Republican Karen Handel has had some high-profile visitors to help her campaign to become the Congresswoman from Georgia’s 6th District including Vice President Mike Pence and House Speaker Paul Ryan.
This weekend, according to the AJC’s Political Insider, Georgia’s own Sonny Perdue and Tom Price will be featured guests at a campaign rally for Handel this Saturday at 9:30a at the Peachtree-DeKalb Airport.
As the AJC points out, cabinet members are allowed under the Hatch Act to engage in political activities as long as they aren’t using their official titles…hence, “special guests”.
With a tight race, the appearance of both Perdue and Price at the GAGOP-sponsored rally is a campaign push to help energize the Republican base of the suburban Atlanta District before next Tuesday’s election:
But this one holds a more local flair for voters of the suburban district. Price won the seat in 2004 and notched commanding victories every two years until Trump tapped him as his health secretary. Perdue, now the agriculture secretary, was elected in 2002 the state’s first Republican governor since Reconstruction.
Tom Price was popular in his district. He and Handel are friends, but he hasn’t dipped his toe into the race since his appointment by President Donald Trump. The visit looks to capitalize on that popularity as the big push comes to get Handel over the finish line Tuesday night.