Former three-term Georgia Republican Party chair Sue Everhart today announced her endorsement of Karen Handel in the U. S. Senate race to replace Saxby Chambliss. Everhart, who served a record three terms as the GAGOP chair, cited Handel's record of standing by her principles through good times and bad.
Handel has been polling amongst the top three in the race, trading spots often with Paul Broun and Jack Kingston at the top. Phil Gingrey has been close behind, while David Perdue and other candidates have been in the second tier of candidate polling.
Everhart's full statement, sent via e-mail this morning to supporters, is below.
For the past 6 years, it was my honor to serve you as Chairman of the Georgia Republican Party. Today, it is my honor to enthusiastically put my full support behind Karen Handel for United States Senate.
Having known Karen and Steve for many years, I have every confidence in her. Karen Handel will be the conservative fighter we need so desperately in Washington. I know that Karen will continue to hold our Party's principles dear to her heart. And unlike a lot of folks in Washington, Karen has a record of standing by those principles in good times and bad.
Karen comes from the grassroots. She's one of us -- and she won't forget it. We have the opportunity to elect a conservative woman that will be accountable to us and not the broken system in Washington. What's wrong in Washington will not be solved by Congressmen that have spent over 40 years in Congress."
Everhart was first elected GAGOP chair in 2007, and served until this past May at the conclusion of her third term.