The real Republican runoff: Sarah Palin vs. the Georgia General Assembly

With Karen Handel’s big news, the story line of the GOP runoff for governor finally becomes clear.

Only on the Aug. 10 ballot will the contest pit the former secretary of state against former congressman Nathan Deal.

Everywhere else, it will be Sarah Palin vs. the Georgia General Assembly.

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. Associated Press

From my AJC colleague Aaron Gould Sheinin:

 

Handel’s campaign said the details are still being worked out but that Palin would hold an event from noon to 1 p.m. somewhere in the “north metro area, most likely,” spokesman Dan McLagan said.

Palin’s endorsement on July 12 helped elevate Handel to the top spot in the July 20 runoff. Now, she and former U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal will face off on Aug. 10 for the GOP nomination.

“I’m coming to Georgia to campaign with my friend Karen because it is absolutely critical that Georgians nominate an ethical leader and a true conservative to take the fight to Roy Barnes in November,” Palin said in a statement released by Handel’s campaign.

House Speaker David Ralston. Johnny Crawford, jcrawford@ajc.com

House Speaker David Ralston. Johnny Crawford, jcrawford@ajc.com

“Karen Handel is a strong, pro-life leader who isn’t afraid to take on the status quo and do the right thing. She will be the 21st century governor Georgia needs to tenaciously address the state’s challenges.”

On Thursday, the Deal campaign showed that it had the endorsement of the vast majority of the Senate Republican caucus.

A similar display of support from House Republicans has been put off until next week – but it’s there. Look for House Speaker David Ralston to be at the top. He took office just seven months ago — as a reformer.

Said Deal spokesman Brian Robinson:

“The people who know Karen Handel – the overwhelming, eye-popping, vast majority of Republican state legislators – have endorsed Nathan Deal.

“The people who know Nathan Deal – like Speaker Newt Gingrich and Speaker David Ralston and Senate President Pro Tem Tommie Williams – have endorsed Nathan Deal.

“The people who don’t know Karen Handel have endorsed Karen Handel. We have to give them the benefit of the doubt. They live far away. Maybe they just didn’t know the truth about her liberal record and her efforts to cover it up.”

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142 comments Add your comment

Sam

July 30th, 2010
2:09 pm

So . . . if you like the way the General Assembly is run, vote for Deal as the status quo guy. And if you think the General Assembly needs an ethics overhaul, vote for Handel. Simple enough.

Athens Voter

July 30th, 2010
2:16 pm

Paulin is a cappetbagger and probadly related to General Sherman.

Just Peachy

July 30th, 2010
2:16 pm

You got it Sam!!! The General assembly is scared to death of Karen’s ethic’s refortm. Bring it on GA!!!!!!!

SpaceyG

July 30th, 2010
2:23 pm

Oh good grief. Georgia’s white men are almost as notoriously stubborn as their South Carolina counterparts. Almost. Like this’ll stop ‘em from behaving like, er, southerners. Nothing has yet.

Real Deal Steal

July 30th, 2010
2:28 pm

I wonder how many of the legislators that have endorsed Deal will want a photo-op with former Gov. Palin

SpaceyG

July 30th, 2010
2:29 pm

Athens Voter – LMAO! That just made my Quote Du Jour: “Palin is a cappetbagger and probadly related to General Sherman.” Gonna go Tweet it now. Look for it here:
http://twitter.com/SpaceyG

????

July 30th, 2010
2:29 pm

Bet there are about 60 members of the Georgia Legislature that want their endorsement back.. RIGHT NOW.

SamF

July 30th, 2010
2:29 pm

sure would be nice to hear about the issues facing GA……I will decide based on where they stand on issues and how strong they are to get them done!

SpaceyG

July 30th, 2010
2:34 pm

Also Athens Voter… I took the liberty of correcting your atrocious spelling in my tweeting of your quote.

