Ex-GOP lawmaker Handel to run for her former Georgia seat in 2020

Former Rep. Karen HandelKaren Christine HandelFreshman House Dems surge past GOP in money race McBath fundraising off 'get back in the kitchen' remarks Ex-GOP lawmaker Handel to run for her former Georgia seat in 2020 MORE (R-Ga.) will run for her old seat after losing it in the 2018 midterms, Handel announced on Twitter Monday morning.

Handel was elected to Georgia’s 6th District in the Atlanta suburbs in a June 2017 special election, replacing then-Health and Human Services Secretary Tom PriceThomas (Tom) Edmunds PriceOvernight Health Care: CEO of largest private health insurer slams 'Medicare for All' plans | Dem bill targets youth tobacco use | CVS fined over fake painkiller prescriptions | Trump, first lady to discuss opioid crisis at summit HHS inspector general stepping down from watchdog role Ex-GOP lawmaker Handel to run for her former Georgia seat in 2020 MORE.

But in 2018, she lost to Rep. Lucy McBathLucia (Lucy) Kay McBath20 years after Columbine, Dems bullish on gun reform Georgia freshman Dem does not list Omar donation on election filing Freshman House Dems surge past GOP in money race MORE (D) in her quest for a full term, putting the district in Democratic hands for the first time in more than three decades.

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In an ad titled “Leader” announcing her campaign, Handel used footage of Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisJulián Castro: Trump should be impeached for trying to obstruct justice 'in very concrete ways' Poll: Buttigieg tops Harris, O'Rourke as momentum builds Trump Jr. slams 2020 Dems as 'more concerned' about rights of murderers than legal gun owners MORE (D-Calif.) proposing to “eliminate” private health insurance, Rep. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibDems seek to rein in calls for impeachment The silencing of American Muslims Trump takes aim at Dem talk of impeachment MORE (D-Mich.) using profanity in a call to impeach President TrumpDonald John TrumpRussia's election interference is a problem for the GOP Pence to pitch trade deal during trip to Michigan: report Iran oil minister: US made 'bad mistake' in ending sanctions waivers MORE, and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezVA 'ain't broke' — but it can certainly be improved The Memo: GOP banks on Biden falling in primary Dems seek to rein in calls for impeachment MORE (D-N.Y.) touting the Green New Deal legislation. 

“Imagine if we had leaders in Washington who worked for us, leaders more interested in doing their jobs than being a celebrity,” the ad’s voice-over states.

The ad emphasizes Handel’s commitment to veterans’ issues as well as addressing the opioid addiction crisis and human trafficking.

McBath’s office did not immediately reply to a request for comment from The Hill.

But the Democratic lawmaker on Monday sent a fundraising pitch after Handel's announcement, calling her a "true career politician" who "has run for office over and over for the last 17 years."
 
-- Updated at 11:33 a.m.