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"Over Coffee" Expresso

Karen Handel speaking with voters at Lilburn Days last Fall.
Karen Handel speaking with voters at Lilburn Days last Fall.


Karen Handel is running a great race for U.S. Senate. 

   Karen Handel, 51, former Georgia Secretary of State, is my choice, hands down, to replace Saxby Chambliss in the U.S. Senate. Chambliss is leaving after 20 years in Washington, four terms in the U.S. House and two terms in the U.S. Senate.  Looking at a list published in the AJC on September 6, 2013, there are a whopping dozen candidates vying for this U.S. Senate job, seven on the Republican side and five on the Democrat side. Hopefully, some of the marginal candidates will have effectively dropped out by now. They need to. Voters have been confused long enough by this ridiculously long slate of Georgia senatorial candidates. 

   I heard Karen Handel speak at the South Gwinnett Rotary Club on January 9th and was impressed yet again by her matter-of-fact, common-sense message about how we can remedy the very poor results we have been handed from our representatives in Washington. Karen told the Rotarians, “It isn’t rocket science!”  It takes a clear vision of where this country needs to be and a strong will to make the obvious changes that will, over time, get us there. It will also take an attitude of always serving the best interests of America over the best interests of the legislators themselves. Personally, I believe that interesting concept is a huge “elephant in the room” problem and one that has not sufficiently claimed my attention in the past. Now, I am latched onto it like a tractor beam!

  Rightly or wrongly,  I have become seriously disenchanted by the “career politicians,” even the ones I really like. Limited terms of office may have drawbacks, too, but I'm ready to try that; surely it can't be worse than the "career" terms.  Others appear to feel the same way. I am hearing from many directions that "career politicians are so over."  I think their re-election focus has helped to encumber our country’s prosperity and steady movement forward. What I am seeing in Washington is alarming to me...not good results! As I view the election cycles, which are now melding into each other with seemingly no pause for rest from fund-raising, I can see that the most visible thing about politicians these days is their incessant trolling for campaign contributions. I’m finding this hugely offensive. With the facility of the social media that most of us have now, I am wondering why politicians need to raise such heaping piles of money to keep their job. Getting their message out should be cheaper than it has ever been. Political fund-raising is year-round, all the time.  Is this not so?

   Karen Handel has four serious opponents on the Republican side. Paul Broun, 67, has been in Congress for seven years; Phil Gingrey, 71, has been in Congress for 11 years; Jack Kingston, 58, has been in Congress for 21 years; and David Perdue, Sonny Perdue’s cousin, hasn’t held elective office before. You can check my numbers on Wikipedia.

  The Georgia Primary Election is coming up on May 20, 2014. It will be here before we know it. I’ve done my research, met all of the Republican candidates with the exception of Mr. Yu and Mr. Grayson, who didn’t show up anywhere I was, and listened to the stump speeches of those who did show up at the various venues. My choice was an easy one.

I’m trusting Karen Handel with my vote.


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