Your morning jolt: On TV, Karen Handel hits Nathan Deal as ‘a corrupt relic of Washington’

Republican candidate for governor Karen Handel makes use of Sarah Palin’s endorsement in her first TV ad in the Republican runoff for government – which also condemns rival Nathan Deal as “a corrupt relic of Washington D.C.”

“One carries a purse, the other carries baggage,” the 30-second ad begins.

The TV spot follows on the heels of an AJC report of federal grand jury interest in a meeting called by Deal in the hope of preserving his business with the state.

Handel spokesman Dan McLagan says the ad is targeted at metro Atlanta, and describes the airtime buy as “big.”

The script:

Male voiceover: One carries a purse. The other carries baggage.

One whom Sarah Palin says has cut government, and is the true conservative.

Or the other, who added trillions to our national debt.

One a conservative reformer. One a corrupt relic of Washington D.C.

Karen Handel is Georgia’s strong conservative. Impeccable integrity. Our thrilling, vibrant future. Karen Handel. Bring it on.

The ad by Fred Davis incorporates the black, white and red tones of Handel’s single “Lipstick” ad in the GOP primary.

It’s also the first major use that Handel’s been able to make of the Palin endorsement – which arrived late in the primary, after the former secretary of state’s slim finances had already been committed.

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From the other side of the aisle, Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor Carol Porter is attempting to draft behind Handel and her attacks on Deal.

The following appeared on Porter’s Facebook page on Wednesday:

My short-version:) assessment of the corruption story: The incumbent Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle (against whom I am running) and Nathan Deal brought Bart… Graham, the Revenue Commissioner into the office of the Lt. Gov. (that is your… office by the way) to allegedly strong-arm him into stopping Graham’s efforts to privatize the DOR inspections which would have quite possibly slowed Nathan’s 1.5 million of no bid state money for his company.

Graham thought his ideas would save the taxpayers’ money. Cagle and Deal allegedly didn’t like Graham’s suggestion. Somehow, in the Senate, over which Cagle presides and is the President, the money in question got put back in the budget again.

Deal says he sent an email asking Cagle not to do it. He did. The little fact he keeps leaving out? It was an hour after the vote had been taken, :) Really. They thought we wouldn’t check? By the way, Nathan Deal has used some of his funds to donate to Cagle.

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Officially, National Girlfriends Day isn’t until Sunday. That said, it is always a good time to review Political Rule No. 525b: “Anything that two consenting adults do in private, without witnesses, can be explained away as something innocent and misunderstood. Unless the lights are out.”

From my AJC colleague Cameron McWhirter:

State Sen. Preston Smith, a Republican candidate for attorney general, had an extramarital affair with a woman whom he hired to work in his Senate office in 2003 and 2004, according to transcripts of Smith’s testimony in his 2009 divorce….

Atlanta attorney Charles Medlin, who represented Michelle Smith in the divorce,… said Smith’s wife discovered the relationship when she arrived as his state senate campaign headquarters one night. She found Smith’s car in the lot, but all the lights were out in the office. She went inside, turned on the lights and discovered Smith and the woman.

“I don’t know what possible campaign work a politician could be doing in the dark,” Medlin said.

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But pillowtalk isn’t the only thing happening around Smith, a state senator from Rome. For years, Smith was chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and opposed a House GOP effort to allow the death penalty to be imposed without the unanimous consent of a jury.

Austin Rhodes, a conservative talk show host in Augusta on WGAC (580AM) has published a letter from Barry Fleming, legal counsel to the House, to Sam Olens, Smith’s Republican runoff rival:

Sam,

It was House bill 185 in the 2007-2008 session. It passed the House in 2007. When the bill passed the House it went to the Senate requiring a 10-2 vote of the jury in favor of the death penalty to allow the judge to then decide to impose the death penalty. (The bill was introduced requiring a 9-3 in order to give the judge the option of applying the death penalty but was amended to 10-2 in the legislative process.) The bill always required a separate 12-0 vote on guilt first.

When the bill passed over to the Senate side Preston Smith killed the bill in his committee. He was chairman of the judiciary committee. (He intentionally waited until the Republicans senators left the committee room to go to other meetings in the last few hectic days of the session, and then called for a vote on the bill while democrats held a majority on the committee. The dems voted against it.

