Republican gubernatorial candidates: former U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal (left), and, former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel (right). Photo: John Carrington, Savannah Morning News
Republican gubernatorial candidates: former U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal (left), and, former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel (right). Photo: John Carrington, Savannah Morning News

The highest public office in Georgia is under the Gold Dome, and it is to be held by the next duly elected Governor. It is important that the person who holds this position understands the sacred trust that is put in to their hands. The service rendered is the power of the sword as defined by the Georgia Constitution. The official not only swears to uphold a legal oath to defend the Constitution, but the Governor-elect swears to defend the state against the encroaching powers of the Federal Government. It takes a person of integrity and discernment. Unfortunately, Karen Handel fails to meet the standards.

This is not to say I am a fan of Nathan Deal or Roy Barnes either. I am a member of the Constitution Party. What matters most is a person who honestly follows what the law says, not what they want it to say. They also should never use their office for political gain. What about Karen Handel?

According to Voter GA, Karen Handel has repeatedly used her position to conduct politically motivated investigations. I was personally accused of forging signatures in a circulated petition to nominate a candidate in Chatham County. When I asked the State Election Board in 2009, under Karen Handel’s leadership, to produce the names of the forged signatures, they could not produce any evidence. When Board member David Worley motioned to have my name removed from further investigation, Karen Handel ignored my constitutional right to see the evidence which was the alleged basis for my crime. She also ignored my due process. With no evidence, she directed another board member to make a motion to forward my case to the local DA. If she will do this to myself and others who have done nothing wrong, you have to wonder what she will do to all of us once she is in power in Atlanta.

With chaos all around us in uncertain times, we do not need a leader who seems to generate more problems than solutions. We also don’t need a leader who flip flops on issues that matter. If there’s any choice to be made on August 10th, make sure it is NOT Karen Handel.

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Jeff Rayno

Jeff Rayno

Jeff Rayno is a former Chatham County commissioner and now heads the Coastal Empire Constitution Party.