July 13th, 2010
09:26 AM ET
8 years ago

Palin endorsement shakes up Georgia race

Georgia gubernatorial candidate John Oxendine is out with a new ad on Tuesday.

Georgia gubernatorial candidate John Oxendine is out with a new ad on Tuesday.

(CNN) – Sarah Palin waded into the Georgia governor's race Monday and already that contest is growing more intense.

Less than a day after the former Alaska governor announced she is backing former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel, a GOP opponent is out with a scathing campaign commercial that suggests Handel once supported abortion rights.

"She gave almost a half-million dollars to an abortion provider. And supported tax-payer benefits for gay couples. Sounds like a liberal Democrat. It's the Karen Handel you didn't know," says a new ad from John Oxendine, the state insurance commissioner who is considered the frontrunner in the race.

Specifically, the ad says that when Handel was chairman of the Fulton County Commission in 2005 she voted in favor of a $425,568 allocation for Planned Parenthood.

Former Rep. Nathan Deal and former state Sen. Eric Johnson are also running for GOP gubernatorial nomination.

The primary is set for July 20 with a runoff scheduled on August 10 if no candidate garners more than 50 percent of the vote. The current governor of Georgia, Republican Sonny Perdue, has served in that post since 2003 and is term-limited from running for reelection.

"In a posting on her Facebook page Monday, Palin called Handel a reformer who will "strengthenā€¦families, businesses, state and, ultimately, our United States."

"Though considered an underdog candidate (more power to her!), this pro-life, pro-Constitutionalist with a can-do attitude and a record of fighting for ethics in government is ready to serve in the Governor's Office. She'll balance budgets and help spur Georgia's economy," Palin also wrote.

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soundoff (103 Responses)
  1. Tam

    Kiss of death? except maybe in the South? But there are thinking people there, too!

    July 13, 2010 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  2. American Patriot - a "real" tea partier

    Look, elections these days are simple - whoever Palin endorses, vote for the other person.

    July 13, 2010 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  3. Chad from Tampa

    Well if Sarah supports her then she will win. Palin is the most effective campaign contributor in the country.

    July 13, 2010 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  4. Debra

    Sarah Palin is a dangerous fraud. I'm a lifetime conservative and I would never vote for her.

    July 13, 2010 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  5. Rick McDaniel

    That's religion talking.......and religion doesn't belong in government. Oxendine is the wrong kind of person to be in charge.

    July 13, 2010 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  6. Rob

    "Sounds like a Liberal Democrat"??

    Sounds like a sane person.

    July 13, 2010 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  7. Ben in Texas

    As party purity becomes more and more the Repugnant mantra, it is interesting to watch the "ethical cleansing" going on in primary races. The race is to see who can be on the furthest edge of radical extremism, without falling off into absolute fascism. I fully expect some Repugnant hopeful to declare a fondness for the memory of Benito Mussolini at some point. Pretty soon, anyone who admits to ever having considered or thought about any political position other than the most extremist Christo-fascism will be subject to rejection by the party faithful.

    Meanwhile, the Repugnants will be so distracted by this that they will not notice the fact that their numbers are shrinking down to a pinpoint.

    July 13, 2010 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  8. American Patriot - a "real" tea partier

    Uh, guys? Supporting abortion rights is the right thing to do. Why do you think it's bad?

    July 13, 2010 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  9. AEK

    So I guess this is another in a long line of stories CNN publishes in order to get Sarah Palin's name in front of the public. Now if, and this is a BIG IF, the Alaska Quitter ever gets elected to another public office, are you going to sponsor that office like the big league sports teams sponsor their stadiums? "CNN, Official Sponsor of Anything Sarah Palin Does" Got a nice ring to it, don't ya think?

    July 13, 2010 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  10. shadysider

    Conservatives are nuts. She gets attacked for being in favor of equal rights for gay people? Hey lady....if you want to be constitutional, the tax breaks shouldn't be afforded to anyone. Us singles are being cheated by the system. As to the abortion thing, as a Republican they need to realize...it's cheaper to abort today what you have to support with welfare tomorrow.

    July 13, 2010 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  11. Mike

    Makes sense. They're both "equally intelligent" on the issues. Would love to see a policy debate between those two.