Most of this was caught on tape by GPTV and witnessed by a large number of DA’s across the state who had come to beg him to pass the bill.)

A version of House bill 185 passed again in the House in 2008 attached to Senate bill 145. This time Smith went to the well of the Senate when the bill came back across to his chamber and lead the effort to strip the death penalty language out of the bill and killed it again.

This morning, Smith said at the Columbia County GOP breakfast that the reason he killed the bill was because it would have “harmed the death penalty.” This is hogwash because other states have similar laws that have been upheld as constitutional (for example Florida only requires a majority vote of 7-5).

Also, if Smith thought the bill needed to be adjusted in any way he could have simply and easily made any changes he thought necessary in his committee, since he was chairman of the Senate Judiciary committee and that is where the bill was assigned.

DA Danny Porter in Gwinnett County had the poster case for why the bill was needed. Two thugs hijacked a car with a young mother and baby daughter in the car. The baby was in a car seat. They shot the mother in the head but did not kill her. Then in front of the mother they shot the baby girl to death. Then they put the mother with the little girl in the trunk of the car and set them on fire.

Twelve jurors who were selected all said that if the facts warranted, they would apply the death penalty. After the trial where the jury deadlocked on the death penalty with only about two voting against it, one of those two admitted after the case was over that they never would have voted for the death penalty under any circumstances.

In other words, they should have told the truth and been excused before they got on the jury. There were between 15-20 other example cases like this the DA Association put together for me to use to help get the bill passed…

Of course, we all know of the Brian Nichols case. Four dead (two officers, a judge and court reporter) and another deputy beat until she is now mentally impaired.

Barry Fleming

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The Macon Telegraph, by the way, this morning says the final words over the third GOP candidate in the race for attorney general:

Macon native Max Wood won’t get a chance to request a recount in his failed bid for the Republican nomination for state attorney general.

Wood, a former U.S. attorney, narrowly trailed second-place finisher Preston Smith by a margin of 1.1 percent (6,589 votes) after state election officials certified the vote Wednesday.

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102 comments Add your comment

SpaceyG

July 29th, 2010
9:30 am

“Corrupt relic.” I like it!

Zaza Pachulia

July 29th, 2010
9:36 am

The Karen ads are not very good.

????

July 29th, 2010
9:39 am

Saw Deal on TV last night spinning the fact that the feds are looking at his corruption, he is a joke, a joke that Georgia does not need..

NATHAN DEAL TOO CORRUPT FOR GEORGIA

Allie Foster

July 29th, 2010
9:40 am

Karen Handel is a liar and a joke. No expereince, a RINO. Anyone backed by Sarah Palin WILL NOT GET MY VOTE!!!! Superficial and lacking in integrity. Obviously, the only message she has is negative, as demonstrated by her ad! Glad to see the AJC continues is bias.

Noo Corrupt Deal, Nooooo King Roy

July 29th, 2010
9:45 am

Where did Nathan Deal’s Millions come from? The Georgia Taxpayer, that’s what corruption is all about..

THE NAME SAYS IT ALL

Aquagirl

July 29th, 2010
9:47 am

I love Deal’s defense: “I haven’t personally received a subpoena,(yet) therefore this has nothing to do with me! (even after the ethics violation in the same matter.) ” What a tool.

Vote for this POS and you might as well go ahead and vote for Roy Barnes.

Go Ox

July 29th, 2010
9:54 am

Won’t it be funny when Deal goes to jail and the Ox gets off Scott free. For Deal losing the election could be winning the rest of his life.

Jerry Mandering

July 29th, 2010
9:54 am

Cobb County just elected a professional birthday party planner to the school board. Do we want a governor who was social planner for Marilyn Quayle? The party possibilities look good but not governance.

The Dog ate my home work

July 29th, 2010
10:03 am

The only excuse the Raw Deal hasn’t used to cober his corruption is, you guessed it, the dog ate my corruption.

The Dog ate my home work

July 29th, 2010
10:04 am

The only excuse the Raw Deal has not used to cover his corruption is, you guessed it, the dog ate my corruption.

