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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Sarah Palin endorses Karen Handel in Senate race

Karen Handel

Karen Handel

The world’s most famous hockey mom endorsed Georgia Senate candidate Karen Handel last week.

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who was the GOP’s vice presidential candidate in 2008, sent out a message of support for Handel’s U.S. Senate race, where she is one of seven Republicans hoping to replace Saxby Chambliss.

“Margaret Thatcher often said: ‘If you want something said, ask a man. If you want something done, ask a woman.’ This quote rings true in the U.S. Senate race in Georgia in more ways than one,” Palin said. “This year’s elections are about who we send to Washington to help restore our country after six years of a disastrous administration. It’s not about who has the best rhetoric, the loudest voice, or the best TV ads. It’s about who we trust to keep their word to fight for conservative principles and grow our movement at the same time. In the U.S. Senate race in Georgia, Karen Handel is just that candidate.”

Palin talked about Handel’s work as Fulton Commission chairwoman and Georgia’s first Republican secretary of state, as well as her advocacy for protecting life as a former executive of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

“Voters need to look carefully at a candidate’s record. Look beyond the flashy campaign ads of establishment candidates and the bombastic rhetoric of candidates who claim to be the most conservative in the race. Listen to what Karen says in her debates and candidate forums, and you’ll hear a true conservative leader who can win in November,” Palin said. “This Georgia Senate race is very important to the Democrats and has long-term repercussions for 2016 as Democrats test the waters to see if they can win big in a red state with a woman candidate. That is why the GOP needs a strong contender like Karen Handel. She is the conservative candidate who can win this race and hold this seat for the GOP.

“GOP voters in Georgia have many choices if they want something said, but Karen Handel is the only choice if we want something done. Karen will get the job done,” Palin added.

Brown kicks off campaign

A spate of Gwinnett leaders, including the state representative he hopes to succeed, helped kick off Michael Brown’s campaign for House last week.

More than 60 community leaders attended Thursday’s event at Adam’s Restaurant in Buford. The event’s hosts included Sheriff Butch Conway, Commissioner Tommy Hunter, state Sen. Renee Unterman, state Reps. Timothy Barr, Buzz Brockway, Josh Clark and Brett Harrell and Buford Commission Chair Phillip Beard.

Brown, a Buford business owner, will square off against Gwinnett Tea Party co-leader David Hancock in the May 20 Republican primary for the District 98 seat Clark is vacating.

“I am overwhelmed by the support I have received from so many of Gwinnett’s leaders and elected officials along with the many residents who have reached out to me since announcing my campaign,” Brown said. “The residents of District 98 have been well represented by Rep. Clark’s conservative leadership over the past four years. I look forward to bringing those same conservative values and principles to the district as your state representative.”

Political Notebook appears in the Thursday and Sunday editions of the Gwinnett Daily Post.

Camie Young can be reached via email at camie.young@gwinnettdailypost.com.

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