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

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