Posted: 7:10 pm Thursday, April 10th, 2014

David Perdue calls Karen Handel to apologize 

By Daniel Malloy

Eight days after we told you about businessman David Perdue’s remarks on the credentials of “the high school graduate in this race” he called former Secretary of State Karen Handel to apologize.

But Handel is in no mood to let it go.

Earlier today she released a radio ad using the Perdue audio to make the case that Perdue has “lost touch with our values.” Shortly after the call was over, Handel sent out a press release saying she accepted the apology. And then:

But the apology is not owed to me—it is owed to the many other Georgians he demeaned. I believe in an America where the circumstances in which we grow up do not determine our ability to achieve. America has always been the land of opportunity for all—not just some.”

Reporters’ inboxes were quickly pinged with another Handel campaign missive attributed to a prominent supporter, state Sen. Josh McKoon, R-Columbus:

“David Perdue’s ‘apology’ reeks of political expediency. Last week when asked about the comments, David’s spokesman said they were just based on facts that are a matter of public record. The next day, the same spokesman said he wasn’t aware of a suggestion that an apology was in order.

“After a week of receiving negative national attention, and being ridiculed as an out-of-touch self-funding elitist who thinks he can buy this election, David’s political consultants have seen the writing on the wall.”

Spokesman Derrick Dickey provided the Perdue take on the call:

“David made a heartfelt personal call to Ms. Handel that was intended to remain private.  He contacted her directly for no other reason than to let her know he was sorry for the comment. There is certainly no expectation for her to change campaign tactics.”

80 comments
SevenOaks
SevenOaks

So he attacks her in public, but wants the apology to be "private"?


Phuleese!  Go away Purdue!  You're old man was horrible....you'll be worse

gtrnr
gtrnr

I think Karen Handel is dumb and ignorant but not because of her lack of a college education.   She simply isn't intelligent.

exodus2011
exodus2011

LOL - you are having a wee dream there Perdie **__** ... Bless your heart **__**


btw - the Handel Campaign have featured Sarah Palin in their first Ad - which is really a NO-BRAINER


Karen Handel knows whom Conservative voters in GA trust ~> Sarah Palin who has, for more than FIVE YEARS withstood sustained, withering, scurrilous, personal attacks, without


backing down
sitting down
falling down


personal attacks because her PRINCIPLED Conservative RECORD, and ETHICAL Leadership CANNOT be FAULTED


You malefactors in the GOPe and in the divisive, flailing, CRASHING Obamacare-STINKING DEMs are in HUGE TROUBLE


#BeClingers -------------------> #AmericaRISING


#WAR --------------> #CrushROVERandGROVER in the Primary cycle Patriots!

coj
coj

I guess if ruining the reputation and the bottom line of a non-profit organization makes Handel more qualified than a woman who took a non-profit organization to new heights, then I guess up is down in some people's peculiar bubble.

MoFaux
MoFaux

Perdue's last name should be changed to another P-word for apologizing for stating the obvious.  For then stating that Karen is more qualified for office than Nunn makes me question his intelligence.

northgagop
northgagop

Perdue attacks Handel and all hard working Georgians.  It takes him over a week to apologize to Handel, and his spokesperson claims that Handel is being negative.


If I was Perdue, i would be looking for a new spokesperson and possibly replacements for the crack campaign team that he had guiding him through this serious gaffe.   


missvp
missvp

We should that across America, winning candidates will be beholden to their financial backers - and will do exactly what they are TOLD to do! Try something different: READ up on the candidate with the least funds raised!

Armydawg
Armydawg

He would never have called Karen to apologize if he wasnt watching his internal poll numbers melting away.  And the only thing "heartfelt" is watching his chances of winning fly out the window.

WardinConyers
WardinConyers

I was greatly dismayed over Perdue dismissing Handel earlier for her limited formal education.  However, I was greatly heartened this morning when I read that he had just apologized.  Unlike the president, he actually appeared stronger for manning up and doing the right thing.  My son never finished college. He went to four different schools and never found his muse, but he is now a bank manager.  We always supported him, and recognized that he had his own self-manufactured gifts.  (As parents, I trust that we contributed as well.)  He is quite gifted, affable and I  think that he would make an excellent politician.   Both his mother and I have graduate degrees, and I am a retired college professor.  

Fact is, college does not suit some folks.  That's why some 50% disappear after the first semester.  Also, college ain't what it used to be.