Rural Education

July 29th, 2010
10:05 am

You people do realize that if Handel is elected Georgia will be the only state in the nation whose chief executive has only a high school diploma. Some of you think this doesn’t matter but you are kidding yourselves. We are laughed at now, just wait until Handel becomes gov.

BeyondTheRhetoric

July 29th, 2010
10:06 am

Karen Handel’s mantra during the campaign, “I am the only candidate in this race without ethics problems” and her statement today calling Deal “a corrupt relic of Washington D.C.” makes Handel the “Queen of all Hypocrites”. Handel now has four ethics complaints against her, read below:

Peach Pundit – Handel Ethics Probe
July 12, 2010 22:23 pm
by Ron Daniels • 13 comments

No, it’s not a probe that Karen uses to find ethical problems. Here’s the gist:

The state Ethics Commission is investigating three complaints filed against former secretary of state Karen Handel alleging she repeatedly accepted campaign contributions exceeding the $6,100 limit for a single election.

To their credit, the Handel team indicates the questioned funds were refunded prior to the complaint being filed and cite an accounting error. Some are trying to assert that this lumps Mrs. Handel in with Oxendine in terms of funding – but this astute intern posits that it is more akin to Eric Johnson’s unreported earnings. That too was cited as an accounting error…..
(Article Continues).

AJC – Karen Handel hit with ethic complaint alleging $13k in illegal payments to staffers
11:36 am July 27, 2010, by Jim Galloway

Political blogger Bill Simon has filed a complaint against Republican candidate for governor Karen Handel with the State Ethics Commission, alleging that she illegally paid $13,200 to advisors of her gubernatorial campaign with money raised as a candidate for secretary of state.

Read the entire complaint here, but here’s the heart of the allegation:

Because Karen Handel did not wish to announce her candidacy for governor until after the 2009 Session of the Georgia General Assembly (as per Steve Handel’s December 12, 2008 e-mail), and because she could not raise money for governor until after she registered her campaign committee, she had no funds in which to pay any consultant or staff to work on her campaign for governor.

So, she unlawfully used funds from her Secretary of State’s account to finance the first 3 months of her campaign for governor.

Actually, Handel announced her campaign for governor in January 2009, during an impromptu session with reporters on the eve of that year’s legislative session.
(Article Continues)

Hypocrisy at its best can be seen on Handel’s website which touts: “In 2003, when the Chairman of the Fulton County Board of Commissioners unexpectedly resigned early in his second term, state Republican leaders encouraged Karen to run to fill the remainder of his term.” ” She also made ethics reform a cornerstone of her agenda and passed the most stringent ethics laws of any local government in Georgia. Karen also received national recognition for uncovering corruption that led to the removal of Fulton County Sheriff Jackie Barrett.”

I find it interesting that Handel had this commercial in the can, waiting for yesterdays report on the Deal investigation. But then, the political playbook says ‘if you can’t win on the issues, go negative’………

Mustang Sally

July 29th, 2010
10:06 am

Why is it you republicans keep sending us crooks. On this you can simply swap the faces.

Karen “Mustang Sally” Handel has a fictitious resume. Wonder why such short terms as an “Executive” ? Wonder what really happened at the Chamber? . Are you really interested what happened in Rockville, MD?

Vote Barnes! An honest governor who didn’t make up his resume and buys his own liquor not shack up with it.

We’ll Bring It On August 11.

Chacha Chang. All I wanna do is ride around Sally, ride Sally ride.

Karen "phoney resume" Handel

July 29th, 2010
10:11 am

It’s funny how so many people are suckered by Karen Handel.

WILL KAREN HANDEL PRODUCE HER “EXECUTIVE” CREDENTIALS?

Ever wonder how a high school graduate achieves “executive” status at KPMG, an international accounting firm? How does a high school graduate pass all the MBAs and CPAs?????

Could it be that Ms. Handel has puffed up her resume just a little and gotten by with it? GREED is GOOD!

TRUTH

July 29th, 2010
10:11 am

Where is Georgia Values when we need him?