Legend of Len Barker

July 30th, 2010
2:36 pm

We need more mudslinging. The runoff has had sparks of promise here and there, but overall it’s been weak.

If we’re going to have questionable politicians running for office, they should at least be as interesting as Eugene Talmadge. Even Ernest Vandiver was more entertaining.

Noo Corrupt Deal Nooooo King Roy

July 30th, 2010
2:40 pm

Music to my ears

“I’m coming to Georgia to campaign with my friend Karen because it is absolutely critical that Georgians nominate an ethical leader and a true conservative to take the fight to Roy Barnes in November,” Palin said in a statement released by Handel’s campaign.

Snake

July 30th, 2010
2:40 pm

I wonder how many of the people filing these posts have ever actually beeen inside the Capitol, or sat through General Assembly sessions?

samiam

July 30th, 2010
2:44 pm

Think about this.You must have a license to fish but you don’t to vote.In this election that’s probably a good thing………..

Rural Education

July 30th, 2010
2:44 pm

How truly sad is this state if Palin matters?

Diehard

July 30th, 2010
2:45 pm

So which came first, the Palin endorsement or the lipstick?

three jack

July 30th, 2010
2:46 pm

kind of like the inmates endorsing a warden who ignores their illegal activities while incarcerated.

this is the group that voted for a huge tax increase after weeding out a number of unethical members during the last session. and it’s supposed to be newsworthy that these faux conservatives would support another faux conservative like deal?

Calvin B.

July 30th, 2010
2:47 pm

At least you guys are not running away from her unlike Kill Joy Roy.

Rick Patel

July 30th, 2010
2:55 pm

Go, Karen. We need more Mama Grizzlies, and fewer good ole boys.Sarah Palin is sensational!

Fred

July 30th, 2010
3:06 pm

Enter your comments here

Lynn43

July 30th, 2010
3:09 pm

I like Handel but can’t vote republican. She would do so much better if Palin would keep her mouth shut and stay in her part of the woods and care for her children. Women should have a career or have the ability to have one in case they need to be the “bread winner”, but Palin, running all over the country, has abandoned her responsibilities to be a parent.

Jon Lester

July 30th, 2010
3:10 pm

From the things Newt has been saying in recent weeks, I think his endorsement is not something to be proud of.

frugal voter

July 30th, 2010
3:12 pm

Deal is a sleaze. So his sleaze buddys in the Senate endorsed him. Those Senators are in for a bad time when Karen becomes Governor.

Aquagirl

July 30th, 2010
3:14 pm

That thundering sound you hear is a buncha fat white legislator guys runnin’ for them thar hills.

Fred

July 30th, 2010
3:22 pm

I don’t think Karen’s ethics are scaring too many people when her campaign finance chair is arguably the most powerful Republican lobbyist in the state. I think the folks under the Dome simply have had much more exposure to Karen in a work setting than most other people in the state and they are supporting Nathan en masse. They know that Nathan is better suited to lead the state. No knock on Karen, but Nathan is simply the most qualified person, as evidenced by the endorsement of the the bulk of our congressional delegation and our state senators and house members. At the end of the day, who really knows more about Karen – someone who flies in from Alaska to try to increase her presidential chances in 2012 or the people who actually live in Georgia and represent the people of Georgia. No offense to Ms. Palin, but I’ll go with the people closer to the scene than someone from 3,000 miles away.

IggyDad

July 30th, 2010
3:26 pm

Palin is toxic to any candidate in a general election.
You go girl!!!

Bubba

July 30th, 2010
3:26 pm

I think I’ll vote for Handel as the slightly lesser evil, in spite of and certainly not because of the Palin endorsement.

South Georgian

July 30th, 2010
3:38 pm

So how many of you know any information about any of the candidates (other than what you’ve heard other people say) and what their records are in government and what their views are on the issues. And why would any person with a sound mind, vote for any candidate that Sara Palin has endorsed? Georgians need to review the records of those running, read anything you can find and make up your own minds. That’s part of the problem, listening to what someone else says is good for this state or not good and they have no vested interest other than to be seen.