Nevertheless, I am greatly disappointed in Karen Handel's decision to rub Perdue's nose in it even after the apology.  The proper thing to do was not to try making political hay over the situation.  The classy thing would have been to let it go.  So, I have to give this one to Perdue, ironically.


So bury it, Karen.

JaySly
JaySly

with perdue's millions, he should be able to buy this election easily---money--the only thing that matters

RexDogma
RexDogma

Education does not matter.  They are all horrible candidates.

Numbers_R_Us
Numbers_R_Us

Perhaps Handel values ignorance and a lack of education but I strive to be better.  

ThisKevin
ThisKevin

I was glad to see Handel tie herself to Sarah Palin.

Because what says "I'm a smart, articulate, intelligent woman" more than a direct association of the Mayor of Moose-knuckle.

Derwin0
Derwin0

I have to agree, if it wasn't for the hoopla that followed after his comments, he never would have apologized.


Granted I'm not voting for either one, and neither will make it to the run off.  Likely it'll be two of the sitting Congressmen, my money is on Kingston & Broun.

SlawDawg
SlawDawg

David Purdue showed us what a jack*** he is. Karen Handel is getting my vote. President Obozo went to college, or at least he claims he did, and look what a HORRIBLE job he has done. A big thanks to you low-information voters who voted for him TWICE. You really F'd our country.

MoFaux
MoFaux

Karen is so right.  Who needs a college education?  We should allow high school graduates to also be astronauts, medical doctors, and bridge designers, with no training at all.

LegolasMirkwood
LegolasMirkwood

Glad I made popcorn before reading the comments.  Heckuva show, wouldn't miss it.

Bernie31
Bernie31

David Why are You Apologizing to that IDIOT? As soon as You did...as to be expected

the Little DUMPY MONSTER turned around and STABBED You in the Back. As expected from such a Dirty player of Politics. Karen looking like somebody's grandmother Telling YOU that you need to APOLOGIZE Again, to a Wider Audience because Karen was too lazy to get her College Degree!


Karen Handel is a LOSER and ALL know it but Karen. She lives in a world of Fantasy and Delusion.

likeitis
likeitis

What I want for a US Senator from Georgia is a rich well egucated person . How else could you fit in at the great Pig Trough in Washington... 

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

Only less than 6 weeks left in this silly primary season where a candidate with two degrees from GA Tech apologizes to a high school graduate for stating the obvious.  Only the liberal media would attempt to turn this around.

Thankfully we will be rid of at least Handel and Broun (along with Pennington and Barge) 5 weeks from Tuesday.

MaryPolleys
MaryPolleys

David Perdue apologized because he is a gentleman, not a politician. I, for one, am ready for some non-politicians in Washington. I think Ms. Handel has run for office about 5 times in the last 10 years. She's a career politician who seems to leave one job before the term is up to run for a better one (figured that out from the Wikipedia article about her).

abbysenia
abbysenia

No... She needs a college degree to represent the state of Georgia, to make laws for the United States. And these country people need to stop justifying not having an education! Especially a white woman! She moved up to N. Fulton...she should've used that money to go to school and stay near her so called constituency! Maybe then she wouldn't have been kicked out of Susan G. Kolman, trying to fight abortion!

td1234
td1234

Purdue is not smart enough to be Senator if he is publicly apologizing for playing hardball politics. 

MoFaux
MoFaux

@exodus2011  By all means, let's celebrate mediocrity by mentioning Palin OR endorsing Handel.  Your complete lack of grammar skills illustrates why you will be voting for another high school graduate.  But, I suppose personal attacks coming from Palin are cool with you, because you agree with her right?

LookbeforeIleap
LookbeforeIleap

@exodus2011

without

backing down
sitting down
falling down

Well there is that small bit about quitting office 2 years early.

It's very easy to run one's mouth when one has no accountability for what one says.

Bernie31
Bernie31

@Numbers_R_Us - This is the same Goup of Americans who said Sarah Palin should be Vice President!  All know how that one went down.

RickDDay
RickDDay

@Numbers_R_Us  Of course, because all totes know that having a college degree makes you smarter, therefore 'better than others'.


But Purdue and you, two elitists prix in a pod, view things from a higher pedistal. There is nothing ignorant about not being able to afford college loans and moving right into the private sector, dude.

