Over the weekend, Democrat Carol Porter put out her first TV ad to attack Republican incumbent Casey Cagle in the race for lieutenant governor:
Carol Porter: “I’m Carol Porter. My opponent Casey Cagle says he protected educational funding, but in reality he cut $4 billion. He says he kept taxes low. But he gave us the single largest property tax increase in Georgia history, during a recession.
“Taxpayers are tapped out, and we deserve the truth. There are solutions for Georgia, but we need new ethical leadership to push them through. I’m Carol Porter, and I ask for your vote for lieutenant governor.”
(A video previously in the above space was incorrectly identified as a work product of the state Democratic party.)
Cagle responded with this today:
Female narrator: “Carol Porter. Her false attacks and liberal agenda are wrong.”
Casey Cagle: “In Georgia, putting a priority on people means doing what’s right. That’s why we fought to keep the sales tax off groceries, balance the budget without raising taxes, cut over $3 billion of government spending, and lived within our means.
“Because protecting your ability to provide for loved ones will always be my highest priority.”
Female narrator: “Casey Cagle. Priority, Georgia.”
– First, notice that neither candidate is declaring a party identification. Both are aiming at swing voters;
– Secondly, Cagle’s reference to a fight in the state Capitol to keep the sales tax off groceries has many of us scratching our heads.
State Rep. Chuck Sims (R-Ambrose) has introduced such legislation – but it has never gone anywhere in the House, where it must originate. Cagle rules over the state Senate.
A spokesman for the Cagle campaign said the candidate was referring to preemptive statements aimed at Sims’ legislation — and to then-House Speaker Glenn Richardson’s failed “Great Plan” to shift most taxation away from property taxes and toward a comprehensive sales tax.
A special blue-ribbon commission is currently looking at an overhaul of the state’s system, and many of those on the commission have hinted that this might be something to consider. But nothing has broken out into the open yet.