Skram30082

July 30th, 2010
3:45 pm

@SpaceyG –

I think Athens Voter coined a new word. “Probadly” means “probably very bad”. Saves letters, you know? And besides, if Sarah can make up words, why not everybody else?

checktothepower

July 30th, 2010
3:53 pm

The goods ole boys in the Ga Legislature see trouble coming.This is not about Palin it’s about Karen Handel getting run over by a bunch or corrupt politicians.
Palin is the balance,you decide.

Common Sense

July 30th, 2010
3:53 pm

I want a governor who is not the “favorite” of the assembly. I appreciate the assembly as much as the next person, but sometimes the good ole boys need someone to shake them up and keep them honest. That’s why I’m voting for Handel.

Billy Joe Poteet

July 30th, 2010
3:55 pm

Karen is my choice, and I appreciate Governor Palin taking the time to campaign for her.

Tyler Durden

July 30th, 2010
3:56 pm

Sarah has been so helpful to other candidates, like in NY.

Hopefully, whoever loses the GOP primary will immediately pursue an Independent bid, thus splitting the vote and giving Roy a chance.

Not that he’s an ideal Gov candidate (far from it, actually) but compared to Handel or Deal, he’s the best thing since sliced bread. They’ll just continue Puredoo’s policies, and look how well those turned out…

Concerned for Georgia

July 30th, 2010
4:02 pm

These message boards really concern me about the state of the voting public. I seriously can’t believe the ignorance. Do you really think that whomever is elected governor will have the slightest effect on ethics reform? How pray tell is a single man or woman w/ very little influence going to bend both chambers of the legislature to his or her will?

Not a single one of these goobernatorial candidates has that ability. Although Deal has served in the state legislature he has spent the last 18 years in Washington. If he is the next governor he will be beholden to the legislature. Karen on the other hand has never had any success with the legislature and a new office in the Capitol along with a mansion on W. Paces Ferry Rd. is not going to change that.

As for Barnes, he is the man who LOST to Sonny Purdue and the record of his administration speaks for itself. Lets just say that over 8 years there were zero “Sonny Days” in Georgia.

atlantadomer

July 30th, 2010
4:05 pm

Help us Eric Johnson, you’re our only hope… endorse Deal and solidify the south and coastal region. Come on folks. Sarah Palin is an idiot. Don’t all you Kool-Aid drinkers see what’s happening?

“She will be the 21st century governor Georgia needs to tenaciously address the state’s challenges.” If Barbie could name one of the State’s challenges besides employment (which is bad everywhere) and education (this is Georgia), I would vote for Handel. But she can’t because she has no clue.

People of this great State, make me proud. Don’t let some moron from “the outer reaches” (in more ways than one) tell you how to vote.

Unreal.

KING JACK

July 30th, 2010
4:10 pm

calvin b. WHAT IS THERE TO RUN FROM WHEN ROY WAS KING WE HAD IT GOOOOD. BUT TODAY !! THANKS TO sunny AND YOUR gop GEMERAL ASSEMBLE THINGS ARE NOT AS GOOD

khc

July 30th, 2010
4:11 pm

No DEAL

July 30th, 2010
4:12 pm

Nathan Deal has the backing of incumbent Crooked Scum Dogs at the national and State level who are just as bad or worse than he is and THAT is supposed to get us to vote for him. “The Good Old Boy” system is still alive and well in GA politics. Handel might be the Toothless Wonder’s (Perdue) puppet, but who knows……. maybe just maybe she will tell him to kiss her backside and turn this state around. Every politician is in it for the money as Deal, he would never try to make a dime on the taxpayers back. Ask Charles Walker, oh sorry, not sure which Federal Pen he is assigned to right now.

