Ads from Carol Porter and Casey Cagle — and a mysterious fight over a tax on groceries

Over the weekend, Democrat Carol Porter put out her first TV ad to attack Republican incumbent Casey Cagle in the race for lieutenant governor:

The script:

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:

The script:

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.”

Couple points:

– 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.

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70 comments Add your comment

Keith

October 25th, 2010
3:33 pm

You know Carol is kinda cute ot be over 50, but that’s no reason to vote for her.

Ralph

October 25th, 2010
3:43 pm

Who cares? Lt. Gov is about as useful as V.P. of the U.S.

It just means they inherit the office if the Governor dies, and they are likely to run for Governor someday. It is almost always automatic to have the same party hold the Lt. Gov. office as Governor.

Sarah Mills

October 25th, 2010
3:45 pm

Keith, you must work in Casey Cagle’s office because it seems the two of you have little respect for women in Georgia.

Carol Porter is a mother of 4 boys and a small business owner in South Georgia. She is active in politics and has more integrity in her pinky than Cagle has ever had.

He has broken his trust with Georgia and is the most corrupt state official in Georgia.

At Last an Honest Politician

October 25th, 2010
3:47 pm

Finally, we’ll elect an honest politician that’s not a banker, lawyer, builder, or developer. Porter will be the Governor in four years. Knock em dead Carol.

Tooth Fairy

October 25th, 2010
3:57 pm

If Carol Porter is Lieutenant Governor in 8 days, I will be flying around with little wings on slipping $0.25 under children’s pillows the world over in exchange for the teeth they are missing. Not much chance of either of those two things happening, but they have about the same probability.

Check your facts

October 25th, 2010
3:59 pm

@ Ralph: Please do a little research before you post another comment. The LT in Georgia is very different from the VP. Have you already forgotten the Perdue/Taylor combo? The Gov/LT do not run on a ticket like the Pres/VP. And unlike the VP, the LT actually runs the Senate floor. Cagle has a tremendous amount of power in deciding which bills come to floor and who speaks on those bills. The LT also does not always (or with Cagle hardly ever) toe the same line as the Gov. Even in the same party there are ideological differences.

Ralph

October 25th, 2010
4:01 pm

Hey “At Last an Honest Politician” – are you one of those who doesn’t believe in polling? Did you miss (or just dismiss) where all the polls show Cagle is going to win?

Lars

October 25th, 2010
4:01 pm

Yawn – this race is not even a contest.

Ralph

October 25th, 2010
4:05 pm

Yea, the U.S. V.P. is the president of the U.S. Senate, too. I sort of remember that fat guy Taylor – didn’t he take a shot at running for Governor?

Cagle is going to be the Lt. Gov., and at least I could care less. If he’s as bad as knee jerk Democrats claim – it will come out when he runs for Governor. In the meantime, I and hundreds of thousands of others will just vote the party.

Political Ho

October 25th, 2010
4:07 pm

Looks like Carol Porter is taking Marching orders from Chester Goatman Erick Erickson. He’s a democrats best friend. His candidates don’t win but they sure leave goat poop all over.

MD

October 25th, 2010
4:18 pm

Who is cinthia mckinney free loading off of these days.

catlady

October 25th, 2010
4:21 pm

If Deal ends up gov, we will be darned sorry having the steal-deal in training, Cagle, as lt. gov

Forlorn Republican

October 25th, 2010
4:23 pm

The Lt. Governor choice is key in this election because if Deal wins, the Lt. Governor will take over when he is indicted!

Fulton Resident

October 25th, 2010
4:27 pm

Cagle is going to win by a landslide.

Carol is not the little angel people think she is. Go ask anyone who has worked with her in Laurens County in the past 2 decades.

Larry Fitz

October 25th, 2010
4:32 pm

“Porter’s 30-second spot is financed by the state Democratic party”

It’s 44-seconds – guessing it’s not for TV. And doesn’t the Democratic Party have to put their name on a hit piece they paid for?

Sarah Mills

October 25th, 2010
4:34 pm

Carol Porter is doing better than those polls suggest and her campaign has momentum.

The Rome News Tribune, Dalton newspaper, and Thomasville papers have all endorsed Carol Porter

The popular conservative bloggers, Erick Erickson and Charlie Harper, believe Carol Porter is the real conservative and ethical choice for Georgia.

