URGENT: Karen Handel, the high ranking Susan G. Komen for the Cure official at the center of the Planned Parenthood firestorm, has resigned. I have been blogging about Ms. Handel and her hypocrisy for quite some time, including her gubernatorial run and her opposition to gay marriage, as well as her meteoric rise, though she didn’t possess a college degree.
Karen Handel, the charity’s vice president for public policy, told Komen officials that she supported the move to cut off funding for Planned Parenthood. She said the discussion started before she arrived at the organization and was approved at the highest levels of the charity.
“I am deeply disappointed by the gross mischaracterizations of the strategy, its rationale, and my involvement in it,” Handel said in her letter. “I openly acknowledge my role in the matter and continue to believe our decision was the best one for Komen’s future and the women we serve.” Source: Fox News
Karen Handel was the main force behind the organization’s move to change the criteria that had a direct impact on Planned Parenthood. Once again, she would rather feign ignorance than accept her role in this mess. Handel is no stranger to the cut-and-run mentality. She threw the former head of the Log Cabin Republicans, a group of gay and lesbian GOP voters, under a bus, when she claimed she didn’t support same-sex domestic partnerships, though there were a number of emails indicating she supported granting such benefits.
She also implemented the Georgia’s photo ID law, which requires Georgian voters to show state-issued photo identification before casting their vote in person. The voter ID program sparked controversy and many in the black community said it worked against them and was a way to deter blacks from voting. The law was challenged as unconstitutional, but was eventually upheld by the Supreme Court. Ms. Handel is a HYPOCRITE in all caps. Plain and simple.
I would love to know what strings were pulled for Karen Handel to have been hired as VP of Public Policy when her background is clearly not comparable. The ad for Susan G. Komen sought a candidate with a “health care policy background and existing relationships with Members of Congress and their staff.” The position is DC-based, and required “7+ years of experience on Capitol Hill and/or in government affairs or nonprofit advocacy,” exactly where did Karen Handel fit into those requirements? I guess it’s not what you know, but who you know. Now it will be interesting to see what severance package she will leave with….