Last week, Karen Handel attempted to jump ship from the Georgia GOP’s ethical Titantic. Handel said it was time for a “radical change” at the Gold Dome. I couldn’t agree with her more. Unfortunately for Handel, she’s a big part of the problem. Questionable contributions and gifts, received as recently as last year, contradict Karen Handel‘s claim that she is the most ethical Republican candidate for governor. As Chair of the Fulton County Commission, Handel received thousands in campaign cash from corporations with business before the Commission.
For example, Handel received a contribution from a construction company executive in 2005 while Chair of the Fulton County Commission. Four months later, the executive’s company, Unique Design and Construction, received approval for a zoning modification from Handel and the Commission. Many other beneficiaries of Karen Handel‘s actions on the Fulton County Commission gave campaign contributions of up to $10,000. In fact, Handel received $10,000 from Fourth Quarter Properties, the real estate company involved in a notoriously shady land deal with her old boss, Sonny Perdue.
It’s hard to believe that Karen Handel is shocked by the Republican revolving door of money and politics considering how she helped keep it moving as an elected official. It’s time for Karen Handel to step up and admit that she was just as much a part of the culture of corruption as John Oxendine or Glenn Richardson. Instead, Karen Handel will receive a much deserved place on our website exposing Georgia GOP corruption: whotheyrepresent.com.
The Democratic Party of Georgia is committed to ethical leadership in the Capitol and throughout Georgia. You can keep track of us online at our Facebook or Twitter pages. We are working to bring new leadership to the Peach State that will ensure that working families don’t get stiffed by corrupt politicians.
(Kidd, a former state representative, chairs the Democratic Party of Georgia)