Your morning jolt: Casey Cagle’s first TV ad, and Ray Boyd endorses Carol Porter

For every dollar that Democrat Carol Porter has available for her race for lieutenant governor over the next few weeks, Republican incumbent Casey Cagle has three.

Porter last week declared $405,196 on hand for the final weeks of the Nov. 2 campaign, with a total $533,548 raised. Cagle had $1.2 million in cash on hand, out of a total $1.7 million raised.

But even lopsided contests can be interesting. And Carol Porter’s spokesman, House Minority Leader and husband DuBose Porter, points out that she raised more than any Democrat other than Roy Barnes, the nominee for governor.

Libertarian Dan Barber reported $1,046 in cash on hand last week.

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Cagle starts his TV campaign today with a warm-and-fuzzy ad that may be more of a reaction to the 30-second spots being aired by Democrat Roy Barnes in the governor’s contest, assailing Republicans for wholesale cuts to schools.

Cagle declares himself the champion of education in Georgia:

The script:

Cagle: “This is our future, whether she’s your grandchild, your child, or the precious little one you hope to have. Children are our priority.

“That’s why we refused to balance the budget on the backs of our children — protected educational funding critical to personal learning pathways, promoted flexibility for parents and teachers in schools, and launched innovative ideas that recognize one size does not fit all.

“Because Georgia’s future depends on the success of every child.”

Porter no doubt will disagree much of the content. But note the use of language – the words not mentioned. “Vouchers” is missing – not even “charter schools” makes an appearance.

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Porter posted her introductory TV ad on YouTube last night, and plans a second ad later this:

But despite the lack of cash, or because of it, Porter was able to come up with an endorsement this weekend from Ray Boyd, the sometimes caustic, tea party-oriented real estate executive who tried to crash the GOP race for governor with a couple million of his own money. He was rejected when he refused to sign a loyalty oath.

Read the entire endorsement letter here. A few, sometimes ungrammatical, paragraphs:

“Casey Cagle, and his band of co-conspirators in the Legislature, uses their positions of power to enrich themselves and their friends at the expense of all Georgia taxpayers. Passing legislation retroactively to benefit just Governor Perdue is just one of the brazen acts of the political gang at the Capitol.

This is not “mud slinging”. This is simply the facts. Enough is enough. Georgia needs Carol Porter to begin the process of bringing integrity and good governance to the citizens of Georgia.

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The campaign has also required the Republican lieutenant governor to address – in deeper detail – his relationship with former congressman Nathan Deal, the GOP nominee for governor.

Last week, in a much-overlooked interview, Denis O’Hayer of WABE (90.1FM) asked about a meeting Cagle hosted in his office. Listen to the entire clip here, but this was the gist:

O’Hayer: You arranged a meeting for then Congressman Nathan Deal with Revenue Commissioner Bart Graham in your office, about the arrangement that the state had with then-Congressman Deal’s business. A lot has been made of that meeting with the commissioner. Was that a poor decision on your part?

Cagle: Well, the reality is, you know, yeah, there’s been a lot that’s been made of it. But any time a constituent calls me up, whether it happens to be a congressman or any other individual that has a concern, not necessarily knowing what the concern might be, that you facilitate a meeting – a conversation. And there’s nothing wrong with that. I mean, we do that on a daily basis.

O’Hayer: But how many other constituents – say, another small business person from north Georgia who wasn’t a congressman – would have gotten an audience with the state revenue commissioner in the lieutenant governor’s office with the lieutenant governor present?

Cagle: Well, the reality is that, you know, these are things that happen with regularity, Denis. And I will tell you, first-hand, that constituent services is a big part of what I do as a lieutenant governor. And —

O’Hayer: I’m not saying that you wouldn’t have set up a meeting with someone in a department. But you’re the lieutenant governor. You’re a busy person. You can’t be in the meeting with every individual constituent…Yet for Congressman Deal, there you were.