Carol Porter for Lt. Governor! http://www.carolporter4ga.com

Chief Wiggum

October 25th, 2010
4:38 pm

Weird. I posted, and it’s not showing. No links, no bad words. Did my post fall down the rat hole?

What I said was that education funding is the golden goose in this state. Public schools spend a lot of money per student, about as much as private schools, and the results aren’t as good. How DARE a politician dare to take on the golden goose of education spending. That’ll get the teachers all over them!

There is no “free” healthcare, and there is no “free education”. We pay dearly for education, through our taxes. Cutting spending at the state level is not going to hurt the education process. It’s about time that education spending gets a more critical eye. Where do the billions go? Seriously, the bigger systems have annual budgets well over $1 billion.

duckafawg

October 25th, 2010
4:51 pm

She has NO shot

Steve

October 25th, 2010
4:56 pm

Just put me down as another Republican voting for Porter and Barnes, it’s about ethics, y’all!

Big Foot

October 25th, 2010
4:58 pm

I think Carol Porter is a fine lady and Dubose is a fine fellow. But their politics are horrible! They are the liberal couple that we all know in our communities that you really enjoy and invite to every social function because they are interesting, engaging and personable, but you would never let them actually run anything you had an interest in. You sort of sit back and say, they are really nice folks – but they sure are off the wall! The state has been lucky to have Cagle as our Lt. Governor – he has made some really good things happen and quietly kept a lot of bad things from happening. He has the best interest of the state at heart and he is probably the most popular politician in the state because of it. And there is better to come now that he has a partner he can trust and work with in David Ralston over in the House. I have high hopes for our state because it is now in good hands under Cagle’s and Ralston’s leadership. I don’t know why Carol and Dubose both chose to tilt at windmills this year, but they did.

Deuce

October 25th, 2010
5:14 pm

Sarah Mills. We get it – you’re a staffer.

“The popular conservative bloggers, Erick Erickson and Charlie Harper”

I’ve heard of Erick Erickson before once. Who is Charlie Harper?

The Centrist

October 25th, 2010
5:18 pm

Who was it that Nathan Deal contacted to protect his salvage business contract, that led to ethic violations?

Road Scholar

October 25th, 2010
5:21 pm

Hey Casey, When and what did you know about the Richardson affair? Is that your family values too?

GaBlue

October 25th, 2010
5:24 pm

Notice how heartily the good ol’ boys come out to defend the good ol’ boy network — the people who control the state government and spend all their efforts funneling our tax dollars back and forth to each other in the form of no-bid contracts, land deals, fish ponds, and tax increases for homeowners to give corporate welfare to their buddies who are frankly, not creating jobs. They’re so busy scratching each other’s backs and approving loans that regular, non-network families would never get, that they’ve let our state slip farther and farther behind every year on the issues that matter.

Ah, but corruption does not stand up and call itself corruption, does it! They call themselves “values” and “conservatism” even though the only thing they’re conserving is their own status at the top of an ever widening socio-economic gap.

Then they try to tell you that there’s no chance in heck to stop them so you might as well stay home. ARE WE THAT STUPID? No, we’re not. We’re going to vote for Carol Porter, because we’re sick of this long-standing corruption.

Brother Casey

October 25th, 2010
5:26 pm

Remember, Brother Casey had to take $200,000 from the Homebuilders ASS. to beat Ralph Reed. The Homebuilders failed to report the contribution till after the race.

Bobby Anthony

October 25th, 2010
5:34 pm

I voted for Carol. I just regret that there was not a Democrat candidate for governor that I could support. I hope Barnes will get the message and never run for a political office again.

td

October 25th, 2010
5:34 pm

GaBlue

October 25th, 2010
5:24 pm

So this is where all the libs have come. Have you all given up on Barnes and his mud slinging failed campaign? Sorry guys but Porter is going to loose and loose big. You all just keep on slinging that mud the problem is it is not working this year.

The Centrist

October 25th, 2010
5:36 pm

So just what great pieces of legislation that Cagle allowed to get to the Georgia Senate? Other the other hand, while the Georgia legislature has done very little under Cagle, we must say that he was better than Richardson.

GaBlue

October 25th, 2010
5:40 pm

Deuce. We get it – you’re a defender of the status quo.

td,

It’s neither a democracy nor a representative republic unless there is choice. Sorry if you feel threatened by that basic precept. If you had something better with which to defend Cagle’s actions, then you wouldn’t need to tell us there’s no hope.

