The only female Georgia GOP candidate for U.S. Senate Karen Handel launched a new website today to highlight the dysfunction of Washington and why three of her Republican opponents, all current congressmen, have contributed to “ridiculous things that happen only in Washington.”
“Our country faces tremendous challenges. Sadly, nothing ever changes in Washington because the same career politicians are more concerned about the next election than solving our nation’s problems,” said Handel on the new website www.onlyinwashingtondc.com. “On primary day the 3 congressmen in this race will have spent a combined 42 years in Washington. 42 years? That’s just way too long! We need a proven conservative outsider, with a record of achieving conservative results. Someone who will have the courage to take on the tough issues and put solving our nation’s problems ahead of the next election.”
The website will track the most ridiculous things, according to Handel, that only happen in Washington over the next 42 days. She is also asking supporters to donate $42 and send tips on what they consider ridiculous Washington behavior.
Handel served as secretary of state from 2007 until 2010, when she resigned to run for Georgia governor.
Currently she is running to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga).
Clearly, Handel’s agenda is to position herself as the Washington outsider, determined to change the way that Washington works (or doesn’t work). Her opponents Reps. Paul Broun (R-Ga-10), Phil Gingrey (R-Ga-11) and Jack Kingston (R-Ga-01) are all current members of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Kingston, who first came to Washington exactly 20 years ago in 1993, is the longest serving among the three congressmen.
Handel could receive some special aid from the Republican Party in 2014, considering the recent push in the GOP to elect more women.
Georgia Republicans believe the 2014 primary will be most challenging for them, and they expect the general election to be more of a formality in the conservative state.