Cagle: Denis, you’re making a mountain out of a mole hill. I mean, I’m telling you. You need to look at my schedule. And you need to see how many meetings that I do have with department heads….This issue’s not about Casey Cagle. That needs to be very clear. And we have done nothing whatsoever that we wouldn’t do for anyone else in this state. That’s the reality, and that’s the bottom line.

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The race for lieutenant governor has even touched – according to Charles Richardson, editorial page editor of the Macon Telegraph – the 8th District congressional contest.

Amy Morton, a Democratic activist, is demanding a look at the sealed 2001 divorce papers of state Rep. Austin Scott, the Republican challenger to U.S. Rep. Jim Marshall.

Wrote Richardson on Sunday:

Republicans have been aware of Scott’s sealed divorce since April. Scott, at one time, after deciding not to run for governor, set his sights on Lt. Governor, a post held by fellow Republican Casey Cagle.

For some odd reason, information about Scott’s divorce started leaking to various reporters from Cagle’s camp. Republican blogs were full of salacious details. What’s true or false about the dirty rumors I don’t know and won’t speculate here. Scott, however, decided to seek elective office elsewhere and leave Cagle alone.

How this information came to the public’s attention is not the relevant point. The records will be unsealed, just as Scott’s former colleague Glenn Richardson’s divorce records were unsealed. Why? Because those records are public documents. And there are more compelling reasons.

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52 comments Add your comment

DifferentDrummer

October 11th, 2010
9:43 am

I wonder if Denis O’Hayer noticed if Casey’s nose started to grow when he lied about the meeting he held for Nathan and Bart Graham.

Ralph

October 11th, 2010
9:50 am

At least you resisted from again highlighting an obvious hack job article in today’s paper again targeting Deal’s tax return.

SPSU

October 11th, 2010
9:50 am

Carol Porter ran 9 newspapers in GA. Whoopie-do! I would bet that the nine are nothing more than liberal rags whose sole purpose on being is to line a bird cage.

Road Scholar

October 11th, 2010
9:51 am

DD: That would have been difficult since he was sidestepping the question!

How about Cagle’s involvement in the Richardson affair? What and when did he know it? Why wasn’t he talking to Richardson or others about his ethics violation? Remember, Cagle is suppose to be a leader!

SPSU

October 11th, 2010
9:52 am

Some people with a boat-load of money enjoy throwing their money away on gambling, women, drugs, etc. Boyd enjoys throwing his away on lost causes. Man you gotta love this country.

All Full Up on Crazy

October 11th, 2010
9:59 am

Why no coverage on the Wilder’s bankruptcy being revoked? How much more will Deal “help his child” cover her more than $3 million in debt while trying to save his own behind! Second, if Deal gave his child more than $10,000 a year, then I hope she paid taxes on it, or did Daddy’s accountant make that go away too?

Po Roy

October 11th, 2010
10:00 am

It’s funny how democraps are getting all desperate in this election. Now they’re flying allegations by editorial writers who haven’t a clue about such items. Think about it, how would Charles Richardson from Macon know or not know what the inner workings of the Cagle opposition research were? Austin Scott ran for congress because there were a ton of folks begging him to run for congress….

How about answering this question? Why did Roy Barnes, and his inner circle, attempt to thwart an investigation of the most notorious serial pedophile in U.S. history? http://bibbrepublicanparty.com?

Fulton Resident

October 11th, 2010
10:08 am

Ray Boyd is just dying to be relevant. I wish he would have stayed in the gubernatorial race to see how someone could blow $2 million and still finish below Ray McBerry.

Disclosure

October 11th, 2010
10:09 am

Carol Porter Net Balance On Hand for Sept. 30 = $405,196.58

Last I Heard . . .

October 11th, 2010
10:10 am

Richardson had released all but his list of stocks he owned. At the time, that was odd; since originally the records were sealed to protect their kids. I’m betting there were Cobb EMC preferred stocks.

JB

October 11th, 2010
10:13 am

Cagle’s ad is a blatant lie. K-12 education cuts totaled at least 4 billion dollars.

