Republican runoff candidate Nathan Deal is up with a first mass response to successive attacks on his ethics from Karen Handel.
It is a careful piece of work.
The camera stays on Deal as he gives a measured response. No images of Handel are shown – the former congressman doesn’t give in to the temptation to replicate John Oxendine’s “bad hair” ad of the GOP primary.
Deal spokesman Brian Robinson says the ad is targeted at metro Atlanta, at 850 points.
Deal: Karen Handel is saying things about me that are not true. Her political mud, mixed with her sticks and stones, will not build a bridge to Georgia’s future.
I’m focused on bringing real prosperity to our state by cutting taxes on businesses that call Georgia home – and eliminating the marriage tax penalty. I’ll lead Georgia to a new day, where businesses grow, jobs are created, and families thrive.
Male voiceover: Nathan Deal. Real conservative, real results.
Clearly, how to respond to attacks from a female candidate is on the minds of many in the Deal campaign – that showed in today’s fly-around that featured Deal with prominent GOP women.
From the prepared remarks of Joan Westmoreland, wife of the congressman:
Although I appreciate the enthusiasm for conservative ideas that Sarah Palin has been spreading across this country, I think she’s made a mistake here.
Alaska is a far cry from Georgia and I’m pretty sure Ms. Palin can’t smell our peaches from her front porch. This is not just about who wears lipstick, it’s about who will govern this state with integrity and conviction.
Sarah Palin doesn’t even know Nathan Deal, but my husband Lynn and I do!!! He is a kind, honest and generous Christian man. Like my husband Lynn, he was one of the most dependable votes in the House of Representatives for our conservative values. He is a staunch defender of the sanctity of life, and he’s endorsed by Georgia Right to Life.
I am appalled that Karen Handel would smear the name of a man who has served his nation and his state honorably for his entire life, and that is why I had to speak out today. I care about conservative values and I care about this great state, and I know that Nathan Deal is the only choice to lead the State if Georgia.