Bernie31
Bernie31

@SlawDawg - Surely You Voted for The Village Idiot from Texas with the Silver Foot in his Mouth. W. who allowed 3,000 Americans to get Slaughtered in one Hour on a sunny Monday Morning. Then said he needed no Investigation because he knows who is responsible. (6) Six Weeks later maded the 4th Amendment disappear after a all day Sunday Drunk. Failed to find the one who killed the 3,000. Lied America into a Needless War and loss another 3,500 American Lives, 1,500 with one or mre lims missing, 500 suicides, 10,000 rapes of Women American Soldiers, No plan  of benefits to pay for those who sacrficied. Loss 300k jobs every month of his last year while doing nothing, allowed the economy to crash, the banking system to crash and You Voted for this Nonsense twice!


Goober go and have another shot of MOONSHHINE and tell yourself and US more of your god Forsaken lies from SATAN, whom You and your ilk Love more than MONEY.

uh..huh

RickDDay
RickDDay

@MoFaux  they are allowed. There is no law barring anyone with any education level from applying or holding any job. You think a college degree in medicine is 'training'? Really? Most of those doctors are trained by HS or undergrad level nurses and PA's.


Your fallacy is so full of fail that I wonder how high a degree you achieved.


So who NEEDS a college education? 


These billionaires didn't. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_college_dropout_billionaires


Your foot. Please extract it from your mouth in order to continue this conversation k thx bye

kpmac
kpmac

Not everything requires a college degree. I have been in my field for 20 years and do not have a degree but, people who are recently hired with degrees are earning several thousand dollars more. Guess who they want to train these people.

RickDDay
RickDDay

@Bernie31  how much to they pay you to sock puppet the AJC comments? Does it pay the bills?

EdUktr
EdUktr

@Bernie31  

C'mon, Bernie. If your wife wasn't supporting you where would you be?

northgagop
northgagop

@MaryPolleys  using wikipedia as a source is laughable.  You may want to double check your facts before you post

LookbeforeIleap
LookbeforeIleap

@td1234  

Kindly remember that statement the next time some GOPer gets butt hurt over something mean that a Dem said about them.


LesLegato
LesLegato

Vs morons like you who belittled palin's correct prediction that your islamo-marxist, economy destroyer would wet his pants (and convince our allies we are useless) when Putin made his move?

God help us from "educated" voters łike you and the millions of other DNC and RINO sheeple who couldn't tell the difference between a stupid DNC-backed Tina Fey exaggeration, and what turned out to be a prescient comment from Palin.

Palin has more common sense in her pinky (and more b*lls in her pants) than obama and his entire administration.

Enjoy the rest of the ride into hell till 2016.

Derwin0
Derwin0

@honested @Derwin0  Nunn has no change, the real election is in May.  Georgia is still a long way from electing another Democrat statewide.


Don't forget, Democrats wanted Deal to win the primary as his ethics issues in Congress would make for an easy win for Barnes.  Barnes still got trounced in the general election.  Be careful what you wish for.

RickDDay
RickDDay

@Bernie31 @SlawDawg  I hate it when people like you two ignore the victims of post war distress when discussing how damaging that portrait painting president's tenure was.. 


All these military suicides and murders are also blood on the hands of the Great Shrub. He is as good a painter as he was a president. No one can match him for the sheer numbers of dead based on his wrong headed policy decisions.


I'm no friend of the Democrats, but in hindsight, I'd take 4 Obamas and three Hillaries over any Bush.


Dawg, I take it you like the system as it is and it was perfect while under GOP control. That's pretty sad, dude, that you would think your self centered existence would be better today if Romney or McCain were POTUS.

honested
honested

@kpmac  

National leadership IS obviously a place where the highest level of education possible is a plus for those represented.

Much more is at stake than at a county party meeting. Those in the deliberative body are likely to be (or at least they were before the teaklan) aware of law, history, science and philosophy. If you happen to elect the person becomes the dolt in the group, the voters are at a disadvantage.

Bernie31
Bernie31

@LesLegato - Word Salad is Trailer Trash who got lucky because of her MUG and LEGS! 

The moment Sarah opened her Mouth and Spoke.

ALL of America knew SARAH was a FOOL and cannot be taken seriously.

honested
honested

@Derwin0  

I realize this is a State that has consistently elected the least qualified candidate for every statewide election in the last decade but hope springs eternal that ignorance was the anomaly no the standard.

honested
honested

@kpmac  

Yes, when it comes to educated teaklanners, paul broun springs to mind.

kpmac
kpmac

You mean like all of the EDUCATED people we have there now. Hmmm, they are doing a bang up job. I would much rather have people who are smart, but have common sense.  It seems that them more educated they get in Washington the less they tend to accomplish.

The "teaklan" as you put it also tend to be educated people, their negativity completely negates any common sense they may have had.