A Twitter feud over Karen Handel’s new book

On Twitter last night, it was Karen Handel’s husband versus Eric Johnson.

In her new memoir about her short tenure at Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the breast cancer group, and her fight with Planned Parenthood, Karen Handel reprises the 2010 GOP race for governor as proof that she’s willing to take on unsavory characters.

Like Nathan Deal, who is now governor. Or Johnson, another rival who once ruled over the state Senate. Specifically, Handel accused Johnson of sitting on his hands when confronted with an ethics complaint against House Speaker Glenn Richardson, who resigned in 2009 (and is now engaged in a GOP run for the state Senate).

The book was released on Tuesday. Johnson, who has been known to let fly, started the conversation last night on Twitter. Steve Handel, the author’s husband, finished it. To wit:

Eric Johnson, at 20:38 Tuesday:

Only Karen Handel could make Susan G. Komen a villain and turn Planned Parenthood into a victim. She’s like Obama. It’s all about her.

Steve Handel, at 20:53 Tuesday:

@Johnson4Georgia Bitter much, time to get over it and move on.

Steve Handel, at 20:59 Tuesday:

@Johnson4Georgia For your reading pleasure http://t.co/VOicbD03

[The link leads the reader to the National Right to Life website with a favorable book review that opens with this: “With great personal courage, and strength of character, Karen Handel is now telling the inside story of how Planned Parenthood ‘bullied’ Susan G. Komen for the Cure.”]

Eric Johnson, at 21:00 Tuesday:

@stevehandel It’s sad that she can’t let it go. I’m doing fine, thank you.

Steve Handel, at 21:01 Tuesday:

@Johnson4Georgia She’s doing great, and continues to stand u[p] and do the right thing.

Steve Handel, at 21:49 Tuesday:

RT @justintomczak: Always liked @Johnson4Georgia, but still going after @KarenHandel??? Bigger issues facing our nation/state #getoverit …

Thus endeth the Twitter feud. For the moment.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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21 comments Add your comment


September 12th, 2012
2:27 pm

only twits tweet

NO COLLINS, NO DEAL, No more Hall mafia

September 12th, 2012
2:34 pm

Karen was right about the ethics issue and now we are all realizing it.


September 12th, 2012
2:41 pm

Has Dan Becker called the book ‘barren’ yet?


September 12th, 2012
2:46 pm

Tomczak took down that post after he saw what Karen had written in the book. The excerpts about 2010 show how pathetic and bitter Karen Handel is and how lucky Georgians are that such a divisive and vicious character didn’t become governor.

Look before I leap...

September 12th, 2012
3:28 pm

Don’t we have enough jackwagons in the GA State House without Glenn Richardson attempting to resurrect his defunct political career?

I agree with Trusslady, Twitter is indeed for those whose thought processes are limited to 140 characters.

Mike Stucka

September 12th, 2012
3:34 pm

140 characters is too bitter and unable to get over something, but an entire book is not?


September 12th, 2012
3:38 pm

karen handel, the noot getrich of failed Georgia female politicians.


September 12th, 2012
3:59 pm

Handel is just another dirty politician who broke her promise to correct the situation with the unConstitutional, unauditable voting machines. She didn’t contest her narrow loss to Deal because the machines will give the same answer. There is no auditable paper trail.


September 12th, 2012
4:25 pm

The voting machines are part of Agenda 21.


September 12th, 2012
5:12 pm

Thank God Nathan won. It’s good to have a grownup in charge rather than whiny Karen.


September 12th, 2012
5:16 pm

I will not vote for anyone to be the Governor of this state that does not have a college degree.


September 12th, 2012
7:26 pm

Ahhh Nathan, the “give everyone I know a kick back” Guvnah. We sure are lucky.


September 12th, 2012
9:24 pm

“…not vote for anyone…does not have a college degree”.

We agree


September 12th, 2012
10:51 pm


Does this provide any gauge to the level of importance Georgia Citizens give karen handel?

Martha Zoller

September 13th, 2012
7:32 am

Silly exchange. Folks, Twitter is public record now, used in news and quasi news stories. I love Twitter and you’ll find me using it almost daily. Karen Handel has a right to tell the story from her perspective, we all do. More to come.


September 13th, 2012
7:58 am


The simple fact is the majority of Georgians could give a whit about karen’s ’story’ or how she wants to change it.

Toast, is toast.

Bob Loblaw

September 13th, 2012
9:45 am

This whole book is an attempt to lock down favorables with the pro-life bloc of the GOP Primary electorate without having to deal with that psychopath Dan Becker and his desire to have the government force incest victims to have inbred babies and rape victims to deliver their attacker’s offspring.

Baghdad Bob

September 13th, 2012
10:09 am

All hail glorious soviet republic of Georgia. Make hate at book by Karen Handle blaming glorious leader Romney and Glorious Leader Johnson for being to short of measurement virtuousnessiness.

Value to education lesson this is! PRAVDA say 10 million glorious voters making happy time to get college education for glory of Soviet republic of Amerika.

Glorious voting machines all declare Obama failure to the people. Ministry of Love has declared two minute hate to yell at Emmanuel Goldstein and his communist capitalist lackey Obama.

All glory to glorious soviet republix of Georgia. Make happy happy time for glory success of Leader Romney in condemning Obama apology tour. Make happy timeness for Glorious leader Romney!

The Snark

September 13th, 2012
4:59 pm

Onyl Karen Handel could publish a book attacking and blaming other people, and then play the victim when they respond. Thank goodness she didn’t become Governor.

The Snark

September 13th, 2012
5:00 pm


No, it doesn’t. Some of those 13 comments had nothing to do with Handel.

The Snark

September 13th, 2012
5:01 pm

Baghdad Bob:

I told you to stay away from the brown acid, but did you listen? Nooooooooooo …