Karen Handel and Nathan Deal start GOP runoff with a combined $110,238

Karen Handel and Nathan Deal have a combined $110,238 to spend on their three-week Republican runoff for governor. In other words, bupkis.

From Shannon McCaffery with the Associated Press:

The scramble for cash is on in the three-week sprint to Georgia’s Aug. 10 runoff.

Nathan Deal and Karen Handel are working the phones, lining up the dollars they’ll need to win the GOP nomination. Both skated into the primary nearly on empty and must quickly reload in time to get television ads up.

A review of campaign disclosures by The Associated Press shows that Handel has just $66,648 in money designated for the primary runoff. Deal had $43,590.

To put that in perspective, a weeklong statewide media buy costs roughly $600,000.

Both campaigns said Thursday they are having a far easier time raising cash now that they have emerged as the top two vote getters.

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Ga Values

July 22nd, 2010
5:10 pm

Deal will say anything to get elected, just remember along with Maxine Waters & Jesse Jackson, Jr. he was selected as 1 of the 15 most corrupt in Washington and that is really saying something about his character.

**Rep. Nathan Deal (R-GA)**
Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL)
Sen. Roland Burris (D-IL)
Rep. Ken Calvert (R-CA)
Sen. John Ensign (R-NV)
Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-IL)
Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-CA)
Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
Rep. Alan B. Mollohan (D-WV)
Rep. John P. Murtha (D-PA)
Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D-NY)
Rep. Laura Richardson (D-CA)
Rep. Pete Visclosky (D-IN)
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA)
Rep. Don Young (R-AK)

whatever

July 22nd, 2010
5:20 pm

@Ga Values……….ENOUGH ALREADY…….repeating yourself over and over again is a description of insanity…..and, by the way CREW…the grou who lists him as corrupt is a liberal group created by George Soros and backed by Nancy Pelosi…….they have NO CREDIBILITY!!!!

Republicans4ever

July 22nd, 2010
5:20 pm

I would like to know who put out that list?

Republicans4ever

July 22nd, 2010
5:21 pm

Thank you, Whatever

TRUTH

July 22nd, 2010
5:25 pm

The Deal paid bloggers have a lot of trouble with the TRUTH, you keep it up Ga Values.

Out 11 minutes and 4 posts

July 22nd, 2010
5:26 pm

Not exactly a hot topic, huh?

Real Deal Real Steal

July 22nd, 2010
5:27 pm

that’s right Raw Deal is right up there with Charley Rangle. By the way why did Deal resign from congress when he said he wasn’t?

schroeder

July 22nd, 2010
5:27 pm

That seems like plenty of dough to bash gays, minorities and women….

Jeff Pruett

July 22nd, 2010
5:33 pm

You can be sure Roy Barnes will be spending his time during the runoff raising as much cash as he can and laughing his butt off watching the two of them go after each other. I guess life is pretty good these days in the Barnes household!

Keith

July 22nd, 2010
5:33 pm

I had already reported GA Values to AJC a couple of times for the repeated non-sense. We’ve all got the point… now go away!

whatever

July 22nd, 2010
5:34 pm

@TRUTH………paid??? Not hardly! And for a name like that……..you should do some research and find out the truth before you have anything to say.

Rotten Deal

July 22nd, 2010
5:38 pm

Funny how the Soros group’s Most Corrupt list was headed by Charlie Randel, clearly a Democrat, and there were more Democrats on the list than Republicans.

Today the Democratic Congress pushed forward with the ethics charges against Rangel, after first booting him from the Ways and Means Chairmanship.

Usually we Republicans can gloat that we “take out our trash” but this time the Democrats took theirs out and some “republican” politicians want to put theirs in the governor’s mansion.

whatever

July 22nd, 2010
5:42 pm

@rotten deal……..have you read the ethics report? have you listened to the 3 part news conference that addresses the issue?? Nathan Deal has served this state and our country proudly for over 20 years. Why in the world would the people of this great state elect a man over and over again if he was so corrupt??

Sick and Tired

July 22nd, 2010
5:44 pm

Handel will be fine, Sarah Pac will come to the rescue.

Rotten Deal

July 22nd, 2010
5:47 pm

Let’s see…..rotten old Deal was in Congress for 17 years, taking the US debt up by $8.8 trillion during his tenure. He switched parties, but never quit his love for spending. Look at the national debt clock and you will see that the expansion of Medicare Deal voted for is a unfunded liability of $18 trillion.

The people have not cast one vote since Deal was exposed to be corrupt.

If he were not corrupt why did the Republicans on OCE UNANIMOUSLY vote to release the report.

Another ‘liberal’ conspiracy against your boy?

Gwinnett

July 22nd, 2010
5:52 pm

I still do not know why many Georgia Republicans still support Palin. I didn’t vote for Handel because of Palin’s endorsement. Listen people, Palin knows nothing and we cannot let that bimbo runs our country in 2012. She knows nothing. Palin resigned as governor of Alaska so she can run around the country, she obviously can’t handle the media pressure at home.

Dirk Digler

July 22nd, 2010
5:54 pm

Keep it up Ga Values! If this list was nothing but Democrats, no one would be complaining.

Maybe I should run as a write in candidate. Seems no one on the right believes an education is important to be Guv’nah!

Jobu

July 22nd, 2010
5:56 pm

Let’s see, Ms Handel. If you take two independently populated computer files — say, GA DOT and Social Security — and match them on name, the unique individual on both files might not have spelled their name identically and not match. A MIDDLE SCHOOL student knows this (you do have THAT degree, correct?). So when you challenged voters who didn’t match, you were either (1) Totally ignorant and incompetent; or (2) deliberately making it hard for old and poor people to re-establish their right to vote. Either way, you are a disgrace.

whatever

July 22nd, 2010
5:57 pm

@ROTTEN DEAL
Let us not forget that Mr. Deal was only ONE of the members of congress…….I doubt that our national debt lies soley on his shoulders.
Also, Mr. Deal and his business partner had a contract with the state for 20+ years……Why is it that when he decided to run for Governor, suddenly this “contract” as you all like to call it, makes him corrupt?? This business has been listed and turned in to this state and federal government on Deals records since the day it was opened…….hmmmmmm………

The OCE report CLEARLY states that their findings are INCONCLUSIVE.

Rotten Deal

July 22nd, 2010
5:57 pm

Gwinnett,

Plain has no allure for me either, but do you really want a guy who fled a 17 year career running up $8.8 trillion in debt in Washington to take over Georgia’s government?

Look who is supporting him – a bunch of career state pols and the turncoats with the same miserable voting record as Deal.

Deal is about as good a Republican as I am a space shuttle pilot.

Rotten Deal

July 22nd, 2010
6:00 pm

The OCE report clearly said they got little cooperation on the Georgia end of their investigation.

WHY did the Republicans on OCE vote to release the report if they did not feel there was good reason and it was politically motivated?

earl

July 22nd, 2010
6:06 pm

it’s time for ga. values to go away. it’s time ajc took action to stop this repeaded blog. enough is enough. and for the false accusations against deal…why don’t you spend some of your time seeking the truth about deal business ventue in georgia. how he was approached by several ga. officials to do something to stop roughly 18,000 totaled vehicles per year from being re-titled and put back on georgia highways without proper inspections. i’ll say it again…especially now that we are down to two repub candidates in the runoff …let’s stop all this and let handel and deal discuss and then debate the real issues of this campaign. ray mc is gone..so handel has no reason to not show up. and please ajc..make ga. values go away..he’s made his point.

whatever

July 22nd, 2010
6:07 pm

Oh….so the state of Georgia put up a fight?? Well guess what!?! That is where the problem started in the first place, with Bart Graham.

I know for a FACT that Mr. Deal, and his people were FULLY cooperative with the OCE and answered every question more than once.

Does it really matter that the report was released, being that it states that it is INCONCLUSIVE!!

