Austin Scott pays a visit to GOP headquarters

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle’s re-election campaign put out the word this morning that the GOP incumbent and his wife Nita would slap down a qualifying check somewhere between 10 and 11 a.m. Monday in the state Capitol.

It was a not-so-subtle signal to those who have lived off rumors that Cagle might surprise everyone and decline a second term.

But a mere press release is unlikely to put a halt to state Rep. Austin Scott’s pondering over whether to drop out of the GOP race for governor – and into the primary against Cagle.

The Tifton lawmaker just confirmed a morning meeting with state GOP chairman Sue Everhart and others at party headquarters. Asked the topic of conversation, Scott said, “Qualifying. And the timing of our qualifying.”

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34 comments Add your comment


April 22nd, 2010
2:11 pm

he’s gonna run for lt. governor. it will not surprise me at all!

Better think twice

April 22nd, 2010
2:28 pm

he’s gonna lose. big time.


April 22nd, 2010
2:32 pm

It’s in Scott’s interest to keep this story alive. No other gubernatorial candidate has built any anticipation for their qualifying.


April 22nd, 2010
2:33 pm

Everhart is probably giving him the “Come to Jesus” talk to persuade him from running against the GOP establishment. I hope he runs and I hope Cagle is exposed for what his is (pun intended…sorta.)

Mr. Mike

April 22nd, 2010
2:33 pm

He’d be better than Cagle. Trust me, more dirt is going to come out and it aint pretty.

Rachel Green

April 22nd, 2010
2:41 pm

Pants on the ground, pants on the ground….


April 22nd, 2010
3:01 pm

No character assination here. Move along. Only sophisticated and relevant political analysis.


April 22nd, 2010
3:04 pm

@LaShondra — sometimes people shoot themselves in the foot. Laughed at your “sophisticated” comment. It does get crazy on here (and other blogs) doesn’t it?


April 22nd, 2010
3:16 pm

In the body of politics, austin scott is less than a green gritty booger one would wipe on a tissue. He is pathetic and delusional for even entering the big boy theatre.

Honest Conservative

April 22nd, 2010
3:35 pm

I have $1000 ready to send to Austin’s campaign for Lt Gov.

Matthew Edgewood

April 22nd, 2010
3:45 pm

State capitol will be closed Monday Jim. Who is Casey going to leave that check with?

Fulton Resident

April 22nd, 2010
4:04 pm

@ Mr. Mike

People have been saying that exact phrase for a long time now, “more dirt will come out.” Its amazing how so many people have all this dirt and everyone is just sitting on it. That’s quite a complicated story you’ve built. Wishful thinking doesn’t = reality.

Just like Austin Scott wishing he could hold statewide office hasn’t/won’t generate him more than 3% of the vote.


April 22nd, 2010
4:09 pm

Carol Porter …thats who I am voting for. At least she isn’t a crook and seems reasonably intelligent when you hear her speak. She is also not the stupid ideologue the Cagle is

Not A Fan Of Casey Cagle

April 22nd, 2010
4:11 pm



April 22nd, 2010
4:26 pm

@Fulton — as I said yesterday, when to release information that anyone has on a candidate is not at the beginning of a race but towards the end — remember, less time for damage control. If, and I say if, someone has anything on Cagle, then the time to release whatever you have is at a point in time closer to the primary or the general — not a few years ago. He wasn’t running a few years ago.


April 22nd, 2010
4:32 pm

@ Scott Could you be a stupid liberal ideologue? Just a reasonably intelligent thought.

Just Think

April 22nd, 2010
4:54 pm

Well at least Austin Scott has been tying his own shoes since 1969

Howard Masters

April 22nd, 2010
5:38 pm

At least Austin’s IQ is larger than 50

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Brenda Jones

April 22nd, 2010
6:39 pm

This just goes to show you the IGNORANCE we have in that capitol.I guess he still going to qualify for his seat. Well we the TAX PAYERS will show him. State Rep. Scott please run and HELP us people of georgia get our state back together.We need a man that will show us that we can still believe in state government and I think you are our MAN! So please stop making us wait on a answer so we can ALL pull together and get you elected PLEASE WE BEG YOU…

Joyce M.

