If you want a look at one reason behind Carol Porter’s entry into the race for lieutenant governor, take a look at this quick snapshot of dueling reporter scrums.
DuBose Porter, who has had trouble making his mark on the Democratic race for governor until the last few weeks, is on the right.
“I say, if this thing is a gimmick and it’s going to get corruption out of Georgia’s government, than you can give me a dozen,” Carol Porter said.
Said her husband: “If you truly want family values in Georgia, elect a Georgia family.” Policy-wise, most of Carol Porter’s ideas reflected those already expressed by her husband — an emphasis on “corruption” in the House under Speaker Glenn Richardson, and a push for better collection of the state sales tax. She accused Republicans of protecting sales tax scofflaws at the expense of teacher furloughs.
The four Porter sons — Stephen, 24; Guyton, 21; twins Inman and Asa, 20 — said a final family decision to have their mom join the lieutenant governor’s contest came three days ago — although there really was never much doubt after their first musings went public.
Papers giving formal shape to Carol Porter’s campaign were to be filed this morning. Joan Martin, wife of 2008 Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate Jim Martin, will serve as her campaign treasurer. Shannon Fickling, a middle Georgia architect, will act as chairman of the campaign.
Here’s what Carol Porter said about:
– Casey Cagle, the Republican incumbent: “Casey Cagle has an agenda that I don’t think is in sync with the people of Georgia.” She mentioned Cagle’s budget-cutting talking points, in which he said that his Republican Senate had cut taxes in 2009. “We all know they repealed the homeowner’s tax relief grant…. Taxes were raised on our people,” she said.
Cagle’s office issued this welcome to the Democratic candidate:
“We welcome Carol Porter to the race and look forward to seeing her on the campaign trail. We anticipate a spirited contest and a thoughtful discussion of the issues.
“As Georgia faces unprecedented challenges, Lt. Governor Cagle has been a steady hand and principled leader. He is the candidate Georgians know and trust to confront the state’s most pressing issues at this crucial time…..
– Michael Thurmond, the state labor commissioner often mention as a Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor: “I have tried to encourage Michael Thurmond to get into this race several times. I have talked to him at length about it – not recently. You know, there are only so many days left at this point.
“And I felt if Michael were going to get in, he would have made that decision by now. There is nobody in this race on the Democratic side. I think we have around 146 days left. It’s time for somebody to get in. I had the opportunity, and I’m willing to step up.”
“This doesn’t change anything. I will continue to weigh my options, and at the appropriate time will make my decision.”
– On the mood of voters and her qualifications (possibly her best line of the press conference): “I don’t think voters are apathetic. I think they’re exhausted. They’re trying to make ends meet. They’re both working parents, they come home, they have to get the children’s homework done, do the laundry, cook, clean. I love to research. And I love to get the bills and find out who snuck in at the last minute of the last night of the session. I enjoy that. And I don’t mind spending eight hours researching a bill. Most families don’t have that luxury.”
After dealing with reporters, the Porters went to Manuel’s Tavern for lunch, where their car was broken into. The fellow was caught, said (gubernatorial) campaign spokesman Matt Caseman.
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