Karen Handel, the Republican candidate for Georgia’s 6th Congressional District, said Tuesday that she does “not support a livable wage.” Among the questions posed to Handel and Democrat Jon Ossoff during a televised debate was whether they favor of a minimum wage increase. Ossoff, who came just shy of receiving enough votes in the April primary to avoid a June 20 runoff against Handel, said he does — that “the minimum wage should be a livable wage.” “Look, if somebody’s working a 40-hour workweek, they deserve the kind of standard of living that Americans expect,” Ossoff said. “That’s part of the American dream, and there are too many folks having trouble making ends meet.” Handel followed up by saying the issue is “an example of the fundamental difference between a liberal and a conservative.”
This might fly under the radar for most Americans, but the run-off election for Georgia’s 6th Congressional District is far more significant than one might think. The Republican candidate, Karen Handel, represents yet another trip down Donald Trump’s rabbit hole. She’s a compassion-deprived Far Right-wing ideologue more committed to Big Business than those who would be her constituents. How else might one explain her clear and unambiguous statement? “I do not support a livable wage” is about the most tone-deaf utterance imaginable from a candidate not known for her humanity or charisma.
Handel’s approach to her opponent demonstrates just how bereft of idea, compassion, and perspective she really is:
Handel repeatedly linked Ossoff to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), saying his “values are nearly 3,000 miles away in San Francisco.” Ossoff described Handel as “another career politician” and grilled her with questions related to her 2012 resignation from the nonprofit Susan G. Komen for the Cure in fallout over efforts to stop grants to Planned Parenthood.
Jon Ossoff, the Democratic candidate, represents a turn away from the ignorance, racism, and reaction responsible for Donald Trump sitting behind the big desk in the White House. He seems to understand far better than Handel that the job of a Congressman is to represent the people of their district.
Handel, who almost single-handedly destroyed the Susan G. Komen Foundation (she’s the reason I refuse to donate money to Komen), makes up for her lack of ideas with a carefully-honed meanness of spirit. Her campaign sent out a fundraising appeal which claimed “She also worked…to prevent Atlanta leftists from stealing votes.”
Nothing like a little cheap, incendiary red-baiting to inflame the passions of the sheeple, eh?
Handel has also complained about efforts to make voting in Georgia accessible to as many people as possible. Evidently, her philosophy is to make certain only the “right” people (i.e.– Conservative White Christians) are allowed to exercise their franchise.
How will Republicans ensure only the “right” people (i.e.– themselves) are elected?
Handel contends the livable wage question is “an example of the fundamental difference between a liberal and a conservative.” She’s right…in the sense it shows the GOP is far more committed to the interests of the already wealthy and powerful than the interests of everyday Americans. I don’t know that she could have more starkly illustrated the difference if she’d been trying.
Ossoff at least seems intent on making it clear that compassion and/or concern for the well-being of the people of the 6th District aren’t signs of personal and political weakness. It should be what drives a Congressman and indeed every public servant. I don’t know much about Ossoff, but I’ve been acquainted with Handel’s gross malfeasance and corruption since she almost sunk Komen in 2012. Outside of being corrupt and thoroughly self-absorbed, Handel could suck the joy out of a screaming orgasm.
If there’s one thing I do know, it’s that Karen Handel shouldn’t be allowed to manage Dairy Queen…much less be allowed to place “Congresswoman” before her name. Georgians (and Americans) deserve better.