Karen Handel on Principles & Values



2010: Resigned as Secretary of State to run for Governor

Handel is a former Georgia secretary of state and chair of the Fulton County Commission who has unsuccessfully run for governor and Senate. But in recent years, Handel is probably best known for her time at Susan G. Komen for the Cure, which ended after her effort to get the organization to cut off funding for Planned Parenthood.

She's a longtime Georgia politician. She ran for Fulton County Board of Commissioners and lost in 2002, then won a special election in 2003. Next, she became Georgia secretary of state in 2007, before resigning to run for governor in 2010, losing a Republican primary run-off despite Sarah Palin and Mitt Romney endorsements. She ran for Senate in 2014 and came in third in that primary. One of Handel's Republican opponents in the 6th District special election used this record against her: "Over the last 15 years, Karen Handel has run six times for five different offices. She didn't even finish the jobs we did give her, always running for the next office."

Source: DailyKos on 2017 Georgia 6th House special election , Apr 19, 2017

Endorsed by McIntosh County Commissioner before Kingston

The Senate campaign of Jack Kingston challenged an endorsement cited by GOP rival Karen Handel. Kelly Spratt, the chairman of the McIntosh County Commission, said: "While I did actively support Handel's primary bid for governor in 2010, I have not endorsed her Senate campaign and have in no way given her permission for my name to be used. I fully support Jack Kingston."

The Handel campaign responded by releasing two emails from Spratt. Both were written after Kingston joined the race. The first, dated May 2, said, "I campaigned for Karen in the 2010 election and she carried my county. Please let her know that I will be very happy to help her if she decides to run for the Senate seat."

The second email, dated May 9, assesses Kingston's strengths and weaknesses: "Kingston is a fence-rider and has no track record of making strong stands. Karen, you and I are both anti-establishment candidates. If you choose to run for Senate, all of your announced opponents are beltway boys."

Source: Journal-Constitution AdWatch on 2014 Georgia Senate race , Dec 5, 2013

Resigned Komen for the Cure over Planned Parenthood issue

Planned Parenthood and its pals turned their fury on our corporate sponsors. Our sponsors were scared--they'd seen what the Democratic machine could do when it decided on a target for destruction. They were right to be frightened.

The calls for my resignation were growing. There were hundreds of emails and phone calls, and petitions circulating the Internet that had already garnered thousands of signatures. The left had taken a page directly out of the Saul Alinsky playbook: pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, polarize it. They needed someone to demonize--and that someone was me.

The apology was a total reversal of the new grants policy and focused on reinstating Planned Parenthood's eligibility.

The message for Republicans and the faith community was that Komen was only backing down for now; it would take more time to transition out of Planned Parenthood grants. [Handel ultimately did resign]

Source: Planned Bullyhood, by Karen Handel, p.236-243 , Sep 11, 2012

Avid runner, covering 12-15 miles per week

After the election, Nathan Deal's camp was not interested in my help, and the truth was, I needed a vacation.

I was already bored. I hadn't sorted out what was next, but I needed something to do--a challenge for myself. That challenge was running-- literally. I'd never run before (except campaigns). My goal: 5K by Christmas. I did it--and in the process, got in better shape and used the time to reflect and rejuvenate. Today I'm an avid runner, covering 12 to 15 miles of pavement a week.

Source: Planned Bullyhood, by Karen Handel, p. 51 , Sep 11, 2012

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