Your morning jolt: Anti-abortion group makes a late robo-call attack on Karen Handel

We’d been told to expect the call, and it arrived on the answering machine just before dinner. The machine missed the first few words:

“…Karen Handel’s extremely liberal record on abortion. As commission chair of Fulton County, Karen Handel voted to give over $400,000 to Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider.

“Karen Handel also sat back and watched an additional $800,000 go to this despicable organization. For the pro-life cause and the unborn children in Georgia, Georgia Right to Life asks you to reject Karen Handel on July 20. Thank you.”

The robo-call, presumably made to thousands of Republican voters across the state, is the first significant spending of third-party money in the GOP race for governor.

The Handel campaign has said the Fulton County cash was federal pass-through money directed to a Planned Parenthood unit in downtown Atlanta that performs no abortions.

Handel is the only one of six Republican candidates for governor not endorsed by GRTL, in part because she objects to restrictions the group wants to place on invitro fertilization in Georgia.

But the real dispute is over who will control the “pro-life” label within the Republican party. GRTL demands that candidates for office oppose abortion in all cases, except when the life of the mother is threatened.

Handel calls herself pro-life. But, like many other Republicans, she would also make exceptions for rape and incest.

This is what puzzles many anti-abortion activists about Handel’s endorsement by former Alaskan governor Sarah Palin, who doesn’t recognize exceptions for rape or incest.

Also on the answering machine, among a dozen or so messages from Republican and Democratic candidates, was the voice of Newt Gingrich, speaking up again for his candidate in the GOP governor’s race:

“Nathan Deal is a conservative who’ll be the kind of governor you and I can trust. Nathan Deal is pro-life, a national leader to stop tax dollars from going to illegals, and has a plan to create jobs and cut taxes.”

Which means by Wednesday, through their surrogates, Georgia could be witnessing a clash of two titans in the 2012 Republican presidential contest.

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83 comments Add your comment


July 20th, 2010
9:46 am

The facts about the funds that went to PP are brought to light here…..

GRTL has become a laughing stock, and Dan “Baron von Barren” Becker is an effin loon.

Concerned voter

July 20th, 2010
9:51 am

As a voting citizen of Cobb County and the State of Georgia, I am concerned at the handling of the voting location for my address. In the past I have voted at the Cumberland United Methodist Church, at 2375 Paces Ferry Road in Smyrna. My voter
registration card still reflects this address. I went to vote this morning and after accepting my voters card and driver’s license, I was told I had to go to a new location at St. Benedict’s Episcopal Church on Cooperlake Road .
I asked if there were any “Provisional” procedures that would allow me to vote at this
Location as I am currently undergoing chemotherapy and it took quite a bit of personal
resource to get here. I was told “no”.

I would like the following questions answered:
1. When was the location changed and why since the usual location was fully staffed
And relatively empty at 7:00AM today.

2. Why were no notices mailed to the affected parties. I checked with my neighbors.
I am afraid many voters will have difficulties finding the new location since Cooperlake Road is chopped into dead ends and no thoroughfares.

3. Why was provisional voting not allowed at the old location?
4. How were the “relocated” voters selected? Were only certain areas targeted, and
Were all occupants within that area relocated? (I am concerned especially about this since I changed parties last general election.)
5. Is the new location permanent and is proper notification going to take place, i.e.
New cards issued.

Thank you,
Mary E. Daudelin,
A concerned Georgia Voter.


July 20th, 2010
9:53 am

The fact that the GTRL supports Ray McBerry is in my opinion a reason for their tax exempt status to be questioned.

How in the hell can the GTRL say they support a man who would prey on the children they say they want to save?

Incompetent Handel

July 20th, 2010
9:57 am

More on the Bibb Monroe border issue that Handel wishes we would all forget:

Here, she receives the opinion of the AG that she solicited on whether she could involve the OSAH in the procedure:

She decided to just go ahead and ignore it , and two months later, the surveyor receives a subpoena, issued by the OSAH:

Karen Handel doesn’t belong anywhere near the Capital. She couldn’t even do what the law required her to do in her role as SOS, make a decision on the county line issue. Completely incompetent

Incompetent Handel

July 20th, 2010
10:01 am

To you Handel supporters take a look at this news video from WMAZ in Macon last Fall to see the incompetence you will be casting your vote for. This news segment was done six months after a decision should have been made and three months before she resigned, without ever doing her duty and making a decision. Someone please tell me: what qualifies Karen Handel to even be on the Conyers City Council? She is completely incompetent.


July 20th, 2010
10:02 am

I am more worried about Deal’s ethical problems, vote for a Honest Man Like Eric Johnson.

Jon Lester

July 20th, 2010
10:11 am

Eric Johnson an honest man? Whatever you want to tell yourself. I know Jamie Reynolds a little too well to believe that.

Seriously, regardless of what you think of abortion (and not even pro-choice people think it’s “good”), what can any candidate for governor realistically expect to do about it? Have any of these people ever supported subsidized contraception, expanding Georgia Medicaid or anything else that will help to make a better future tax base?

