Weighing in on the race for Governor of the great state of Georgia, Governor Mitt Romney has endorsed former Secretary of State Karen Handel.
Romney released a statement yesterday (7/21/10):
A successful businesswoman and public servant, Karen Handel’s blend of executive, political, and business experience is just what Georgia needs at this critical time. The leadership skills that she has honed in both the private and public sectors will enable her to make tough decisions and enact the reforms needed to get the economy back on track and foster job creation,” said Romney.
Romney’s Free and Strong America PAC donated $1,000 to her campaign.
Sarah Palin has also endorsed Ms. Handel.
An August 10th runoff election pits Handel against U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal. Deal has been endorsed by Newt Gingrich. From Wall Street Journal:
JULY 20, 2010 Rough Republican Runoff Set in Governor’s Race
ATLANTA — Georgia voters set the stage for a tumultuous fall gubernatorial race in which Roy Barnes, a Democratic former governor, threatens to wrest the office back from Republicans in a staunchly conservative Southern state.
Former Secretary of State Karen Handel and former U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal are headed for the Aug. 10 runoff for the Republican nomination, according to the Associated Press. The three-week runoff will likely be dominated by a continued brawl over who is more conservative on immigration, abortion and gay rights.
Ms. Handel had 33% of the vote to Mr. Deal’s 24%, in unofficial results. They both led former state Senate President Eric Johnson, who had 20%, and the race’s former favorite, Georgia Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine, who had 17%. Mr. Barnes handily won the Democratic nomination, beating the attorney general, among others.