Politico

July 22nd, 2010
6:11 pm

Who put out the “15 most corrupt congresspeople” list? CREW,
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. CREW is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting ethics and accountability in government and public life by targeting government officials — regardless of party affiliation — who sacrifice the common good to special interests. CREW advances its mission using a combination of research, litigation and media outreach. CREW employs the law as a tool to force officials to act ethically and lawfully and to bring unethical conduct to the public’s attention.

This group is legit and on the money. If it is “funded by the Democrats and supposed by Pelosi,” as Deal’s tool claims above, why does the list has eight Demosand seven Repubs? And why has a Georgia district continued to elect Deal, who slunk out of town before the Ethics Committee could issue its report on his corruption? Because they are ignorant and misinformed. They keep pulling the same lever every two years for the same crooks, a practice Georgia has to end.

Throw these rotten, corrupt bums out and get some leaders in there!

whatever

July 22nd, 2010
6:22 pm

@Politico…….Are you calling the fine people of the 9th district of Georgia ignorant?? I think not!

The fact of the matter is that Mr. Deal is NOT corrupt and is a fine and upstanding man who will make a FINE governor for this state.

jawga boy

July 22nd, 2010
6:24 pm

Ga Values….I just turned on this thing and I need to ax you a quarstion. Is it dark in there? I means, you obviously have you head stuck up yo ass and I wants to know, is it dark in there? You obviously don’t know Nathan Deal, you jus bleeve what yoo read in the AJC fishwrapper. Nathan is the most impeccable, integrity beyond reproach of anyone in the Govenor’s race, or any race. He changed parties when the DEM’s went way left….. and he stayed and voted against cram down health care fo’ he left to come home. He has THE MOST EXPERIENCE of any candidate running, and I’d trust him with my wife. But again, I needs to know, Is it dark in there?

outspoken1

July 22nd, 2010
6:25 pm

The way I see it…Karen needs to get a “Handel” on her competitor….lol…Oh Jesus, I kill me….
But really:
Karen needs to show she has balls of steal. If this happens I will vote for her.
No balls, NO VOTE!
NO KIDDING!

GaDMC

July 22nd, 2010
6:25 pm

Why do you need a list to see if someone is corrupt, if someone has been investigated and found to violated house ethics rules. That’s fact, I don’t need a list for that. How are you going to govern anything and try and tell millions of people of how they suppose to live their lives when you can’t get your own stuff together. I am sorry politics start to look more like who can lie the best and who can dish more dirt. Nothing is about whats right for the “majority” of people.

People wouldn’t need lists or any 3rd party reporting if you do proper research with reliable sources which is not Fox. That is why it is so important to focus on education! If you don’t understand, comprehend or know anything it is hard to make right choices and decisions. Bottomline.

Joe Christmas

July 22nd, 2010
6:27 pm

I am amazed at how much Handel is attacking Deal. I give a lot a credit to Deal for taking the high road and not using these same smear tactics. In the end Handel’s attacks and Deal’s graceful response will land Deal in the general versus Barnes.

jawga boy

July 22nd, 2010
6:28 pm

Karen can do a fine job too….. she can capably run the Fulton High PTA, but she cain’t run the State of Georgia. She be thin’ skinned and its going to take a tough hombre to get this state back running like it needs to. Nathan, he be the real deal.

Rotten Deal

July 22nd, 2010
6:30 pm

Let’s run down the list of Republican Party Principles and Deal’s adherence to them.

* Fiscal responsibility – Spent $trillions for unfunded war and unfunded Medicare D. Despite keeping war off-budget still ran $hundreds of billions in deficits.

* Reduced Social Programs – voted for the biggest new social program in 40 years, Medicare D ($18 trillion unfunded cost per national debt clock)

* Government best when closest to the people – Voted for No Child Left Behind that put control over education in Washington, DC.

* Immigration – Whatever Deal was doing that 17 years did nothing as his district was overrun with illegals.

* Jobs Creation – Voted for Trade Deals that cost American Jobs.

* Financial Responsibility – Voted to exempt toxic assets from state gambling laws, which enabled 401k, pension and mutual fund plans to buy $trillions in worthless investments.

