Georgia Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle, a gubernatorial candidate in the Republican primary runoff against Secretary of State Brian Kemp, has shown us his cards in a move that reads like a House of Cards episode. Caught on recording during a private conversation with former opponent Clay Tippins, Cagle helped a bill become law that he considered “bad public policy.” The reason for pushing something he personally considered bad? To prevent a primary opponent from getting millions of dollars from a foundation. If this is any window into the character of Casey Cagle, who has the word “Lead” plastered on all his signs, then Georgians should be wary when it comes to the potential of him becoming our next governor.
Cagle chose politics over policy, deciding his own political future was worth more than representing the interests of the state. In his own words, Cagle said, “It ain’t about public policy. It’s about s— politics.” The policy had to do with private school tax credits, which critics say would drain money from public education. The foundation Cagle was worried about giving millions of dollars to his opponent has not given any candidate money in this election so far.
Cagle’s runoff opponent Brian Kemp said this recording shows “everything that’s wrong with politics.” Secretary Kemp, given his tenure, would know a thing or two about being wrong in politics. Democratic nominee Stacey Abrams said this shows Republicans in the race are “only out for themselves and their friends.”
This certainly has made the start of the runoff election exciting for the media and those closely following the election, but does this issue resonate with the voters? In the Trump Era, scandals dealing with Republican officials can be brushed off as “fake news” or lies perpetrated by a “liberal media.” Others will view the recording made by Tippins as a sore loser tactic and somehow make him the bad guy in all this. Facts have become increasingly subjective in the era of Trump, the question now is will this lack of accountability and subjective truth trickle down to Georgia’s Governor Mansion?