April 22nd, 2010
7:35 pm

Austin Scott is the future of Georgia Republicans. When Casey Cagle pulled out of the governor’s race, he proved to be the past.

Kathy Noble

April 22nd, 2010
7:36 pm

Mr. Scott has a lot to offer the state of Georgia. Contrary to the opinion of some GOP folks, I believe that a contested primary is a very good thing. Let the voters decide who will best represent their beliefs, principles and best interests. RUN AUSTIN RUN!!!

Jack Murdock

April 22nd, 2010
7:59 pm

Let’s help make trash the PAST and THANK GOD Sonny will soon be the past with no choice! Austin please run we need you so badly! Casey Cagle must go!!!!!!!!! Surely his family is encouraging him not to run. My wife would have beat me all over that state capitol.

John Peek of Hall County

April 22nd, 2010
8:05 pm

That man qualifies it will show us he has no respect for his wife and children. If that is the case he will also have no respect for Georgians. People he needs to GO! Why has the media not let us know any of marital affairs where are they at?

Honest Conservative

April 22nd, 2010
8:38 pm

This has the potential to be like the Florida Senate race with Cagle as the Charlie Crist type and Scott as the fresh face conservative.

Susan N. Watson

April 23rd, 2010
10:15 am

Austin Scott is young, honest, and hardworking, just what this state needs to secure a more promising future. New blood for the political process can only be a good thing. . .if he doesn’t prove himself, then be a “Nay-sayer.”

Fulton Resident

April 23rd, 2010
10:37 am

@UGA 1954 – Ah yes, thank you for taking the time to educate me on campaign tactics. I was unaware of such a strategy and thinking.

My point is this. There has been talk of several people entering the LG race – yet no one has done it. If the evidence was out there like you say, someone would have jumped in the race long ago – even if they’re holding to your stated strategy.

The unfounded character assassination on this blog is disturbing.

@ John Peek – salacious rumors started by opposition doesn’t make anything true. That’s why the media hasn’t reported on it.


April 23rd, 2010
10:42 am

Cagle’s not a stupid ideologue. He’s just stupid. The intelligence of him, Sonny Perdue, and Brian Kemp combined would be about the same as the average block of wood.

Run Austin, Run!

No Incumbent

April 23rd, 2010
7:52 pm

Austin is nothing but a complete idiot. Just run somewhere.

rocks&glass houses

April 23rd, 2010
8:03 pm

How about that divorce of Austins?I understand there is much to be desired there,like very much!!!!!

Brian Mosely

April 23rd, 2010
11:48 pm

Oh come on ” no incumbent” do not hide if you have something to say put your name up there you coward. Austin is a good man. Is that the best you can do? He is running somewhere for political office!

Brenda Ballard

April 24th, 2010
4:31 pm

I know plenty of people that don’t have a lot of money, but they would make an excellent candidate. You might as well say the people that run for office buys it. I would much rather have an honest family man to be Governor of Georgia than soimeone who has a pocket full of money and does not really care what happens to the people of Georgia. This is just the way the good old guys do it and then they return favors for the support they got from the money people. I have met Austin Scott and his wife. I admire both of them. I would vote for Austin Scott today for governor. I blieve him to be honest and I think he has the ideas that are best for Georgia.


April 25th, 2010
9:13 am

who? Is he really relevant? If he is for the status quo, he will be defeated! Georgia remember we have people who have migrated from other States into this incest pool of illiteracy, backwoods politics. WE ARE TIRED OF IT! He will be Defeate and BAD!


April 25th, 2010
9:14 am

who? Is he really relevant? If he is for the status quo, he will be defeated! Georgia remember we have people who have migrated from other States into this incest pool of illiteracy, backwoods politics. WE ARE TIRED OF IT! He will be Defeated and BAD!