Posted: 4:48 pm Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Jan Brewer to rally for Karen Handel — but what about those vetoes? 

By Jim Galloway

The U.S. Senate campaign of Karen Handel put out word this afternoon that Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer will be the featured speaker at a Monday rally in Canton.

Which means April will have been bookended with the in-person endorsements of Handel by two high-profile Republican women. Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin showed up for Handel in a Union City affair early this month.

Arizona Republican Gov. Jan Brewer. AP file/Ross D. Franklin

Arizona Republican Gov. Jan Brewer. AP file/Ross D. Franklin

But Brewer’s appearance could raise a pair of unintended questions for the Handel campaign. There is, of course, the topic of guns. From the Associated Press this week:

PHOENIX – To the surprise of the bill’s sponsor, Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed a bill Tuesday that that would have allowed concealed-carry permit holders to take their guns into government buildings….

House Bill 2339 would have allowed people with concealed-carry permits to bring weapons into government buildings unless security measures – including armed guards, metal detectors and gun lockers – are in place. The measure excluded public K-12 schools, community colleges and universities.

[Brewer] said the bill would have placed a financial burden on cities and towns that would have been forced to pay for extra security measures if they did not want guns in government buildings.

Lifting the prohibition of concealed weapons in unsecured government buildings is a major feature of HB 60, which was signed into law by Gov. Nathan Deal on Wednesday.

Then there is Brewer’s February veto of a religious liberty bill that critics said would have permitted businesses to discriminate against gays and lesbians.

Brewer’s veto had repercussions here. Similar legislation introduced in Georgia’s General Assembly was stopped dead in its track upon Brewer’s veto – and outspoken protests from some of the state’s largest commercial interests, including Delta and Coke.

One of Georgia’s religious liberty bills was authored by state Sen. Josh McKoon, R-Columbus. McKoon is one of three co-chairs in the Handel campaign – and a frequent spokesman for the candidate.

McKoon has sent over these lines in defense of his candidate:

“First, Karen enthusiastically supports HB 60 and is a strong supporter of the right to carry.

“Second, Karen supported SB 377, my religious liberty bill and in fact that bill was our attempt to get a law like the one passed in Arizona in 1999, not the bill their legislature passed earlier this year.

“Third, I’m delighted that Karen is receiving support from strong conservatives like Governor Sarah Palin, Erick Erickson and Governor Jan Brewer. I look forward to welcoming Governor Brewer to Georgia on Monday as we continue to build incredible momentum toward a May 20 victory. “

By the way – the Cherokee County rally is at 2 p.m. Monday at Sixes Tavern, 3568 Sixes Road, Canton, Ga. 30114.

16 comments
Baumer_1
Baumer_1

I have heard Erick Erickson called many things...strong is not one of them.


That fat-a$$ is a big wad of cookie-dough.  No wonder he wants to carry guns around everywhere. He isn't man enough to handle situations without them.  

My 12 year old grand-daughter could knock-him out in 2 rounds...if the ref let the fight go that long.

Charles50
Charles50

This story implies that people actually give a damn about what Jan Brewer thinks.  Karen Handel is pulling out all of the lady losers of her party.  I suppose Michelle Bachman can't be too far behind Brewer.  

DS
DS

Well, I wasn't impressed at all that Sarah Palin visited to stump for Handel, but Brewer is a different story. A thoughtful Republican, which is pretty rare these days. Much more impressive.

It's weird, though, because I see no connection between Brewer and Handel. They're quite different. I can't figure why either would want to be associated with the other.

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Look, successful  republican females holding and running for high offices.  Gotta love it.  Waiting for liberal talking points on the "War on Women".  In your face libs

JohnBoy10
JohnBoy10

The circus is now in full swing...even nut job Jack Kingston is under fire from the, believe it ir not, the even more conservative ideologues of his party...whew!!!


Sit back and enjoy the show, as the Radical Right Wing ultra-conservative wackos do their best to out-crazy each other!


Jan Brewer, Sarah Palin,,,,,,how about bringing in the new face of the republican party, that "great American Patriot" Nevada Rancher Cliven Bundy...the newest Fox News contributor and hero of Shawn Hannity.


honested
honested

Will she be wearing her costume from the Wizard of Oz?

Palatin
Palatin

Jim there you go again! You and the ultra liberal AJC being a mouthpiece for an ultra progressive Governor from a foreign jurisdiction who espouses support for another allegedly progressive female candidate who believes in retroactive abortions for criminals that have committed capital crimes. You think that you offset that by mentioning  a Senator who believes conception occurs upon swallowing his ED pill and winking at his wife. We are so on to you!

NWGAL
NWGAL

As my late momma would say, those are some kooky cookies.

CherokeeCounty
CherokeeCounty

There's something to what you say - Governor Brewer pushed to expand Medicaid, thus accepting all those dollars that Raw Deal doesn't want for Georgia.

honested
honested

@blah blah blah  

You mean the Governor who has had more bills she signed overturned by the Courts than any TWO others?

honested
honested

@CherokeeCounty  

Governor brewer is an example of the 'even a blind hog occasionally finds an acorn' rule.

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@honested @blah blah blah  I agree: It's not until a law is passed that opponents have the opportunity to fight the law in court.  Right or wrong the State is forced to spends enormous amount of time and money to defend it.   Unnecessary and costly because some political party wants to force their ideas on others,  You'd think with all those legal experts in the legislature, someone would understand how pass lawful regulations and get it right the first time.   

honested
honested

@blah blah blah @honested 

Sad but true.

Some states are filled with voters who prefer satisfying their 'feelings' over following the law.

Just as Senator Nan Orrock stated during the General Assembly session, "I'd like for everyone to take a minute and realize just how many of the laws we are voting on are unConstitutional".