into the US and providing x amount of jobs in rural areas. I think it’s a great thing considering the fact that we need jobs especially in the rural areas that have skyrocketing unemployment.

Jon

July 13th, 2010
9:20 am

Somewhere, Roy Barnes is smiling…

Goodness Gracious Sakes Alive

July 13th, 2010
9:22 am

The more the Ox talks, the faster his polling numbers drop. My prediction – if he makes the runoff his opponent will be the Republican nominee. IF he makes the runoff.

lmno

July 13th, 2010
9:36 am

I truly believe that Oxendine is the worst choice out of all candidates.

Atlantan

July 13th, 2010
10:00 am

Usually when someone comes out attacking gay people they are closeted themselves.

I bet the dems show up and vote for the Ox. If I’m Barnes that is the idiot I would want to run against.

three jack

July 13th, 2010
10:27 am

ox is reacting to an internal poll that shows handel passing him. expect the attacks to get worse as the truth continues to come out about ox who maybe the most corrupt georgia politician in history.

Paddy O

July 13th, 2010
10:29 am

Did handel contribute money to planned parenthood or not?

Paddy O

July 13th, 2010
10:30 am

with a broad # of candidated in both the Dem & Repub tent, I doubt many people will be jumping from one party to another to sabotage the vote.

Just A Grunt

July 13th, 2010
10:30 am

OHHHH Karen has gay friends. The Ox is scared and resorting to his usual sleaze ball tactics that is so inherent in the politics of the ‘good ol boys’. His campaign had largely ignored Ms Handel with the attitude that she was just a girl but now that she is threatening to kick his butt he wants to anger Christian conservatives I guess to rally them to his side. There are so many ethical issues with Oxendine that you hardly know where to begin. They can best be summed up by saying he uses his office to get favors and benefits for himself while skirting the law.

BTW his latest commercial where he talks about bringing tele-medicine to GA is bull. The private insurance companies did that.

I may have been wavering on who to vote for, although Ox was never on the list to start with, but now I am definitely voting for Karen Handel.

Tom

July 13th, 2010
10:32 am

John Oxendine an outsider? On what planet?

Hairy Dawg

July 13th, 2010
10:33 am

Check this out regarding the EB5 program. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZ73LCk79rQ

Tom

July 13th, 2010
10:33 am

Unfortunately, Deal is just doing what too many Republicans have been doing these past several years…..pandering to the theocrats. (See Doug McGinnitie’s bringing onboard of that moonbat Sadie Fields to try and garner some thumper votes)

Tigermike

July 13th, 2010
10:35 am

I usually vote Democratic, but I am tempted to vote in the Republican primary for Karen Handel just to register a vote against the troika of sleazy men, Deal, Oxendine and Johnson.

Air force one

July 13th, 2010
11:25 am

The goobers of Georgia will vote for ox because they are not paying attention to this blog, tv commercials and can barely read the campaign mailers. He just might win it straight out. Watch what the goobers deliver as their nominee.

khc

July 13th, 2010
11:29 am

could all the repub gay bashing be self loathing…ox seems pretty effeminate!

TRUTH

July 13th, 2010
12:19 pm

Just when you think the Corrupt 3, Ox, Deal, & Johnson can’t get any lower, they show you they can.

TRUTH

July 13th, 2010
12:26 pm

Jon Lester.

July 13th, 2010
12:29 pm

If you know anything about actual Georgia demographics, you should know government can’t disenfranchise gay citizens any longer. It doesn’t matter what you think of them; there are many thousands statewide and constitutional protections apply equally to all citizens.

Tom

July 13th, 2010
12:56 pm

True, Jon, and the biggest of ironies is that there are many, many gays who are both Republican (or Libertarian/Independent) AND conservative. I know that sends a shiver up the spines of the theocrats within the GOP, who love to proselytize that one can’t “really” be gay and conservative (or Christian).

Dawg

July 13th, 2010
1:25 pm

Jeff Chapman for Governor!!! The only candidate without all this baggage
http://www.jeffchapmanforgovernor.com

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Craig Fletcher

July 13th, 2010
3:55 pm

Oh come on guys! I did not vote for Mrs. Handel but she can atleast keep her pants on. I am sure the lady is not gay. I have never met her but my god do you all have to say things like this to get your person elected.Give it a break I wish I could take my vote back now.

RainbowMittens

July 13th, 2010
4:21 pm

I was so incensed by that ad I wanted to go volunteer to fix Karen’s hair gratis! Do these bozos think teh Gays don’t vote or pay taxes??

Jim

July 14th, 2010
12:14 am

As we get closer to July 20th the the worst the bashing will get….Its nothing new! It happens every election. Why did anyone think this one was going to be any different.
Here is my problem with Karen. She has alot of ideas. But she has not presented a realistic plan to implement them. She is going to reduce the budget by eliminating the fat. When I personnally asked her where is the fat she wants to eliminate she didn’t have an answer. She lost my vote that day. All I saw was someone who was throwing out popular phases people like to hear. Georgia State Troopers and all other state employees are having to take one furlough day per pay period. Where are you going to make the budget cuts. School teachers and paraprofessionals across the state are being fired due to state budget cuts. Karen again I ask you where is this fat your going to eliminate from the state budget?
Stop giving me popular sound bites. Give my factual information the I can verifiy.

Jim

July 14th, 2010
12:17 am

Typo at the end of the last comment:….Give me factual information that I can verify

Lanier Roberts

July 14th, 2010
10:43 am

Nobody gets it right 100% of the time. President Ronald Reagan once said: If we can get 80% of right thinking republicans into office we can do great things. We have a lot of savy conservatives in our state and Sara’s indorsement is not going to get Karen the nomination. Let’s forgive Sara for this one. Have faith.

nation

Cory G

July 14th, 2010
12:07 pm

JOHN OXENDINE AN OUTSIDER??? WHAT? BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!!!

Mugwump

July 14th, 2010
4:55 pm

“John Oxendine is the most corrupt politician in Georgia’s history and is far more likely to serve a term in prison than he is to serve as Governor,”
I agree with this but it is contrary to what I have been hearing. I thought Deal was the most corrupt. Somewbody please clarify this confusion.

J.L.

July 15th, 2010
4:17 pm

Jeff Chapman is the ONLY REAL candidate for Governor. All the media is bent toward Oxendine because of his $$$. (By the way, most of his money is and was gained unethically)

JEFF CHAPMAN FOR GOVERNOR
it’s time for something REAL to happen!

http://www.jeffchapmanforgovernor.com

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