Georgia Fan

October 11th, 2010
10:14 am

I just saw Carol Porter’s ad on television down here in Middle Georgia. She’s getting her message to the people!

green green

October 11th, 2010
10:15 am

cagle leaked details about scott’s divorce? can’t scott find anything on cagle’s back problem? And why did david shaffer decide to leave cagle alone? cagle leaking something on whatever shaffer does IRL?

Disclosure

October 11th, 2010
10:20 am

Last Man Standing

October 11th, 2010
10:25 am

All Full Up on Crazy:

Just a small detail: the amount that can be gifted is now #13,000.00 and is not taxable.

professional skeptic

October 11th, 2010
10:32 am

Cagle: “Well, you see, ummm… yeah… ya know…I mean…ummm… I’d set up a meeting with any citizen of Georgia who owes millions of dollars to the bank I’m a board member of, and who needs to protect a no-bid state contract in order to keep paying on that loan. Yessir. Any citizen of Georgia.

professional skeptic

October 11th, 2010
10:32 am

Slippery as a bag of snakes…

greg best

October 11th, 2010
10:33 am

Something just ain’t right with Nathan Deal’s tax returns. My accountant Ernie says it smells like Nathan’s been cooking the books. No wonder he won’t tell the voters how he did it. Might be a death-blow to his campaign.

clear choice

October 11th, 2010
11:17 am

Just say no to Cagle.

Vote Carol Porter. Smart, capable, business owner. Proven record of strong management.

http://www.carolporterforgeorgia.com/pages/biography

Po Roy

October 11th, 2010
11:26 am

Give it up dems, it ain’t happening this year. Your kin on the national level and the top of your ticket have rolled you over. Barnes rakes in $19,000,000 of taxpayer $$$ in 4 years. He doesn’t relate to anyone or anything other than his wallet. He surely does know how to coddle the odd element though. Slippery as a bag of snakes. That’s Roy Barnes.. http://bibbrepublicanparty.com

clear choice

October 11th, 2010
11:41 am

Po Roy: So, we should vote for Deal because he’s strapped for cash and Barnes is not? Because Deal is a walking financial disaster and Barnes is not? Because Deal has been a failure in his business ventures and Barnes has not?

Nathan Deal is the one interested in his own wallet. Twisting the state’s arm to keep a no-bid salvage contract in place so he can keep receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars of Georgia’s taxpayer dollars flowing into his wallet each year.

Thanks, but no thanks.

Georgia Fan

October 11th, 2010
12:01 pm

Vote for Carol Porter for Lt. Governor and put ethics back in the Lt. Governor’s office!

Last Man Standing

October 11th, 2010
12:02 pm

clear choice:

Why is it that I think you wouldn’t have chosen anyway? I believe that you probably would have voted democrat in any event. “Po Roy” has it right, though. Democrats will suffer many, many losses this election cycle precisely because of Obama, Reed and Pelosi.

clear choice

October 11th, 2010
12:17 pm

I do not dispute that teh Dems will lose big. In Georgia, though, you are using our Governor’s election to send a message to Obama. While I understand why you are doing it, I don’t agree with it.

Essentially, you want to “send a message” to Washington that you disapprove of the Dems’ big spending ways, by electing Nathan Deal: a spend-thrift, fiscally NON-conservative, financially distressed, financial disaster of a man to the Georgia Governor’s office. Along with a Lt. Governor who helped Deal protect his anti-capitalistic no-bid state contract behind the scenes.

I understand what you’re doing, but it doesn’t stand up to logical analysis here in Georgia.

John

October 11th, 2010
12:19 pm

A proud conservative Middle Georgian, AND A PROUD SUPPORTER OF CAROL PORTER! Take the D and the R off and look at the person. I will choose a faithful mother of four Eagls Scouts who manages 9 NEWS PAPERS (and a hunting guide), over a crook any day of the week — after all, she didn’t set-up shady business deals for the guy now running for governor, nor has she been caught having her “loafers” tied by a secretary. Yeah, I AM A PROUD SUPPORTER OF THIS IMPRESSIVE CANDIDATE!

clear choice

October 11th, 2010
12:20 pm

My principles as a CPA supersede partisan political concerns. I just cannot consider voting for Nathan Deal, a man who is duplicitous with the public about his personal finances, and who should have had his financial house in order long before turning 68.

td

October 11th, 2010
12:21 pm

clear choice, I am voting for Deal because Georgia is getting one additional congressional seat from the census. With Deal as governor and the legislature Republican that will mean we could send an addition 3 Republicans to Washington in the House. Barnes was so corrupt during the last re apportionment that even the Clinton justice department threw out his lines.

