Karen Handel is a planner, the kind of person who wants to know that before she takes the first step, the second and third are already mapped out.
Like when she refused to buy a condo with her then fiance, Steve.
"Frankly, I didn't want to sign the papers before we actually walked down the aisle," said Handel, the former Fulton County Commission chairwoman, former secretary of state and current Republican gubernatorial hopeful.
They did get married, and they did buy that condo - in that order. That kind of careful plotting is a product, she said, of a troubled childhood that saw her leave home in Upper Marlboro, Md., at 17 rather than stay with an alcoholic mother who pulled a gun on her.
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