Karen Handel on Civil Rights



2010: Woman running for governor "raised some eyebrows"

Governor Purdue was term-limited, creating an open seat for governor in 2010. I formally announced my candidacy for governor that April. It would be a crowded, changing field.

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.

Source: Planned Bullyhood, by Karen Handel, p. 36-37 , Sep 11, 2012

Cultural outreach via Circle of Promise & Lazos Que Perduran

It was clear that general education and awareness grants were not high-impact programs. This is not to say that education and awareness are unimportant. Komen awarded millions for these types of grants--re-funding the same or similar programs year after year. Scores of grants--perhaps evens hundreds--focused on culturally appropriate education and outreach. But the quality and success of these programs varied greatly from community to community, and it was expensive to fund the creation of language-specific materials repeatedly. It made more sense to create a national library of these types of programs. Komen National would develop these programs, using proven strategies and the latest approaches. The Circle of Promise, geared toward African-American women, had already been launched, and Lazos que Perduran (Bonds That Last), to reach Latina women, would be next.
Source: Planned Bullyhood, by Karen Handel, p. 73-74 , Sep 11, 2012

"War on women" coined by feminist Left to attack Right

Planned Parenthood's rhetoric was growing more extreme in anticipation of the 2012 election cycle. In November 2011, Planned Parenthood launched WomenAreWatching.org, a militant site that is little more than a shill for the Democrats and their claim of a so-called war on women, a term coined by the feminist left to attack conservatives who oppose the liberal agenda, particularly on abortion.
Source: Planned Bullyhood, by Karen Handel, p.117-118 , Sep 11, 2012

Sponsored gay group event for Log Cabin Republicans

The runoff was just 20 days away. And the Gold Dome clique was nervous. I was talking about ethics reform--promising an end to their way of doing things. They rallied around Nathan Deal.

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.

Source: Planned Bullyhood, by Karen Handel, p. 47-48 , Sep 11, 2012

Enforce marriage as one man and one woman

Marriage is between a man and a woman only. To anyone who thinks otherwise, I say, "Bring it on."
Source: 2013 Senate campaign website, karenhandel.com, "Issues" , Aug 1, 2010

CC:Sexual preference is not a protected right.

Handel opposes the CC survey question on LGBT rights

The Christian Coalition Voter Guide inferred whether candidates agree or disagree with the statement, 'Make Sexual Preference a Protected Minority Status under Civil Rights Laws' Christian Coalition's self-description: "Christian Voter Guide is a clearing-house for traditional, pro-family voter guides. We do not create voter guides, nor do we interview or endorse candidates."

Source: Christian Coalition Surve 18CC-3 on Jul 1, 2018

2021-22 Governor, House and Senate candidates on Civil Rights: Karen Handel on other issues:
GA Gubernatorial:
Andrew Hunt
Brian Kemp
Casey Cagle
David Perdue
Hunter Hill
Jason Carter
Kandiss Taylor
Keisha Lance Bottoms
Nathan Deal
Shane Hazel
Stacey Abrams
Vernon Jones
GA Senatorial:
Allen Buckley
David Perdue
Derrick Grayson
Doug Collins
Ed Tarver
Jason Carter
Jim Barksdale
John Barrow
Johnny Isakson
Jon Ossoff
Kelly Loeffler
Matt Lieberman
Raphael Warnock
Shane Hazel
Ted Terry
Teresa Tomlinson
Tom Price
Valencia Stovall
Republican Freshman class of 2021:
AL-1: Jerry Carl(R)
AL-2: Barry Moore(R)
CA-8: Jay Obernolte(R)
CA-50: Darrell Issa(R)
CO-3: Lauren Boebert(R)
FL-3: Kat Cammack(R)
FL-15: Scott Franklin(R)
FL-19: Byron Donalds(R)
GA-9: Andrew Clyde(R)
GA-14: Marjorie Taylor Greene(R)
IA-2: Mariannette Miller-Meeks(R)
IA-4: Randy Feenstra(R)
IL-15: Mary Miller(R)
IN-5: Victoria Spartz(R)
KS-1: Tracey Mann(R)
KS-2: Jake LaTurner(R)
LA-5: Luke Letlow(R)
MI-3: Peter Meijer(R)
MI-10: Lisa McClain(R)
MT-0: Matt Rosendale(R)
NC-11: Madison Cawthorn(R)
NM-3: Teresa Leger Fernandez(D)
NY-2: Andrew Garbarino(R)
NY-22: Claudia Tenney(R)
OR-2: Cliff Bentz(R)
PR-0: Jenniffer Gonzalez-Colon(R)
TN-1: Diana Harshbarger(R)
TX-4: Pat Fallon(R)
TX-11: August Pfluger(R)
TX-13: Ronny Jackson(R)
TX-17: Pete Sessions(R)
TX-22: Troy Nehls(R)
TX-23: Tony Gonzales(R)
TX-24: Beth Van Duyne(R)
UT-1: Blake Moore(R)
VA-5: Bob Good(R)
WI-5: Scott Fitzgerald(R)
Incoming Democratic Freshman class of 2021:
CA-53: Sara Jacobs(D)
GA-5: Nikema Williams(D)
GA-7: Carolyn Bourdeaux(D)
HI-2: Kai Kahele(D)
IL-3: Marie Newman(D)
IN-1: Frank Mrvan(D)
MA-4: Jake Auchincloss(D)
MO-1: Cori Bush(D)
NC-2: Deborah Ross(D)
NC-6: Kathy Manning(D)
NY-15: Ritchie Torres(D)
NY-16: Jamaal Bowman(D)
NY-17: Mondaire Jones(D)
WA-10: Marilyn Strickland(D)

Republican takeovers as of 2021:
CA-21: David Valadao(R) defeated T.J. Cox(D)
CA-39: Young Kim(R) defeated Gil Cisneros(D)
CA-48: Michelle Steel(R) defeated Harley Rouda(D)
FL-26: Carlos Gimenez(R) defeated Debbie Mucarsel-Powell(D)
FL-27: Maria Elvira Salazar(R) defeated Donna Shalala(D)
IA-1: Ashley Hinson(R) defeated Abby Finkenauer(D)
MN-7: Michelle Fischbach(R) defeated Collin Peterson(D)
NM-2: Yvette Herrell(R) defeated Xochitl Small(D)
NY-11: Nicole Malliotakis(R) defeated Max Rose(D)
OK-5: Stephanie Bice(R) defeated Kendra Horn(D)
SC-1: Nancy Mace(R) defeated Joe Cunningham(D)
UT-4: Burgess Owens(R) defeated Ben McAdams(D)

Special Elections 2021-2022:
CA-22: replacing Devin Nunes (R, SPEL summer 2022)
FL-20: replacing Alcee Hastings (D, SPEL Jan. 2022)
LA-2: Troy Carter (R, April 2021)
LA-5: Julia Letlow (R, March 2021)
NM-1: Melanie Stansbury (D, June 2021)
OH-11: Shontel Brown (D, Nov. 2021)
OH-15: Mike Carey (R, Nov. 2021)
TX-6: Jake Ellzey (R, July 2021)
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