Gold Dome Live talked to House Speaker Pro-Tem Mark Burkhalter (R-Johns Creek) after Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle pulled out of the governor’s race and the House leader said he’s taking a fresh look at the race.
Burkhalter is friends with Cobb County Commission Chairman Sam Olens, and it’s doubtful both would run for governor.
But Burkhalter has been a strong voice for the pro-business tax-cutting wing of the GOP. He has led the fight for years to eliminate the “birthday tax,” the property tax Georgians pay annually on their cars. Many tax breaks in recent years have had his name on it.
He also has the benefit of being very familiar with several of the Democrats in the race for governor. Burkhalter has served in the House with Attorney General Thurbert Baker, ex-Gov. Roy Barnes and House Minority Leader DuBose Porter (D-Dublin).