Local Babe

July 30th, 2010
4:16 pm

It’s Wascilla vs. Oscilla. I’m voting local.

dawggie stile

July 30th, 2010
4:20 pm

Big Daddy Deal has the Senators circling the wagon for someone. What does Bart think about it?

songbird

July 30th, 2010
4:29 pm

Roy is the only reasonable candidate to vote for this time. The Repubs have made everything in this state worse over the past 8 years. They had their turn and they flunked the test.

Fred

July 30th, 2010
4:33 pm

I don’t see how calling folks “The Good Old Boy System” and Crooked Scum Dogs, etc., serves any purpose in a reasoned debate. The simple fact is that the state has some serious challenges because of the economy, the water situation, education, transportation, etc., and addressing these problems is going to require a governor who can work well with the legislature. It is easy to call all of these folks, who are all elected with majorities from the districts they serve, scumbag good old boys, etc., but by doing so you are insulting every voter out there across the state who votes for their state senators or house members. I’m with Concerned For Georgia – bumper sticker slogans ain’t going to cut it. We need someone who has the trust and respct of the legislature so that they can work together in a constructive partnership to make the State better. If Karen can’t work with the legislature and insists on using legislators as a pinata for her campaign, how can she effectively govern? The state can’t afford to waste 4 years. Look, everyone has to do what they think is right for the state – I respect everyone’s right to vote as they chose – have at it. But if you think it is in the best interest of the state to have a governor who has beaten up on the men and women of the legislature as her campaign platform, well, I worry that we are going to have a tough next couple of years and not see any real progress.

Fake Conservative

July 30th, 2010
4:41 pm

Palin is a carpet bagger and nothing more. Who cares about her opinion? I’m glad she can see Russia form her backyard. She quit during her first term as Govenor so thats leadership we can count on.

Wheelin' and Dealin'

July 30th, 2010
4:43 pm

Fighting the status quo – hey, isn’t the status quo what we’ve had with Sonny and his ‘not gonna do’ list? Let’s see some ideas – and stop trying to manage other people’s morals and beliefs – that’s none of your business! No cute phrases and sound bites – show us some real change (oops, who ran on change on the national level…. never mind … guess it’s back to the fishin’ pond.)

Get Real No Deal

July 30th, 2010
4:57 pm

@Fred .. Deal’s idea of working with the Georgia Legislature is MORE NO BID CONTRACTS & MORE CORRUPTION…Time for a HONEST GOVERNOR not a CORRUPT WASHINGTON CROOK.

Bleckley County

July 30th, 2010
5:07 pm

First, what has Handel done in her career making her a “reformist”? Second, Sarah Palin knows nothing about Georgia polotics and has no business endorsing a candidate here. Third, Handel is Sonny’s hand picked successor but for some reason Sonny haters love Handel.

Billy Joe Poteet

July 30th, 2010
5:14 pm

@songbird

“Roy is the only reasonable candidate to vote for this time”

Yeah, if so many of your brain cells have died that it affected your memory. The only thing larger than his ego is his bank account, and his ego is growing daily.

gm

July 30th, 2010
5:16 pm

You people in Georgia can be this stupid, Palin has not had a job in what 2 years, making money and appearence off you dumb conservatives.

Let see she held office what about 2 years then quite.

Republican

July 30th, 2010
5:21 pm

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T Knight

July 30th, 2010
5:22 pm

Really now….. do you think anyone would take the time to be critical of Sarah Palin if they were not a little bit afraid of her? No, they would not. I think many people relate to her in some way? I think most Georgians will welcome her with open arms. Come on Sarah…. Bring it on!

Tom Ga Hunter

July 30th, 2010
5:22 pm

I sent my rep a email asking him not to support N. Deal. This is his response, too bad the other 60 did not have this sense.

“As I will need to work with whoever wins the primary, I am staying out
of the endorsement game, and focusing on electing a Republican this
November.

Thanks,”