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

July 20th, 2010
10:14 am

Looks like I’ll be shortning my name tomorrow, wouldn’t it be great if it was just Nooooo King Roy and we had a Chapman/ Handel runoff..

For now it’s still… THE NAME SAYS IT ALL


July 20th, 2010
10:15 am

Has anyone seen Eric Johnson’s commericals? I can tell that man is EVIL!

Jon Lester

July 20th, 2010
10:21 am

I can tell you with authority that the Lake Oconee community is not one that celebrates diversity (or even honesty, in many cases). You really don’t want any of those people to gain new influence over state government.

Buckhead Boy

July 20th, 2010
10:22 am

Abortion is a federal issue. Is the point that Deal is making that he will oppose a federal law? Deal needs to be connected to what the Gov. does. Keep the other in Sunday school! The rest of the country laughs at us in GA because these candidates are sooo plebian. I would like to know the title of the last book Deal read for pleasure reading! – probably something on a rural GA 1st grade reading list!

T Knight

July 20th, 2010
10:25 am

Truly, who in their right mind supports a man who preys on children?

Karen Handel had the integrity to stand up for her principals, Karen Handel has the business experience to lead Georgia out of this terrible economy created by Obama, Pelosi, and Reid.

Vote Karen Handel today!


July 20th, 2010
10:28 am

I wish abortion was illegal! Then we would see all of the holier-than-thou types with their children having babies! Then they would have to answer for the truth of their lifestyles and I would just laugh!
The Deals in life are always the ones with so much to hide, like they have to shout about their morals sooo often, it just makes you wonder. I just want a better economy!


July 20th, 2010
10:31 am

What I continue to laugh & shake my head about is all the “life begins at conception” crowd who use oral contraceptives. I bet if you tried to take their wife’s pills away they’d pop a cap in you.

Are they hypocrites or just plain ignorant?


July 20th, 2010
10:35 am

Today voted in republican primary (12 Cong Dist) only wish it were November at this point.
Gov: Handel (GRTL pisses me off with its testimony and in your face tactics)
SOS: McGinnitie
AG Preston Smith
Comm of Ins: Gerry Purcell
Labor Comm: Melvin Everson
PSC: Jeff May
12 Dist Congress – Ray McKinney
158th Dist: Jan Tankersley
NO on Constitutional ballot question

[...] AJC [...]

Used to be Disgusted

July 20th, 2010
11:00 am

All republicans suck: every last one. Keep voting for them and watch the state continue to disintegrate.

No Teabagging

July 20th, 2010
11:02 am

I am a bit put off by the GRTL hard line as well. Has any candidate really thought of the consequences of forcing a woman through a pregnancy, conceived by rape incest or other unfortunate circumstances? Are you going to force this woman to raise the child, even if she is without financial support? Are you going to force her to give away or sell the baby to a lucrative adoption service?


July 20th, 2010
11:05 am

I vote in Dekalb county and there were no constitutional ballot questions.

But I have heard that there were at least 2 in Gwinett county.

What is that?

Bill Orvis White

July 20th, 2010
11:05 am

The Honorable Mr. McBerry is innocent of all charges and most of all, the most qualified candidate in this race. I am praying for a huge surprise win for this amazing state’s rights believer. C’mon Georgia, vote for this man.
God Bless,


July 20th, 2010
11:14 am

Well, this should be interesting—-let’s see if Republican voters are gonna swallow the right-wing poison pill.


July 20th, 2010
11:20 am

Seriously, Bill?

You sure seem to like that creepy guy….what did he promise you? Is he going to hire you as his ‘assistant’ after tonight (as he fades back into irrelevancy) when he re-activates his profile at and goes back to luring young girls to bikini photoshoots?


July 20th, 2010
11:24 am

Can someone tell me which of these canidates will support full Sunday sales? It’s a dumb law that needs to go!


July 20th, 2010
11:25 am

Deal & Johnson are proven crooks, The Ox is a man of the prople and will make Georgia a better place to live.

SWAT Native

July 20th, 2010
11:25 am

Concerned Voter,

I also live in Smyrna and showed up to my usual voting place to find a sign out front that said this is no longer a polling place, with no info on where it had moved. I also don’t recall getting a notice saying that it had been changed. This is an odd way of handling this.


July 20th, 2010
11:29 am

jod, I know of 4 of the GOP candidates who have said they would sign such a bill (although they had ‘personal’ objections to it)…..Deal, Johnson, Oxendine and the Perv. Of course, it wouldn’t surprise me to see any of them suddenly change their mind (probably after “thoughtful prayer”) and veto it on arrival.

Chapman says he would veto it.


July 20th, 2010
11:33 am

I saw a woman the other day with a McBerry sign on her car. Gave her a wide berth, that’s for sure, and thankfully there were no kids in the store. I am almost glad he ran. You want to know who these people are and what they look like.

There’s a sub-segment of the population who don’t give a rats @$# if a 30 year old teacher can’t stay away from a 17 year old student. They even think those ex-teachers should be running the State. It’s amazing. Unfortunately for Bill, Jesus is not likely in tune with their brains.


July 20th, 2010
11:35 am

And no official word from handel about this issue?