* Maintaining laws that work – voted to repeal Glass – Stegall, a law that protected America for 65 years, which enabled Wall Street to loot America.

Dave

July 22nd, 2010
6:34 pm

Come on people, take a shot a Roy. He’s sitting back and smiling. That said, I’ll be holding my nose and voting for him. Deal is dishonest and Handel, though probably fairly honest, has a bit of a problem with the truth if it gets in the way of pandering the Republican base. Either is a perfect Governor for people that hate gays, Hispanics and others that don’t mirror the Republican base’s lifestyle. Whichever wins, it will be interesting to see the leftward shift in what they say to try to capture the middle ground vote. And Roy will shift even more to the right now that he’s looking for the same voter. Look for Washington bashing from both sides, the only thing it is good for is borrowing money to balance our state government, without raising taxes.

More of the same, whichever way the wise electorate goes.

Dave

July 22nd, 2010
6:36 pm

Darn, that should be “our state govenment budget.”

Andrew

July 22nd, 2010
6:38 pm

Thanks for the reminder to give Governor Barnes more money. Right now. Between Deal’s ethics and Handel’s bigoted comments, there is a very clear choice for me.

jawga boy

July 22nd, 2010
6:39 pm

Rotton Deal…… you obviously a democrack….have you looked at Nathan’s voting record in the house? You might try dealing with the fax ( facts ) stead o’ hip shootin’. Doomas.

leslie22h

July 22nd, 2010
6:40 pm

Gwinnett: Along with Rotten Deal, Palin has no political allure to me either. I would not vote for her if she was running for national office. She quit her job because she couldn’t stand the heat of being under the national media’s microscope. Had she tuned the media out and finished her term as Alaska’s governor, I might be singing a different tune now. But… if her endorsement helps lure undecided voters towards electing Karen Handel, then I’m all in favor. I met Karen Handel by chance in Gainesville last fall (Nathan Deal’s backyard), and I found her to be very likeable and open as she chatted with my wife and me. She was obviously busy, but still took the time to talk with us. Turns out that Deal was in town that same weekend and I had hoped to meet him as well after a ceremony at Riverside Military Academy. However, he never made himself available to meet commoners like me. I was a little disappointed and – naive as it may sound – that ultimately steered my vote to Karen. As for Sarah Palin’s involvement, maybe her backing of Handel will steer some female Democrat votes away from Barnes.

Gwinnett

July 22nd, 2010
6:41 pm

Screw the republicans.

Roy Barnes can be a moderate. He will actually sign a law that is similar to the Arizonia Immigration Laws. Unfortunately, there are a lot of illegals in the state of GA.

Soultion to the Unemployment problem, get rid of those illegals.

Follow the damn law, or pay hell.

jawga boy

July 22nd, 2010
6:43 pm

Dave, you make a point bout’ ole Roy. But first things first. We all know ole’ Roy and Mayree are sittin’ up just waitin’, but I’m jus saying, Roy talking a new game, but he’s walking the same “My Way” tune. Dem teachers and dem folk that remember the Flag ( Hell No We Won’t Fergit ) gone be there in Novemba…. to welcome ole Roy and Mayree back! I’m jus sayin’.

Gwinnett

July 22nd, 2010
6:44 pm

That’s right.

People need to suck up their pride and take a low position if they need a job. Illegals do not have rights. Unemployed Americans, of all races, need to take those positions up by those who got here illegals.

Dave

July 22nd, 2010
6:45 pm

Gwinnett, we are going to vote for the same guy for diametrically opposed reasons! What a country.

jawga boy

July 22nd, 2010
6:47 pm

Gwinnett…. you wrong bwyie…. ole roy and Mayree ain’t gonna take no position on nuttin’, particularly Immigration…. they want all the votes they can get….hispanic too. Nathan Deal will take a position, because he’s INFORMED at the FEDERAL LEVEL what is not being done and what should be. Roy’s going to wait, then take a middle ground… he just wants to get “lected” then he’ll do it his way, like he did last time ( as one term Guvnuh)

Lester Maddox

July 22nd, 2010
6:48 pm

With a Handel election we will have a Georgia governor for the first time in 40 years without a college degree. The last one was Lester Maddox- real good company for Handel. I question the whole Handel story- she is so accomplished and successful but could not find time over the past 30+/- years to finish out a college degree? There are many ways to do it- night classes, part time, on-line, etc.

