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Handel Sees Lowered Expectations
Monday, 08 March 2010

March 8--  Republican gubernatorial candidate Karen Handel is happy about recent political polls showing her gaining ground in the statewide race.

After serving as Georgia's Secretary of State, she believes others can follow her lead in cutting costs due to the state's budget shortfall.

"We do have many places where we can cut the budget.  In the Secretary of State's office, we permanently downsized that agency by nearly 20 percent.  It just takes diligence and the political will to make those reductions," she observes.

Handel made a swing through Toombs County last week and told her audiences at a political breakfast and at the Vidalia Kiwanis Club that it's time to lower our expectations when it comes to state government.  

"We are looking at a $15 or $16 billion budget and that is down from six years ago and a high mark of $25 billion, but $15 billion is the new normal.  It means we all must lower expectations and make a sacrifice.  If we remember, for the vast majority of us, we have the opportunities we've been able to enjoy over the last couple of decades because the generation before us sacrificed tremendously.  So this is most likely our moment and our time to do what needs to be done to insure a bright future for the next generation," she said. 

According to Handel, she's gaining on John Oxendine whom she will face in the Republican primary this Summer and is nine points ahead of former governor Roy Barnes who is seeking the Democrat nomination for the Fall general election.

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