The husband of Georgia’s 6th Congressional District candidate Karen Handel retweeted an image Tuesday urging voters to “free the black slaves from the Democratic plantation.”
Karen Handel’s husband, Steve Handel, quote-tweeted a supporter sharing an image that included the text: “Criticizing black kids for obeying the law, studying in school, and being ambitious as ‘acting white’ is a trick the Democrats play on Black people to keep them poor, ignorant, and dependent.”
It adds: “Free the Black Slaves from the Democratic Party Plantation.”
Here’s Handel’s tweet:
And here’s the tweet from @rose10052, which has since been deleted according to CNN:
Handel’s campaign issued a statement saying: “Like many of us, he (Steve) made a mistake and retweeted something he didn’t pay a lot of attention to, thinking it was just an absentee vote message. It clearly was not appropriate and has been deleted.”
Republican Karen Handel is facing a runoff next month against first-time candidate and Democrat Jon Ossoff to replace former Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), who earlier this year became President Trump’s Health and Human Services secretary.
Ossoff, raised a startling $8.3 million in his run-up to the April 18 special election, falling just short of winning it outright and turning the 6th District blue.
The Marietta Patch adds:
The mishap comes the same day that Karen Handel released an ad that shows a more personal side. In the one-minute spot titled “Story,” she highlights some of her early years, including leaving home when she was 17 years old to escape a “pretty tough and difficult” family environment.