GOP congressional candidate doesn't support 'livable wage'
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 09, 2017,
Jun 09, 2017, 17:19
A Republican candidate in a nationally watched Georgia congressional race said she doesn't support a "livable wage".
During a Tuesday night debate, Georgia Republican congressional candidate Karen Handel made a controversial comment about minimum wage, a comment that nearly immediately went viral. There is a national labor movement to increase the federal mark to $15 an hour, and many Democrats in Congress advocate at least a $10.10 hourly wage.
For example, Handel, who was very publicly endorsed by Donald Trump, took a decidedly middle-of-the-road position on the Russian Federation investigation and hesitated when she was asked if she had any "second thoughts" about Trump having campaigned for her. After stating her opposition to a "livable wage", she echoed standard Republican theory about government avoiding mandates on businesses, arguing that freeing employers to make decisions enables them "to do what they do best. create jobs".
Handel and Ossoff are embroiled in an expensive special election that has become a proxy for national political dynamics. "When a copy of her check for $75 dues turned up, he said she had never lived at that address and that wasn't the amount of the dues". Ossoff didn't hesitate and said he favored a livable wage. The liberal blog Daily Kos helped turn Ossoff into an online fundraising phenomenon, and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee - criticized for downplaying other House special elections in even redder districts - has been on the ground in the northern Atlanta suburbs for months. Ossoff was asked who he would vote for in the election - and the answer is he can't. He specifically cited higher costs in urban areas.
You see what Handel did there is come up with a soundbite that attacks Ossoff for living outside of the district he's running in but grew up in and plans on returning to when his fiancé-with whom he's living-finishes medical school. But that facade crumbled throughout the one-hour debate. "They are coming from [House Minority Leader] Nancy Pelosi, California, New York, Massachusetts".
Speaking with Rewire by phone, Cannon said, "I was extending my hand to possibly someone who will be elected to a very important office", referring to Handel, and that she "was scoffed" at.
"I think the contrast is pretty clear between a fresh, independent voice for this community and, with all due respect to my opponent, a career politician", Ossoff told Elliot.