Karen Handel, former Republican candidate for Governor in the state of Georgia, will be speaking for the first time after being strangely quiet over the past two months. She will be speaking at Pocketbook Politics, high above downtown Atlanta in the Kilpatrick Stockton offices located at 1100 Peachtree Street. The event is scheduled to begin at 11:30 am on Friday, October 22, 2010 with a networking reception. Following the reception there will be a luncheon and program at noon that will last until 1:00 pm. This is when Handel will speak to the group. Tickets were still available as of Tuesday, October 19, 2010 and can be purchased through Pocketbook Politics’ website. Prices were $25 for members and $35 for non-members.
What is Pocketbook Politics?
Pocketbook Politics is an Atlanta group of upscale, professional women who want to see more women involved within Georgia politics, but also at all levels of government. They host luncheons and forums in the city to draw more attention to what is happening in government and how it influences women. According to Pocketbook Politics, their “vision is to create an organization that will provide a voice for Georgia professional women and engage them in the political process to influence policy at all levels of government.”
Pocketbook Politics goes further and say that their “mission is to educate and inform Georgia professional women on the principles of limited government and free markets. We believe that women entrepreneurs and professionals can best succeed in business when they are free from government restraint and excessive taxation. We work to promote public policy that is pro-business and pro-growth through issue advocacy, research, training, and educational activities.”
Karen Handel is a Voice Many Georgians Want to Hear
The Republican vote between Karen Handel and Nathan Deal was so close that many Republican voters thought there should have been a re-count, but Handel opted out of that and endorsed Deal. She trailed him by only around 2,500 votes. After Deal secured the Republican nod to go against Democrat Roy Barnes, a series of corruption and personal finance disasters were revealed about Nathan Deal. Everything from ‘forgetting’ to mention millions in bank loans and a personal life teetering on the edge of bankruptcy to ethics violations involving using his clout as a member of Congress to secure state contracts without bidding.
So many Georgians have wondered, including me, where Handel stands on this issue. If she had known that Deal, who resigned from Congress to run for Governor was facing such a multitude of charges, would she have folded in to dismissing the recount? According to Pocketbook Politics, she will be telling about what she has learned from women all around the country and the main questions she will be addressing are:
• What do women look for in candidates and elected officials?
• What financial roadmap do women want for our country?
• What are the critical economic issues facing Georgia?
• How women voters can know if a candidate is truly a fiscal conservative?
I, for one, really believed in some of the messages she was sending back before the primary and the runoff. I felt, as a woman, she really had a chance of defeating Barnes in the November 2, 2010 General Election. Handel was like a breath of fresh air in Georgia politics. Yet when the good ole boy network of the GOP in Georgia endorsed Deal and the recount did not take place, Barnes went after the female voter demographic and appears to be making some progress, with groups like Republicans for Roy and Women for Roy popping up across the state. I am interested in hearing how far she will go in endorsing the seriously corrupt Deal, and if she will touch on this subject. I was upset that she lost and the Republican Party did not rally behind her, when she was clearly the superior candidate. It solidified my vote in the other direction.
Sources: Pocketbook Politics, Roy Barnes for Governor: Women for Roy, AJC Political Insider with Jim Galloway