What we do in the state does effect Washington and if you do not think so then you do not understand politics.

Last Man Standing

October 11th, 2010
12:26 pm

clear choice:

I don’t think it’s just Georgia: West Virginia has a popular governor who stands a very good chance of losing – despite his popularity. West Virginia heretofore has been a very democrat state. There are many other elections for governor in this cycle that will probably go Republican.

I will say this for the Barnes campaign: truth or not, you can hardly visit the more popular non-political web sites without seeing a pro-Barnes or an anti-Deal ad.

clear choice

October 11th, 2010
12:27 pm

John
October 11th, 2010
12:19 pm

Amen to that, John. Ms. Porter has proven financial and business management skills, something this state needs very badly.

Casey Cagle was on the board of the bank that lent Nathan Deal millions of dollars that Deal turned around and squandered. Cagle then helped Deal arrange to keep his sweetheart salvage contract with the state, in order to have enough income to pay on the loan.

The Georgia revenue commissioner wanted to open the contract for bid, in the effort to get the best deal for taxpaying Georgians. Sadly, Deal and Cagle had their minds on their own wallets, so they worked to keep the no-bid contract in place.

It’s time for Georgians to overturn the tables of the money-changers and clear them out of our state government. Vote Barnes and Porter for Gov. & Lt. Gov.

td

October 11th, 2010
12:33 pm

Clear choice and John, What is electing Porter going to do if elected? The Republicans will just do to her what they did to Taylor. They will strip her power and give it to the majority leader (Chip Rogers) and she will have a ceremonial job of going and sitting in front of the state Senate everyday.

Come to think about it that may not be a bad idea, Chip is a lot more conservative than Cagle so go ahead and pull for Porter because it is a win win for conservatives either way.

GAPolitico

October 11th, 2010
12:34 pm

Cagle must think Georgians are stupid. Georgia has cut 1.39billion from education in the last two years. So much for “not balancing the budget on the backs of our children.” Politifact better pick this up and Casey should get a Pants on Fire. This is one of the largest, most blatant lies in this campaign season.

http://gapolitico.com/?p=15364

clear choice

October 11th, 2010
12:41 pm

td,

You said it yourself. Any attempt at gerrymandering will be overturned. Whether Barnes loses or wins, I cannot conceive of any possible way that Georgia will lose its republican majority representation in Congress.

Last Man: So, because West Virginians are doing it, we should do it too?

clear choice

October 11th, 2010
12:43 pm

td
October 11th, 2010
12:33 pm

“Come to think about it that may not be a bad idea, Chip is a lot more conservative than Cagle so go ahead and pull for Porter because it is a win win for conservatives either way.”

I cannot argue with this, my friend.

ROBOCOP

October 11th, 2010
12:49 pm

It’s too bad not all the truth is going to come out about Casey’s rather non-Family Values political life and conduct. But that’s another story.

He fixed the meeting with Nathan and Bart Graham to send Graham a message: don’t disturb Nathan’s vehicle salvage monopoly business funded by Georgia taxpayers. Then he lied like a rug to Denis O’Hayer and never answered the question. Was that interview rigged also by the AJC, you conservative bloggers? If he and Nathan have their way, there won’t be a dollar of lobbyist and corporate money left to be stolen by the rest of the Republican members of the Georgia House and Senate.

Y’all are going to work hard at giving this state to the most corrupt group of politicians who’ve ever controlled it. If you’re successful, you can really be proud of yourselves.

Maybe with a little luck, what will happen here is what’s happening in Alabama and someone like former Glenn Richardson aide, Jay Walker, will get caught arranging the payoffs to the Georgia House and Senate leadership.