Karen "phoney resume" Handel

July 29th, 2010
10:11 am

Can Karen Handel produce her High School Diploma? ———NOPE———

????

July 29th, 2010
10:12 am

Charley Ringel and Nathen Deal are both college educated and just as corrupt.

Karen "phoney resume" Handel

July 29th, 2010
10:13 am

Hey Karen, let’s see your “high school” transcript. Any educational achievements in college? Oh hey, what’s with the shacking up with the liquor store owner in Maryland?

Bubba

July 29th, 2010
10:14 am

Preston, Preston, Preston.

It’s bad enough to have sex with a college intern while your wife is at home taking care of the four kids. But to then run for office as the paragon of Christian family values, assuming that you can escape the truth coming out, even though it’s been well known in Rome and at the Capitol for years, reveals pathologically delusional hubris and desperate megalomania in your character. We don’t need an Attorney General with such poor judgment and character.

Karen "phoney resume" Handel

July 29th, 2010
10:14 am

Beauty School Drop Out, Go Back To High School…..

BABY SAY

July 29th, 2010
10:14 am

BABY SAY ROI. STEEL SAY ROI. KASEY BE LITE GUV. KEMP BE SEC. OF ST. ROI BE GUV. HOUS AN SINUT BE GOP. BABY SAY…….

Karen "phoney resume" Handel

July 29th, 2010
10:15 am

“”"”pathologically delusional hubris and desperate megalomania in your character. “”"” He’s got to be talking about Karen “Mustang Sally” Handel…..

Billy Joe Poteet

July 29th, 2010
10:16 am

@Rural Education
“You people do realize that if Handel is elected Georgia will be the only state in the nation whose chief executive has only a high school diploma.”

I have seen this sentiment several times in the past few days – worded EXACTLY the
same way. Is this a “talking point” handed out by some organization? Perhaps it comes from a teachers’ group?

Karen "phoney resume" Handel

July 29th, 2010
10:16 am

The Board of Elections should give Karen Handel an aptitude test, without her husband Stevie standing by to whisper the answers.

Exasperated

July 29th, 2010
10:17 am

Karen Handel has a GED. Enough said.

Karen "phoney resume" Handel

July 29th, 2010
10:19 am

Karen “NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND, WE DON’T NEED NO EDUCATION” Handel will make Georgia the ONLY state with an uneducated governor. woohoo we don’t need no education…..

Dick in Gainesville

July 29th, 2010
10:19 am

Well the Feds have finally what all of Hall County boys have known for a long time Nathan Deal is a crook, they are about to find out that Nathan & Casey are both owned by the Hall County machine. God help Georgia if Deal becomes Governor.

Karen "phoney resume" Handel

July 29th, 2010
10:20 am

We don’t need no education….. All in all we’re just another brick in the wall.

????

July 29th, 2010
10:21 am

Does Georgia want a Honest Woman or a Corrupt Washington Insider like Deal for our Governor?

Rural Education

July 29th, 2010
10:21 am

No Billy Joel, it is just a fact. The woman has no formal education and that is not acceptable in this day and age for someone aspiring to hold this office. We are not in the 1800’s anymore. Now your next line of defense will be “neither do Bill Gates or Warren Buffett” Handel is not in their league.

AJC was scared of Max Wood

July 29th, 2010
10:26 am

Funny how this AJC article about Preston Smith came out barely more than a week after the primary. People have been talking for months about Preston’s affair and the divorce records that prove it. It seems pretty obvious to me that the AJC held off on this story to prevent Max Wood from getting into a runoff. He’s just too conservative for the liberal rag. Now, with Olens’ help, word about Preston gets out and Georgia gets a Cobb County bureaucrat wanna-be-governor for AG. Or maybe we just get Hodges. Great choices. Thanks AJC!

Ga Values

July 29th, 2010
10:27 am

TRUTH

July 29th, 2010
10:11 am

You want The 15 Most Corrupt Washington Congressmen. If Deal hadn’t resigned it could be him rather than Rangel on trial today.

