Karen Handel on Civil Rights
My decision was cheered--and criticized. Many were enthusiastic about my reform-minded, no-nonsense approach. Others said I was overly ambitious--my rise up the political ladder was too quick. I was only 49, so what was the rush? Interestingly, these criticisms had not been raised about the lieutenant governor, who is 4 years younger than I, when he decided to run just 2 years into his first term. And while it was fine for a woman to be secretary of state, a woman running for governor raised eyebrows.
At the same time, I was being hammered on the abortion issue, and I was being called pro-gay. I had spoken to the gay Republican group Log Cabin Republicans and had sponsored one of their events during an earlier campaign for the Fulton County commission. Deal had his opening to question my conservative values.
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Special elections in 2017 (Democrats):
CA-34:Gomez(D; elected June 6)
Newly-elected Democrats seated Jan.2017:
Special elections in 2017 (Republicans):
KS-4:Estes(R; elected April 11)
GA-6:Handel(R; elected June 20)
MT-0:Gianforte(R; elected May 25)
SC-5:Norman(R; elected June 20)
Newly-elected Republicans seated Jan.2017: