First up, Jon Ossoff won 48% to Karen Handel’s 20% in a deep red district, special election. It’s not a win or a loss; it’s To Be Continued.
- The proxy fight between Democrats and Republicans will continue in Georgia for two more months.
- 50-State Strategy watch: Will Ossoff’s strong showing increase pressure on the party to contest a special House election next month in Montana?
- Republicans spent over $7 million against Democrats in conservative districts.
- Ossoff ends with 1) a buttload of cash, 2) momentum and 3) a vote that is nearly at 49 percent. All he needs is a slight increase of Dims voting and some apathy from Republicans that their theocrat didn’t out-right win.
WaPo: “Ossoff’s candidacy gave Democrats an exhilarating if brief taste of what it will be like to compete in a ruby-red district next year, when they have to win 24 seats to take back the House.”
So who is Karen Handel, you ask? Here’s her political c.v., it has a whole lot of FAIL:
- November 2002: Handel, president and CEO of North Fulton County Chamber of Commerce, loses bid for Fulton County Commission.
- December 2002: Gov. Sonny Perdue makes her deputy chief of staff.
- November 2003: Handel elected to chairwoman of the Fulton County Commission.
- November 2006: Handel elected Georgia secretary of state —- despite a rival’s claim that, because the Fulton County Commission approved grants to Planned Parenthood, she supports abortion.
- March 2009: Handel declares her candidacy for governor. Opponents and Georgia Right to Life criticize her as soft on abortion. Handel blogs that she opposes Planned Parenthood.
- July 2010: Sarah Palin endorses Handel, who comes in first in the GOP primary but without enough votes to avoid a runoff.
- August 2010: Nathan Deal defeats Handel in the runoff.
- April 2011: Handel named vice president for public policy for Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
- February 2012: Handel resigns from Komen after it reverses a decision to stop providing grants to Planned Parenthood.
- Sept. 11, 2012: Publishes “Planned Bullyhood,” a book that largely concerns her tenure as vice president of public policy at Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
- May 2013: Announces she will run for an open U.S. Senate seat.
- May 2014: Comes in third In the Republican Senate primary.
- October 2014: Endorses former rival Nathan Deal in his re-election bid.
- February 2017: Announces she will run in the 6th Congressional District special election.
- Tuesday: Handel was the top Republican vote-getter in the 6th District race.
Our last entry for Handel in the MPS archive really sums her up best: “Notable forced-birther KOMEN FOUNDATION VICE-PRESIDENT KAREN HANDEL has quit the cancer charity, to spend more time with your uterus.” — Yes, Handel was the person who famously destroyed the Komen foundation’s Race for the Cure, or revealed it for the pink-washing, money grubbing faux charity that it is. How did she do that? She forced it to separate from Planned Parenthood, who probably performs more breast cancer screenings than anyone.