Posted: 11:03 am Thursday, March 27th, 2014
By Greg Bluestein
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin endorsed Karen Handel in her bid for governor back in 2010. Now the former VP candidate is once again backing Handel as she faces a crowded primary field for an open U.S. Senate seat.
Palin calls Handel “the only choice if we want something done” and urges her supporters to throw dollars Handel’s way. “Trust me, you won’t regret it,” Palin says.
The timing comes as two other GOP Senate candidates, Rep. Jack Kingston and businessman David Perdue, blanket the Atlanta airwaves with ads that Handel’s cash-strapped campaign can’t afford to counter. Several recent polls also show Perdue beginning to separate himself from the rest of the field.
“Margaret Thatcher often said: “If you want something said, ask a man. If you want something done, ask a woman.” This quote rings true in the U.S. Senate race in Georgia in more ways than one. This year’s elections are about who we send to Washington to help restore our country after six years of a disastrous administration. It’s not about who has the best rhetoric, the loudest voice, or the best TV ads. It’s about who we trust to keep their word to fight for conservative principles and grow our movement at the same time.
“Voters need to look carefully at a candidate’s record. Look beyond the flashy campaign ads of establishment candidates and the bombastic rhetoric of candidates who claim to be the most conservative in the race. Listen to what Karen says in her debates and candidate forums, and you’ll hear a true conservative leader who can win in November. This Georgia Senate race is very important to the Democrats and has long-term repercussions for 2016 as Democrats test the waters to see if they can win big in a red state with a woman candidate. That is why the GOP needs a strong contender like Karen Handel. She is the conservative candidate who can win this race and hold this seat for the GOP.“
This reminds us of Kingston’s quotes back in 2010 when Palin endorsed Handel in the governor’s race. He told MSNBC that Palin was “dividing the Republican Party at a time when we don’t need to be divided” and that Palin was someone who “does shoot from the hip a little bit too much.”
About the Author
Greg Bluestein is a political reporter who covers the governor's office and state politics for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He joined the newspaper in June 2012 after spending seven years with the Atlanta bureau of The Associated Press. He also contributes to the AJC's Political Insider blog. Bluestein has traveled to Haiti with President Jimmy Carter, journeyed to Panama with Gov. Nathan Deal and tracked down a suspected Ponzi schemer in suburban Kansas. He spent weeks in Louisiana covering the Gulf Oil Spill, became an unwitting expert on capital punishment after witnessing almost a dozen executions in Georgia's death chamber and was part of award-winning teams that descended upon the biggest breaking news events in the Southeast. Bluestein has covered a range of beats, including environment, legal affairs and economic development. He's now the AJC's political writer, charged with covering the intricacies of Georgia's lively government on the newspaper's front pages and in the Political Insider blog. He lives in Atlanta with his wife and two daughters.