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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  1. sinpolitica

    Seems Ms Palin should be careful.

    She does not have any credibility. She wasted the Alaska's citizens' money and time after she unceremoniously quit the governor's office after less than 2 years in order to take advantage of the millions she could make on making speeches on subjects too difficult for her to comprehend.

    She leveraged the governship to advance her own agenda at Alaska's expense. I could understand if she had been governing for several terms or even one full term but she turned her back on public service which she claimed it was what she wanted to do.

    To me she is a carpetbagger, a person who smears the Republican party ala Tom DeLay or worse, Jack Abramson.

    An individual running for any public office should have more integrity and moral fiber than what Sarah has brought to the table.

    July 13, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  2. Awaal Oastad

    How ugly witch Sarah Palin looks like!!! I cannot believe that so many Americans wanted to elect this almost-uneducated and ugly lady for VP of this great US – unbelievable. Oh well, blind leads the blind!!!



    July 13, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  3. A disillusioned Republican

    Who really cares who little Miss Roundheels is endorsing?

    July 13, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  4. John

    Sarah Palin is such a self promoting piece of trash.

    July 13, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  5. Not All Docs Play Golf

    The more Palin is on the scene with her low-intelligence yada-yada-yada, the more she makes the Republicans (and their subsidiary, the Tea party) look like the fringe extremists that they have indeed become. That element is viewed with increasing unease by middle America, and for good reason. Can you close your eyes and envision them really in charge of the country? The John Birch Society would have welcomed the present day Republicans, as they have indeed moved to the extreme.

    July 13, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  6. Nick , California

    "She gave almost a half-million dollars to an abortion provider. And supported tax-payer benefits for gay couples. Sounds like a liberal Democrat."

    Sounds like a considerate and fair person to me! I love how the litmus test Republicans are so far Right their true "Christian" values of "your either with me or against me" comes through!! NOBODY HAS THE RIGHT TO TELL ME HOW TO LIVE MY LIFE!!... Hence the pursuit of happiness! I'm sick of the Republicans telling us who the "REAL" Americans are!!! If you love this country so much why do you seek to destroy it and divide the people by constantly tearing down the presidency and undermining our confidence in our our system of law and Government??!!! This will certainly divide our great nation and will be our downfall.. all for status,power and money... I guess somethings will never change!

    July 13, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  7. Thomas

    I like how they eat their own.

    July 13, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  8. ART

    Sarah Palin is a boil on the butt of humanity. Oh and by the way the phrase is ass backwards you moron

    July 13, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  9. Frank in valparaiso indiana

    Stupid Republicans, Planned Parenthood does counseling on family planning. You don't want abortions, better use contraceptives. Palin obviously dropped the aspirin she was holding between her knees, as did her kid. Or maybe the brass band was off key.

    July 13, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  10. Erik

    Palin is one confused mommy...

    July 13, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  11. Give Respect When Its Due

    A as registered GOPer in GA, its sad that someone with moderate views get blasted by people who are prejudiced. I thought we were all created equally but I guess that doesn't apply when you are a right wind lunatic who thinks that being gay is a mortal sin. News flash, not everyone believes in your god.

    Also Oxendine has a lot of room to talk since he is being investigated for ethic violations in two different decades.

    July 13, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  12. WBN

    This is what politicians do–they decide whom they want to support. The person they don't support is always disappointed. Palin did this in CA where she backed Fiorini. Palin's more of a thinker than the media has portrayed her, and more of one than lots of libreal pols who always walk the party line. Go Sarah, speak your mind–while the constitution is still interpreted that way by enough of us (but its changing fast).

    July 13, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  13. Engineer in Raleigh

    Republicans just can't resist bashing gays, can they?

    The sad thing is, once it becomes "acceptable", they'll be saying they were the original champions of gay rights... And GOP voters will believe them.

    ...Kind of like they do now when they claim that they were responsible for the Civil Rights movement, while conveniently ignoring the fact that the GOP became the home for racists as a result of the "southern strategy" that drove racist, southern dems to the GOP back in the '60s and '70s.

    July 13, 2010 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  14. Carol

    I doubt that Palin "reads up" on the people she endorses.

    July 13, 2010 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  15. Kahuna

    I guess this is what the GOP has become these days: "She has failed the litmus test of a true conservative (however I define it for this moment). Burn her at the stake.

    July 13, 2010 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  16. David

    The Devil Wears Prada = Palin

    July 13, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  17. Tony

    Awww. that Sarah. Always good for some controversy.

    July 13, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  18. Bertina

    Only to Southerners and Tea Party ditto heads does a moderate Republican look bad.

    July 13, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  19. Diane

    Anyone Palin supports is a bad choice of candidate. Palin is a trouble maker and a poser. She is just intent to keep her 15 minutes of fame going so she can make money off the ignorant people who support her. She has no ideas to help the country,only slogans and silly comments come out of her mouth.

    July 13, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  20. Chris

    Would the ticker still exist without Sarah Palin? Does a tree make a sound when it falls if there is nobody there to hear it?

    July 13, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  21. dwight huth

    It would seem that Sarah Palin is looking for more avenues to write books on versus actually trying to be a leader. She continues to talk about abortion and how she is against the act. But if everyone remembers she did abort her last term in office thus leaving behind the people in Alaska to fend for theirself. She flies a double standard and only wants people to not have abortions so that she can have more people on her side. Although abortion is horrible sometimes it is necessary to either save the mothers life or the infants life instead of losing both lives to complications due the pregnancy. Palin would want you to believe that her god either chose to save both or neither which in retrospect shows that Pallin is more inclined to want to have someone aborted so that medical procedures cannot be used to save either life. After all if you remove the l from her name what you have left is PAIN.

    July 13, 2010 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  22. kd

    Never vote Republican and stay the hell away from Georgia. And Alaska.

    These politicians are nuts.

    July 13, 2010 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  23. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Palin going where she has no understanding or real need to go. Just because someone supports legal abortion and benefits for same sex couples doesn't mean she is a liberal and doesn't mean these positions are wrong. There are groups that support many of the fiscal covervative policies that Republicans claim that they support that support homosexuals like the Pink Pistols and the Log Cabin Republicans. Palin can't support other people that don't share 100% of what she does. That is narrow minded.

    July 13, 2010 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  24. BG

    So a democrat is mad that she supported "gay rights" and abortion?

    July 13, 2010 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  25. Lynne

    Looks like Palin is trying to play all sides in anticipation of running for 2012 presidential office. I notice she hasn't fully aligned with the Tea Party as who knows if they'll still be around then and, if so, what their reputation will be?

    July 13, 2010 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
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