Ryan on Handel: ‘We need someone who is tested and true’

House Speaker Paul Ryan urged Republicans Monday to rally behind Karen Handel in Georgia’s 6th District race, saying voters should back someone who is “tested and true” in next month’s nationally-watched race.

In a brief pep-talk at a Dunwoody hotel, Ryan invoked the history of the suburban Atlanta district, which has been in GOP hands for decades and was once represented by Newt Gingrich, Johnny Isakson and Tom Price.

“These are very, very hard shoes to fill,” he said. “I can tell you this, but you already know it – Karen Handel is the only person capable of filling these big shoes.”

Saying that the “stakes are as high as they ever could be,” Ryan said Georgians could play a deciding role the June 20 race between Handel and Democrat Jon Ossoff in ensuring whether the sweeping plan to repeal Obamacare or overhaul the tax code is achieved.

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