Republican Karen Handel Says Georgia Doesn't Need A Livable Wage

Elias Hubbard
June 9, 2017

During that gubernatorial race, Handel was criticized for falsely claiming she had not been a part of Georgia Log Cabin Republicans, a membership that she has apparently tried to play down after having previously courted LGBTQ voters while running for a spot on the Fulton County Commission in 2002. Handel finished a distant second to Ossoff, but the Republican vote was split among many candidates.

As CNN reports, Karen Handel described her stance on a livable wage as one of the fundamental differences between liberals and conservatives, adding that she simply does not support legislation that forces employers to adhere to a government-mandated minimum wage. "I do not support a livable wage".

"[I want] an economy that is robust with low taxes and regulation."
It shows nearly no cross-over on the flip side; only 3 percent of Democrats say they're backing Handel. Handel has raised money with Trump.

Ossoff, who frames himself as a centrist despite his support from the grassroots left nationally, answered the question cautiously himself.

The two were pressed on where they would break from their parties' most recent presidents. It's that mandate, she said, that she opposes.

Progressives for months have seen the Georgia race as their best opportunity to rebuke Trump.

Republicans have held the seat in the Atlanta suburbs since former House Speaker Newt Gingrich took it over in 1979.

The findings show Ossoff has an enormous lead over Handel among women, leading 60-34.

Tuesday's televised debate between the two candidates, though, certainly gave Ossoff some material to work with as he tries to widen the gap between them. In her own words, Handel, who has enjoyed campaign support from none other than Paul Ryan, stated that she does "not support a livable wage". He's registered in a nearby district where he lives with his fiancee. "I have never been a go-along to get-along", said Handel.

Ossoff, though, repeatedly pointed out what independent fact-checkers have found: The GOP bill would weaken protections for those with pre-existing conditions by allowing states to opt out of rules that prohibit insurers from charging those with pre-existing conditions more.

Handel and Ossoff are embroiled in an expensive special election that has become a proxy for national political dynamics. She resigned as vice president from the breast cancer non-profit in the face of backlash from the organization's decision to cut funding for Planned Parenthood.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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