More intel about the pressure on state Rep. Austin Scott (R-Tifton), a GOP candidate for governor, to drop down into the Republican race for lieutenant governor against incumbent Casey Cagle:
–Look for a decision of some sort decision by the time qualifying opens on April 26;
– There is a Tom Perdue connection, we’re told. Scott and Perdue, whose career as an operative stretches back three decades, have been discussing the subject. Scott’s entry into the race for lieutenant governor isn’t certain. But if he should take the plunge, there’s every possibility that Perdue would act as his consultant.
– Obviously, the move has been quietly encouraged by every other GOP candidate for governor. All would like to see the field thin out. Scott was approached by monied interests last November, but declined the invitation.
Renewal of the effort can be traced, in part to Republicans upset with Cagle’s demotion of GOP senators who voted against Gov. Sonny Perdue’s hospital bed tax. Which