The take-no-prisoners puppet master of Linda McMahon’s failed 2012 Senate campaign has made a soft landing: in Georgia.
GOP political operative Corry Bliss is now at the controls of Karen Handel’s Senate campaign in the Peach State.
Handel ran unsuccessfully for governor in 2010 after serving as Georgia’s Secretary of State. In 2012, the anti-abortion Republican sparked controversy when she orchestrated the defunding of Planned Parenthood by Susan G. Komen for the Cure, where the Handel was a vice president for public policy. She subsequently resigned from the organization.
Here’s the spin from Handel’s campaign on its hiring of Bliss, who made well over $200,000 working for McMahon.
“During the 2012 election cycle, Corry managed Linda McMahon’s Senate race in Connecticut overseeing a $50 million dollar budget and a grassroots campaign that made over 2 million voter contacts.”
Handel’s general consultant is Chris LaCivita, who served in a similar capacity for McMahon and was the architect of the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth attacks on John Kerry during the 2004 presidential race.
Bliss’ domineering and aggressive approach to campaigns has drawn comparisons between him and Karl Rove.