Aren’t you proud?

td

October 11th, 2010
12:56 pm

GAPolitico, You are going to force me to stand up and defend Sonny (Rino) Perdue due to your lack of understanding or spinning of the states budget.

The 2007 state budget was about $22.6 billion.
Education and Medicaid is 70% of the states budget.
Education itself is right at 50% of the total budget.
The 2010 budget is about $16.8 billion.

Purdue and Cagle has had to cut about $6 billion from the budget in the past 3 years. If they only cut $1.9 billion from education and education is 50% of the budget then he can claim that he did not make the cuts on the backs of the children? Would you not agree?

GAPolitico

October 11th, 2010
1:04 pm

No,

First of all, you assume they had to cut $6billion. They could have accepted the point of sale bill and gotten an additional half billion to 1 billion without raising taxes.

Second, they could have passed the cigarette tax to generate revenue for education.

Third, between all the horse parks and ponds that were placed in the budget, I think we could have found better things to cut than our children’s future (ie, education)

td

October 11th, 2010
1:07 pm

clear choice

October 11th, 2010
12:41 pm
td,

You said it yourself. Any attempt at gerrymandering will be overturned. Whether Barnes loses or wins, I cannot conceive of any possible way that Georgia will lose its republican majority representation in Congress.

This is where you are incorrect my friend. As long as you maximise and insure minority representation then you can draw the districts anyway that you would like (gerrymander). You see part of what Barnes did was to minority majority districts as much as he could be away with to give white dems a chance to win seats (Ex. John Lewis and David Scott have only 51 or 52% minority voters). Deal will only have to increase the numbers in these districts to 60 or 70% and Georgia could have 3 more republican reps and the justice Department is going to sign off on it because it is within the 1965 voting rights act. This will get rid of any chance for a white liberal to be elected to the House for 10 years.

td

October 11th, 2010
1:24 pm

GAPolitico

October 11th, 2010
1:04 pm
No,

First of all, you assume they had to cut $6billion. They could have accepted the point of sale bill and gotten an additional half billion to 1 billion without raising taxes.

Second, they could have passed the cigarette tax to generate revenue for education.

Third, between all the horse parks and ponds that were placed in the budget, I think we could have found better things to cut than our children’s future (ie, education)

I agree with some of your points and some I do not.

1: Porter’s bill and the amount of money collected from it may or may not have brought in that amount of money. Some economist have said it would have cost the state an additional $50 for every $100 collected and could have taken 2 to 4 years to put into place. The cuts would have still had to have been made for at least the 2010 budget.

2: No new taxes of any type during a recession!!!!!!

3: These projects had been going on for years and to cut the money would mean that Georgia would never see the benefit out of the previous money spent.

Now I do agree that there was a lot more items we could have cut out of the budget. All the spending for new grand building for some of our college campuses for example. In bad times we do not need to do additional building.

There is also a great deal of responsibility that falls on the county BOE for spending money. I read a story in this paper a few months ago that said Dekalb county had 22 assistant superintendents, each making over $100,000 and they laid off teachers and none of these positions. Do you not think Dekalb could have cut a few of these high paying jobs and kept the teachers? Gwinn, Cobb, Fulton and the City of Atlanta had similar situations. Also, how many teachers are in our schools that either do not teach at all or only teach art time to do other jobs? Could the BOE’s not put these teachers back into the classrooms to teach instead of raising class sizes?

Last Man Standing

October 11th, 2010
1:28 pm

GAPolitico:

Education certainly wasn’t the only thing that was cut, and there will be even more painful cuts in the future. Education is not a sacred cow to be funded at the expense of everything else. Until this economy improves, things will be bad – and it’s not going to improve with the current dems in D.C.

It’s all about “hope” and “change”, you know?

Fulton Resident

October 11th, 2010
2:07 pm

John and Clear Choice. You can scream fiction into the wind all day long. It doesn’t make it true or change reality.