Emily Most

July 20th, 2010
11:50 am

The republicans look and sound like redneck trailor park people from rural GA. Ox’s big ole’ hick accent shoul disqualify him from representing anyone with any pride. Raw Deal seems like he has something to hide in that he wants to talk about what a swell fella’ he thinks he is, so he must have a weird secret, or he would be talking about ideas to improve the economy, Handel looks like she needs to wear Chanel lipstick instead of Publix brand!


July 20th, 2010
11:53 am

I crossed over to vote for Handel today against the disgusting pigs running against her. I also can’t stand Olens, so I voted against him and voted no on the amendment.

I will vote for Barnes in the general election. We need someone who can get the things this state needs done. The Republicans lead by Purdue have made everything worse in GA since 2002. Get them the hell out of here.


July 20th, 2010
11:57 am

When this all started I thought Karen was just a Perdue puppet and stood for more of the same. Glad to see its not true. She is the most moderate of the bunch and I think a lot of her rhetoric lately has been to pacify the right. I voted for the Porter/Porter team for Gov/Lt Gov because I think they are best for GA (even republicans will not want to vote for Cagle). Dubois wont win, but Carol has a shot of winning in November.

John in Georgia

July 20th, 2010
12:01 pm

Can we just hear from candidates about the economy, foreclosures, education, Etc? When a candidate deviates into divisive issues then they loose me! Smart voters dont vote straight party tickets anymore! And these Atlanta politicans who pander to rural constituents are sooo see-through! We all see these guys around town and know they make fun of the country folks. Does evertything have to be so fake and calculated? Hey Deal, why not be a “Celebrity Bartender” at your favorite watering hole. Maybe the voters might like you better, insead of that preachy stuff. Deal’s catch phrase should be” For Georgia, Its Peachy To Be Preachy”, that is so boring!!!


July 20th, 2010
12:02 pm

Interesting. I’m liking Handel more and more.

The General

July 20th, 2010
12:04 pm

@ Go OX

“The Ox is a man of the prople and will make Georgia a better place to live.”

BWAAHHHAAAAAA That’s the funniest thing I’ve heard in a while! We are all glad both you and Assendine will slink back off into oblivion after tonight’s results are counted.

Georgia for Roy Barnes

July 20th, 2010
12:05 pm

I voted for Roy Barnes

Haughty Democrat

July 20th, 2010
12:12 pm

Question for those over 55? Other than perhaps better teeth, “do the Tea Partiers remind you of Lester Maddox and George Wallace supporters?”

Pork Chop

July 20th, 2010
12:13 pm

@T Knight

I’m with you: Vote Karen Handel today, and in the run-off.

Vote Karen Handel in the general election!


July 20th, 2010
12:13 pm

“A person’s a person, no matter how small”
Dr. Seuss

“we must once again extend the most basic hman right to the most vulnerable members of the human family. We must commit ourselves to a future in which the right to life for every human being–no mater how weak, no matter how small, no matter how defenseless–is protected by our laws and public policy.”
Ronald Reagan, January 14, 1985

Free Thought

July 20th, 2010
12:14 pm

Funny – I voted for Porter and Porter, too. Dubose is the kind of leader we need, but won’t get.

Pork Chop

July 20th, 2010
12:18 pm

Emily Most

July 20th, 2010
11:50 am
The republicans look and sound like redneck trailor park people from rural GA.

It’s so nice to know what you think of rural Georgia. May your urban vehicle drop into a pothole!

Woman in DeKalb Co

July 20th, 2010
12:47 pm

IMNO – I voted in DeKalb County and there were 6 amendments. I voted yes on the right to life question. I also voted Karen Handel


July 20th, 2010
12:53 pm

There were no amendments or referendums on my ballot.

Thats a concern to me.


July 20th, 2010
1:03 pm

Y’all, they are only non-binding ballot questions put on by the county parties in some counties. (Over 45 have the life question, including one on the Dem ballot.) They are not amendments or referendums, just qustions to guage the support of primary voters for the proposal.


July 20th, 2010
1:09 pm

OK, got you. I guess the Dekalb Democrats didn’t have any questions.


July 20th, 2010
1:17 pm

No need to vote. I just declared myself dictator of Georgia. Go back your normal routine.


July 20th, 2010
1:21 pm

The govt should stay out of our private lives.


July 20th, 2010
1:22 pm

So what are some of these non-binding questions, aside from the anti-abortion one? Did they have the Dr. Seuss quote? Sounds like a feel-good move. Right-wingers are always crying that’s a liberal thing.


July 20th, 2010
1:27 pm

I am going out right now to hold my nose and vote for Handel. Anyone but Nathan Steal is my choice.


July 20th, 2010
1:28 pm

A whiner acusing others of whining? Pot meet kettle aqua?

Mr. Snarky

July 20th, 2010
1:31 pm

Head’s Up to Haughty Democrat:

(1) Never met any other kind of democrat – so you named yourself – good job.
(2) I believe that written history AND my memory do serve me correctly in stating that the two gentlemen you referenced were not affiliated with the Republican Party at ANY point in time.

Looking forward to tonight’s General Primary results.

BTW – any crossover voting for Thurbert against “His Majesty”?