We’ve picked up word that two more Karen Handel operatives have joined the effort to help Nathan Deal, the Republican nominee for governor, across the November finish line.
Jeremy Collins, political director for the Handel campaign, will have something like that position in the Deal operation.
And Dan McLagan, the sharp-tongued Handel rhetorician, has been hired as a consultant for the state Republican party.
Given that McLagan also worked for Sonny Perdue in his 2002 upset, it’s easy to guess that McLagan will be offering advice on opposition research during the general election. A kind of certified Barnesologist.
It’s also easy to understand why McLagan will work at some distance from the GOP gubernatorial candidate. This from the Savannah Morning News, less than three weeks ago:
“What would truly destroy the party,” McLagan said, “would be to nominate someone like Deal who is under a federal grand jury investigation and could be indicted or, heaven forbid, arrested at any moment. …”
Granted, in that same piece, Deal comes close to calling Handel a foreign-born carpetbagger. But certain things said during heated campaigns take more time to forget than others.
That said, we’re told that the Deal campaign approves of McLagan’s continued involvement in the 2010 fracas.