Second, Handel claims Deal is a career politician? Handel was born in Washington DC and spent her years before coming to Georgia in the DC area. She worked for VP Quayle’s wife in DC. Then I suspect she did like many in Washington and moved from the administration to lobbying jobs with KPMG, etc. I don’t believe these private sector jobs were “executive” positions as indicated in her Wikipedia page but likely played off political connections. Then she moved to Georgia for a non-profit Chamber of Commerce job and then back into government. Other than a couple of private sector lobbying jobs it seems to me that Handel has spent her career in the non-profit and government sector.

Third, I could care less what Sarah Palin or Mitt Romney think. To my knowledge neither of them has spent any amount of time in Georgia and I don’t think they have any real relationship with Handel. Palin blew her credibility with me when she walked on her four year term in Alaska and Romney, while I am impressed with his work with Scott Brown in Massachusetts, I am not impressed that he passed and signed his version of Obama Care in MA. Further, I think Romney is just paying back a political favor because I believe Handel supported Romney for President. Same with the Arizona Governor- does she really know Handel or did someone just call for a favor? Although many will be swayed by the endoresements, in my opinion, don’t airmail in endorsements from out of state folks you barely know.

Fourth, does Handel have any children? I am not sure. I like candidates who have a family. Some can’t have kids but adopt. Don’t know her situation so its a question. We have or will have at least a couple of US Supreme Court Justices who have no children. I think sometimes its hard to understand some of the cases when you have never had to raise kids, deal with schools, etc. I think having kids broadens your experiences and gives a new perspective.

Overall, I think Handel is obviously very adept at networking and playing the system for her advancement and will probably get elected but I wish we had a better candidate. I think she will bring the very political Washington style of politics to the Governor’s office. Kind of like a Roy Barnes as a Republican.

Since I live in North Fulton I should look at the bright side- hopefully she can pull the strings to get Milton County going.

Dave

July 22nd, 2010
6:51 pm

jawga boy, Roy’s gonna screw the teachers and the flag people on both sides but talk has the teachers and those on the left side of the flag equation in his pocket. He will play it down the middle on social issues, giving lip service to the right side, and there isn’t any money for any special interest spending be it teachers or otherwise, no matter what he says.

No Deal

July 22nd, 2010
6:56 pm

Of course they’re out of money. They spent all of it with the printers, and the robot calls.

I wonder what would happen if a candidate DONATED ALL CAMPAIGN DONATIONS TO THEIR CONSTITUENT REGION TAX COFFERS, INSTEAD? The printers wouldn’t be happy, maybe.

Oh, well, it’s a thought.

Rotten Deal

July 22nd, 2010
6:59 pm

Jawga,

I gave enough money to the GOP to choke a horse, but the party has a decision to make – return to principles or die.

This is what the Tea Party movement is about.

Good going, you couldn’t refute my points or defend Deal, so you call names.

Blue Fox

July 22nd, 2010
7:01 pm

The more I listen to King Roy, the more I see and hear ole’ Hummin’ Talmadge reincarnated . . .

Gwinnett

July 22nd, 2010
7:01 pm

It’s going to be

Handel vs. Barnes

End of story.

curious

July 22nd, 2010
7:01 pm

Handel worked for the Qualye’s? Before the runoff, let’s ask her to spell potato. Maybe, she’s trying to hide her former role as Dan’s spelling tutor.

Lester Maddox

July 22nd, 2010
7:05 pm

Curious, sorry for the spelling but I’m Lester Maddox-no college degree same as Handel. Check me out on Wikipedia.

bob

July 22nd, 2010
7:05 pm

the Fat old lady or the crook?