    July 13, 2010 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  12. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    "...Handel once supported abortion rights. "

    Excellent! The biggest reason I don't like the GOP any more is their unbelievably offensive insistence on cramming their narrow-minded, bible-thumping, self-righteous, pseudo-morality down everyone's throats. If Ms Handel is sensible enough to keep her religion out of her politics, great! I just wish more Republicans could do that.

    July 13, 2010 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  13. Randall in Torrance, CA - Look maw - no teeth!

    Wow, that says a lot. I'll bet everyone running for office would beg for an endorsement from the dumbest ex-governor and certainly the stupidest woman light weight fake politician on the planet.

    July 13, 2010 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  14. kate

    Just one Question. Why would anyone want Sarah Palin to endorse them? She is a know nothing.

    July 13, 2010 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  15. Sniffit

    So Palin doesn't like this woman and finally realized that her endorsements are th ekiss of death? Flippity floppity...

    July 13, 2010 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  16. Rob R

    Gotta hand it to the Barracuda...for a political "outsider", she really knows the slick-willy ways of politics. Endorse, get wins, make them indebted to you, and run for President....

    July 13, 2010 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  17. cel

    Sarah just hasn't learned to stay out of things she knows nothing about. She couldn't handle the trivial politics of Alaska and now she's telling Georgia folks how to vote. HMMM, time to shut up, sit down and stay home, Sarah.

    July 13, 2010 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  18. Rob

    she supports a woman's right to choose and benefits for gays? she sounds good to me so far!

    July 13, 2010 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  19. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    I love it when these fools turn on each other!

    July 13, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  20. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    WOW! Caribou Barbie backed someone who has backed abortion and gay rights! I bet her handlers are going ballistic on this one! Like I have been saying in this forum in the past. The Republicans are eating their young!
    Everyone is trying to sound so purist conservative that when the general elections campaigns start, all the Democratic opponents have to do is point out their flip-flops, just like the Nevada Senate Republican candidate who is now trying to disown all the statements on her website from when she was running for the nomination!
    Of course, I still think the "smack down" here in CT between Dick (maybe I wasn't in Vietnam) Blumenthal and Linda (it's not a sport, it's a soap opera) McMahon stands to be almost as entertaining as the Gong Show.

    July 13, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  21. Jilli

    I'll be doing my own fact check on the content of this ad. Sarah Palin has proven problems with the truth so I would also question the comments of the person she is supporting. I highly doubt the validity of the content of this ad at this point.

    Why does a nitwit like Palin get press? She and her moronic minions actually believe running the government, solving problems, and forming poliicy can be resolved in 140 character ghost-written tweets? There's nothing behind the curtain, too bad too many are too blind to see her cynicism and their own gullibility and stupidity.

    July 13, 2010 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  22. Darth Cheney

    Interesting strategy – Sarah Palin endorsed her, and SHE'S NOT CONSERVATIVE ENOUGH! Does Attila the Hun still do endorsements?

    July 13, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  23. Adam in Colorado

    CNN should just block off half of their website so that they can dedicate it to Sarah Palin. She could take a crap and CNN would be their with a reporter in the toilet.

    July 13, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  24. BeverlyNC

    Palin inserts herself where she is not wanted most of the time. She could care less about the candidates, she just wants to keep her name in the news.
    The GOP candidates should tell her right now to stay away or they are going to find themselves spending a lot of money to lose their seat in Congress.
    She is a loser and brings everyone around her down. Only nutjobs listen to her uneducated rantings.
    Notice now that the GOP has gotten all they can out of her and the tea baggers they are beginning to distance themsevles from them?? They know how badly they hurt their already long-shot chances of keeping seats in Congress.
    The Party of Dishonesty at work.

    July 13, 2010 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  25. mike

    that is the reason why Georgia will always be a hillbilly state and they
    are low on the economic food change of states in this country as long as they are more concern about personnel issues rather than economic that will benefits everyone its just another state most voters don't want to visit or live in remember ideas don't come from the bible thumpers of
    america but from people of all walks of life if these tea party idiots are
    so concern about government intervention in there lives why should
    they care about a personnel matters in abortion or gay rights do they
    think in there small little brains that they are going to change things
    if they hate gays then they should not be wearing there clothes they
    designed or so many other products that have made our lives better

    July 13, 2010 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
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