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22 October 2010

ICYMI: Karen Handel Endorsed Nathan Deal Way Back In August

In case you missed it, way back in August, former GOP gubernatorial candidate Karen Handel sent an email to her supporters urging them to "rally around Congressman Deal . . . in the fight against Roy Barnes." [Walker, Andre (2010-8-11). BREAKING: Handel Concedes Election, Endorses Deal. Georgia Politics Unfiltered. Retrieved on 2010-10-22.]

Despite this email from Karen Handel, the mainstream media (MSM) insists on ginning up a controversy that isn't there by constantly suggesting that Karen Handel is not 100% behind Nathan Deal and the rest of the Georgia Republican ticket [Galloway, Jim (2010-10-22). Karen Handel: ‘I support the ticket.’ But no mention of Nathan Deal. Political Insider (AJC). Retrieved on 2010-10-22.].

So to keep the mainstream media honest, below is the August 11, 2010 email from Karen Handel endorsing Nathan Deal for governor. Let's hope this two-month-old email will give the MSM something else to write about.

I want to thank all of my friends, supporters, volunteers and my campaign team for a tremendous effort over the last 16 months. We ran a terrific campaign, beat the odds to come in first place in the Primary, and came so very close in the runoff election.

As of this morning, we are four tenths of a percentage point behind Nathan Deal with absentee ballots and overseas military votes yet to be counted. We certainly have the option of requesting the automatic statewide recount.

But we are not going to do that.

The best thing for our party is to rally around Congressman Deal as our nominee in the fight against Roy Barnes. Barnes would return Georgia to a past that is best kept in our rearview mirror. We must marshal all of our resources to defeat him.

I spoke with Nathan this morning and let him know that I endorse his candidacy and look forward to the fight against Barnes. I have also called on all who were supporting me to give their same commitment and energy to Nathan.

I thank the people of Georgia for the opportunity to serve them and for allowing me to interview for the job of Governor. This was an amazing journey, and the friendships that Steve and I made enriched our lives immeasurably. I look forward to finding a way to serve this great state in the future.