A day before Tuesday’s Georgia GOP Senate primary, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said that the “good old boys” in Georgia’s and D.C.’s establishments are attacking Senate candidate and former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel because they fear conservative change.
“There is a reason the good old boys are ganging up on Karen – she threatens their status quo. They know that she will shake it up in Washington,” Palin wrote in a Monday Facebook post. “Change scares them, and that is why they’ve tossed everything including the kitchen sink her way. In Washington she will bring positive conservative change just like she did in Georgia, and she won’t be afraid to call them like she sees them.”
Noting that “conservatives across Georgia are rallying behind Karen’s campaign,” Palin said that “Republicans in Georgia have the opportunity to send a strong message to Washington” by voting for Handel. Palin said that “voters in the gorgeous Peach State 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.”
That was a reference to Margaret Thatcher, whom Palin quoted when endorsing Handel: “If you want something said, ask a man. If you want something done, ask a woman.”
After Palin endorsed her, Handel has surged from fifth to a battle for second with Rep. Jack Kingston even though she has been outspent by millions on the airwaves. Moderate businessman David Perdue has been the frontrunner even though conservatives have wondered if they can trust a candidate who had not voted in GOP primaries in the past and denigrated Georgians and Americans without college degrees by saying they are not qualified to be legislators.
“This year’s elections are about who we send to Washington to help restore our country after six years of a disastrous administration.,” Palin said. “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 the conservative movement at the same time.”
She urged voters to “look carefully at a candidate’s record” and “beyond the flashy campaign ads of establishment candidates and the bombastic rhetoric of candidates who claim to be the most conservative in the race.”
In an appearance on Breitbart News Sunday, Handel also emphasized that Democrats would not be able to use the “war on women” and the “income inequality” cards on her during a potential general election matchup with Democrat Michelle Nunn.
If no candidate gets more than 50% of the vote on Tuesday, the top two will go to a runoff election in July.