The signs have been there for quite a while, but the Republican gubernatorial primary battle between Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine and Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle could get real ugly, real fast.
In a post-General Assembly session interview with the AJC this week, Oxendine, who holds a law degree, took some pointed shots at the way Cagle, who doesn’t have a college degree, thinks.
“The Legislature and the presiding officers, and more so with Cagle, would rather have the status quo than have somebody else get their way,” Oxendine said. “If change means somebody else’s idea, he (Cagle) would rather have the status quo.
“The status quo is the easy way to govern. It doesn’t take a lot of thinking, it’s not brain surgery. To do things differently requires intellectual thought and sometimes he may prefer the easy way out. I think sometimes he just prefers the easy way out, of saying, ‘I’ll stick with the status quo, that way I don’t have to think hard.”
Cagle did think hard enough during the session to have Senate budget writers try to gut Oxendne’s consumer services division. Oxendine used the successes of his consumer services division, which handles customer complaints, during previous campaigns. The stories of some of the people his office has helped have wound up in campaign ads.
The final budget plan wound up keeping Oxendine’s division open, but Cagle’s message was sent.