washingtonpost.com - 65 days ago
The Daily 202: Congressional shooting clouds final days of Georgia special election
Karen Handel campaigns in Johns Creek, Ga., ahead of Tuesday's special election to replace former congressman Tom Price, who is now secretary of health and human services.
Democrat Jon Ossoff is trying for an upset over Handel in the GOP-leaning district that stretches across greater Atlanta's northern suburbs. (Alex Sanz/AP) With Breanne Deppisch and Joanie Greve THE BIG IDEA: JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — When Republican congressional candidate Karen Handel went table to table greeting patrons at Marlow’s Tavern on Friday night, almost everyone asked her about the letters. A white powdery substance, accompanying a threatening letter, arrived at her home the day before, as well as in the mailboxes of several of her neighbors. Coming just one day after the attack on Republican lawmakers during batting practice in Alexandria, Va., these letters put everyone on edge. In one of his final posts on Facebook, shooter James Hodgkinson had referred crudely to Handel and attacked her for opposing an increase in the minimum wage. The Atlanta TV stations led their evening newscasts with helicopter footage of FBI agents and hazmat teams blocking off her street. Quarantined in her basement while the powder was tested — an aide said it turned out to be baking soda — Handel missed several events ahead of Tuesday’s neck-and-neck special election to replace HHS Secretary Tom Price.
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