This morning’s post made reference to a Marietta Daily Journal question-and-answer session with Tricia Pridemore, one of three candidates for the chairmanship of state GOP.
She’s backed by Gov. Nathan Deal.
In the article, Pridemore told of an encounter she had with Karen Handel during her campaign for governor – when Handel, in the aftermath of the Glenn Richardson scandal, hammering at the issue of ethics in the state Capitol.
Said Pridemore, in the MDJ:
”[T]he Handel for Governor team was talking with me, and I liked them and thought they had a lot of momentum and liked both Mr. and Mrs. Handel and at the end of ‘09 that campaign took a stark trip into calling out members of the General Assembly and people that work at the Capitol.
“Now I’m a former intern down at the state Capitol and it was a great experience for me and I have many friends that served in the General Assembly. They work hard. They don’t do it for the fame. They sure don’t do it for the fortune, but they do it because they want a better Georgia, and they want to be able to serve their constituents….
“I met with Mrs. Handel … and told her that in my opinion, for what it’s worth, this is just little me, but I’d hate to see us go down this road.”
Handel, who ended up in a runoff with Deal, said this afternoon that she doesn’t remember any such conversation:
”I have gone out of my way to stay out of the GOP chairman’s race – much to the dismay and frustration of some. That’s why I was particularly frustrated to have been brought into the thing in such a misleading way.
“I appreciate that Mrs. Pridemore wants to endear herself to some who supported my campaign. But her comments convey a connection to me and my campaign that just simply wasn’t ever there.
“What I can tell you is – I’m not sure that I’ve ever even met Mrs. Pridemore, other than perhaps at a regular GOP kind of event. What I know without doubt is that I’ve never had a meeting with her to discuss anything about my campaign.”
So I placed a call to Pridemore, who said the two met in December 2009, at a Northwest YWCA fundraiser called “Boots and Blue Jeans” held at Jim R. Miller Park in Cobb County. Pridemore said she and Handel stepped aside for a quick chat.
“We were in front of the registration table. That’s where the conversation happened,” Pridemore said.
Said Handel: “That’s not the same as sitting down in a meeting.”
Handel said she doesn’t currently have any plans to make an endorsement in the GOP chairmanship race. The former secretary of state, by the way, has started a business consulting firm in Atlanta – and is doing fine.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider