With an endorsement from Sarah Palin, Karan Handel, the leading GOP candidate in the Georgia gubernatorial race has continued full speed ahead with her campaign.
Handel has not been derailed by accusations and investigations into her campaign finances by the State Ethics Commission. Nor has she been slowed down by the lack of an endorsement from the Georgia Right-to -Life or the Susan B. Anthony list. However, the final nail in the coffin that contains her campaign may be the video of her talking with Doug Richards of 11 Alive about gay marriage.
Handel was asked by Richards to explain a check she wrote to the Log Cabin Republicans, an organization within the Republican Party that is specifically for gay men and women who consider themselves Republican. She has also attended an event they hosted in the past. Handel replied that she was merely running a comprehensive campaign and that her check to the organization was a “sponsorship” check. Politifact has investigated Handel’s involvement with the Log Cabin Republicans and found that she was listed on their membership list from 2002 to 2004. This backed up by the actual membership registers, a statement from the president of the organization at the time and various newspaper articles at the time.
Richards grilled Handel for almost five minute about her views on gay marriage and whether or not gay couples should be allowed to adopt children. A very visibly upset and unnerved Handel responded to most of the questions, but ultimately refused to continue when asked if she felt that single parents were any worse or better than gay parents were.
From the clip of the interview with Richards we can assess that Handel’s views of gay people are that they are unfit to be parents, should not be allowed to marry (because it is “not what God intended”) and that children should only be raised by one man and one women and only if they are married. (In the interview with Richards, Handel stated, “I think that for a child to be in a household — in a family in a household with a situation where the parents are not married, as in one man and one woman, is not the best household for a child.”)
As if that was not enough, Handel has also been denied the coveted endorsement of the Georgia Right-to-life and the Susan B. Anthony List because of her “liberal” view of abortion. In conservative speak this means that she is not against all abortions. By her own admission, Handel believes that there are cases where abortion may be necessary in order to save the life of the mother. This is against most right-to-life groups stated beliefs. As such, Handel had been shunned by the pro-life organizations.
Finally, Handel is being investigated by the State Ethics Commission for her acceptance of contributions totaling more than $6,100. Her campaign claims that it is merely an accounting mistake. Ironically, word of the investigation came on the same day her attack ads came out claiming that her Republican counterparts had “iffy ethics.”