Georgia Senate candidate Karen Handel, right, and Sarah Palin. (Credit: wsbtv.com.)
Updated 4:51 p.m.
The Georgia political scene heated up this week, and not just because Sarah Palin came to the Atlanta area to campaign for a candidate.
Seems Palin, the 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate, showed up to rally support for Karen Handel, who is seeking the GOP nomination for the Georgia U.S. Senate race.
Palin’s backing came after one of Handel’s rivals, David Perdue, was captured on video as dissing Handel’s lack of a college degree.
“There’s a high school graduate in this race, OK? I’m sorry, but these issues are so much broader, so complex,” Perdue said, according to wsbtv.com.
Palin said in Atlanta of Handel: “She pulled herself up. Nothing was handed to her on a platter, fed to her on a silver spoon. For those who would criticize and mock that, it really makes me question their judgment.”
And things also got contentious when Handel called out Michelle Nunn, a Democratic candidate for the same U.S. Senate seat.
“I would really love to see (Democratic hopeful) Michelle Nunn drop the ‘war on women’ on me,” Handel said to big applause at a luncheon with Palin for a county Republican women’s group. Handel gained notoriety as the former Susan G. Komen for the Cure executive at the center of a public outcry over the breast cancer charity’s decision, later reversed, to cut off funding for Planned Parenthood.
Will things get even more heated in the race to succeed Saxby Chambliss? Stay tuned.
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