8 Democrats & 7 Republicans on the most Corrupt.and Nathan Deal is on the list

**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)

Just Say No

July 29th, 2010
10:27 am

Anyone who gets endorsed by Palin will never get my vote. Ever. Palin is nothing more than a demagogue who will only endorse people who are kiddie pool shallow as she is.

Bubba

July 29th, 2010
10:31 am

Preston is toast.

????

July 29th, 2010
10:33 am

Why are the Deal blogers down on Sara Palin? I think she is a CONSERVATIVE Hero. Oh I forgot REAL Conservatives are HONEST

Billy Joe Poteet

July 29th, 2010
10:33 am

@Rural Education

“that is not acceptable in this day and age for someone aspiring to hold this office.”

That is your opinion and you are entitled to it, but let’s quit beating this horse. The horse has been dead a long time. I think we probably have pretty much the same people here day in and day out, and everyone has read this about a thousand times.

Bubba

July 29th, 2010
10:34 am

Prediction: If Deal wins the runoff, he will be indicted before November and Barnes will be back in the Governor’s office for the next 8 years. If Handel wins the runoff, she will squeak by and provide the 3rd and 4th Perdue terms.

So which is the lesser evil, folks?

luke

July 29th, 2010
10:34 am

NO DEAL FOR SURE HE WILL STEEL FROM STATE AS ALWAYS NO DEAL HANDEL FOR SURE .

luke

July 29th, 2010
10:34 am

NO DEAL FOR SURE HE WILL STEEL FROM STATE AS ALWAYS NO DEAL HANDEL FOR SURE .

East Lake Ira

July 29th, 2010
10:37 am

Elect Nathan so we can impeach him.

Please?

????

July 29th, 2010
10:42 am

My Wife & I are going up to Athens for lunch & a little shopping.. You Deal boys keep up your work of trying to make Raw Deal sound honest. Like @Bubba 10:34, we will have an indictment before November.

Good ol Gal

July 29th, 2010
10:50 am

The turning wheels are starting to loosen up the dirt on the road. Wont be long til the dirt starts to fly. Roy has found him a high spot on the side of the road- taking it all in and enjoying the show.

Exasperated

July 29th, 2010
10:50 am

To Rural Education…Bill Gates dropped out of Harvard to start what would become one of the most successful companies in the history of the world. Warren Buffett began his career at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvanian, transferred and finished his undergrad degree at Nebraska, then got his MBA from Columbia Business School. Get your facts straight.

Karen Handel is a hillbilly with no education to speak of. But something tells me the rednecks of this state will ensure national embarrassment is heaped upon the state of Georgia because Sarah Palin tells them that Handel is a “common sense conservative.”

Athens Voter

July 29th, 2010
10:50 am

Handel is an abortion supporting, homosexual loving barren high school dropout.

Aquagirl

July 29th, 2010
10:51 am

I’d rather have a Governor with a High School education than a Governor with a criminal record. Deal already has substantiated charges of stealing from TAXPAYERS, and is headed down the legal path. What a great picture: our new Governor sticking his hand through the iron bars for the swearing-in.

Karen Handel’s girl cooties upset our knuckle-draggers. What a surprise.

leo

July 29th, 2010
10:52 am

Well, of course he is. However, because he is corrupt, we will elect him as Governor. We get what we deserve.

Just a taxpayer

July 29th, 2010
11:03 am

So according to the House Counsel, Barry Fleming, anyone who does not believe in the death penalty should be excused from a death penalty trial, if the DA believes it necessary. While I think Preston Smith is a hippocrite, his stance on this law is on the money.

songbird

July 29th, 2010
11:03 am

Why can’t we get some decent candidates for public office in this sorry state. The Repubs have no one to offer with any credibility. I will have no choice but to vote for Barnes in November. He’s definitely the lesser of evils in this race.

Oh Well

July 29th, 2010
11:03 am

@Exasperated “But something tells me the rednecks of this state will ensure national embarrassment is heaped upon the state of Georgia because Sarah Palin tells them that Handel is a “common sense conservative.”

sad…but true…

droopydawg

July 29th, 2010
11:19 am

BeyondtheRhetoric = paid Deal blogger

I’m not a fan of Handel, but Deal is most certainly ‘a corrupt relic of Washington’