“Casey Cagle was on the board of the bank that lent Nathan Deal millions of dollars that Deal turned around and squandered. Cagle then helped Deal arrange to keep his sweetheart salvage contract with the state, in order to have enough income to pay on the loan.”

The conspiracy comments on here are incredible.

Atlanta CPA

October 11th, 2010
2:08 pm

To say Deal’s “Accountant” cooked the books is a gross understatement. Look at the asset values on Deal’s last of 4 estimated balance sheets. I won’t vote for Deal, Monds looks better every day.

jimmie

October 11th, 2010
2:18 pm

It will be interesting to see if Mrs. Porter carries her “home” county, Laurens County. I would say it is even money that she will not. Either way, 2010 will go down as a banner political year for the folks from Dublin. I wouldn’t be surprised if after the election Mr. and Mrs. Porter relocate to Atlanta, it just will not be in any official capacity.

td

October 11th, 2010
2:34 pm

jimmie

October 11th, 2010
2:18 pm
It will be interesting to see if Mrs. Porter carries her “home” county, Laurens County.

It will also be interesting to see if Barnes can carrier Cobb county.

We Need a Change

October 11th, 2010
2:41 pm

Despite being a Republican – fiscally conservative that is, I’m finding that the stench to vote for this fat guy is overwhelming. Hold the pickles and vote Porter.

John

October 11th, 2010
3:30 pm

Hey Fulton Resident — Think it funny you said the Clear Choice and I are spewing fiction, but you didn’t care to rebut the well known issue of Cagles “back pains” — far too painful for him to run for governor, yet not too painful to run in a marathon less than a year after his sugery, under a false name — a “back-pain” so bad that he had to have a young lady help him tie his shoes (with the door closed, of course). Cagle is corrupt and unethical, and dupes Georigans by saying one thing with his hand on a Bible and doing another. Throw the bum out!

Fulton Resident

October 11th, 2010
3:57 pm

John -

Everything you’ve said is fabrication. I didn’t “rebut” anything you otiose brick – and subsequently didn’t leave a refutation out.

You’re making some serious accusations. I challenge you to present one piece of evidence for the dubious claims you are making.

Scott

October 11th, 2010
4:40 pm

@td

Barnes had very little to do with the way GA’s districts were drawn. They were drawn by the courts to include minority districts as per the law. You can whine and spew all you want, but as long as the civil rights act is in force, thats how its gonna be and nobody you vote for in this electing can do a damn thing about it

Freddie

October 11th, 2010
4:43 pm

Thanks, Fulton Resident – the nature of some of the comments on this blog show how rabid some people are. I get the feeling they are hired campaign types. No substance, no facts, just spewing a lot of bile. That doesn’t do much for having a healthy political debate. Innuendo and vicious personal attacks are all these folks have left, because the polling is so overwhelmingly at odds with what they want. Now we have Obama saying the Chamber of Commerce is some sort of nefarious foreign controlled outfit. Man, they really think we citizens are stupid. Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me. That goes for Roy this November and it may go for Barak in 2012. And to think I voted for both of them at one point! As for Carol, I don’t think I’ll get fooled the first time.

td

October 11th, 2010
5:12 pm

Scott

October 11th, 2010
4:40 pm
@td

Barnes had very little to do with the way GA’s districts were drawn. They were drawn by the courts to include minority districts as per the law. You can whine and spew all you want, but as long as the civil rights act is in force, thats how its gonna be and nobody you vote for in this electing can do a damn thing about it

You really need to go back and do a little reading my friend. The courts do not draw the lines. The state legislature draws the line, governor sign the bill and the voting rights act makes the state submit to the justice department for approval.

Barnes drew a super district where multiple legislators would be elected from the same district. The Clinton Justice department rejected his crap and then in 2002 the Republicans were in control of the state house. They had to compromise with Barnes (veto power) and this is the reason we currently have 7 Republicans and 5 Democrats in the House of Reps. when Georgia should have a 8-4 or 9-3 advantage.

Jamie

October 11th, 2010
5:43 pm

I think he drew a district for Charles Walker’s son, Champ, over in Augusta, but Champ ultimately lost.