The Centrist

October 25th, 2010
5:40 pm

td is probably right that Porter will lose big, but Cagle winning big is nothing to be proud about. There is very little mud to sling since Cagle has done so very little.

Alabama Communist

October 25th, 2010
5:53 pm

More Breaking News on Thrilling LT Gov Race……………….Both Candiates ended up in a Tax food fight in a Kroger Parking lot today with the present Lt Governor getting plaster by 46 lemon cream puffs on face and his Hind end by his democrat competition. A Republican Tea Party Spokensperson said this would not stand and they were drawing a line in the Handicapped section of the Kroger parking lot…..A Democrat spokensperson said the Republican candiate was just another sour Tea Party puss who couldn’t fight his way out of a wet Kroger shopping bag……..

td

October 25th, 2010
5:57 pm

The Centrist

October 25th, 2010
5:40 pm
td is probably right that Porter will lose big, but Cagle winning big is nothing to be proud about. There is very little mud to sling since Cagle has done so very little.

This is exactly what conservatives want from Government. To only take on issues that must be dealt with and to get out of the way the rest of the time. Now you are starting to get it Centrist. We may turn you from the dark side yet. I can not give up hope that you can be changed.

Dave

October 25th, 2010
5:58 pm

Is it just me or does Casey look a little like Woody Harrelson?

td

October 25th, 2010
6:00 pm

GaBlue

October 25th, 2010
5:40 pm
Deuce. We get it – you’re a defender of the status quo.

td,

It’s neither a democracy nor a representative republic unless there is choice. Sorry if you feel threatened by that basic precept. If you had something better with which to defend Cagle’s actions, then you wouldn’t need to tell us there’s no hope.

There is choice in the Republican primaries. I wish there was a little more choice in primaries but we conservatives must work a little harder.

Deuce

October 25th, 2010
6:22 pm

“Deuce. We get it – you’re a defender of the status quo.”

GaBlue/Carol Porter – stop yelling. It’s a blog. And I didn’t say who I was supporting. You’re just irrational and replying to people who are making benign comments.

But since you’re already assuming. I and everyone I know is voting for Casey Cagle and against Carol Porter.

Lt. Gov may be Gov

October 25th, 2010
6:24 pm

If a federal grand jury indicts Nathan Deal, then the Lt Gov will automatically move up. So, Gainesville wins either way. Grand Jury story: http://www.peachpundit.com/2010/07/28/federal-grand-jury-investigating-nathan-deal/

Billy Bob

October 25th, 2010
7:11 pm

Sure hope Casey’s neck is better. Would hate to see him have another “flare-up”!

Galt

October 25th, 2010
7:28 pm

Wow! I’ve seen this cagle ad for over a week. And I also remember an “AJC” story about the reinstatement of these taxes last year. Maybe it was Galloway who just got up today (from a looooong sleep) and realized that he needs to help his Ds buddies make some news out of a nonstory. What a bore.

t evans

October 25th, 2010
8:23 pm

All I have to say, is GOOOOOOOOO CAROL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! She is a smart business woman, who can make the tough decisions when she has to do so. I am excited to get to vote for a candidate who is anti-corruption!

Sage

October 25th, 2010
8:46 pm

Is if just me or does Cagle look like Woody Harrelson from Cheers??

Kush

October 25th, 2010
9:22 pm

You idiots actually think Cagle has done anything worth while? I say let someone else give it a try. Its time for something other than corrupt buisness as usual in all phases of government. If Cagle wins, you idiots need not complain when this state falls to third world status.

Ramguy

October 25th, 2010
9:35 pm

Ga is rated last in education…..then we are going to elect Deal and Cagle just in case there is any doubt.

td

October 25th, 2010
9:41 pm

Kush

October 25th, 2010
9:22 pm
You idiots actually think Cagle has done anything worth while? I say let someone else give it a try. Its time for something other than corrupt buisness as usual in all phases of government. If Cagle wins, you idiots need not complain when this state falls to third world status

If you think it is going to be that bad then run, run as fast as you can and get the heck out of the state so you will not have to suffer.

td

October 25th, 2010
9:47 pm

Ramguy

October 25th, 2010
9:35 pm
Ga is rated last in education…..then we are going to elect Deal and Cagle just in case there is any doubt.

Ga. was rated last under Roy, Sonny got it up to 48. It really does not matter because no matter how much money you pump into education, how well the teachers are trained or what the student to teacher ratio is, education will never really improve in Ga. until their is a cultural change in the way education is treated in the community and the home.

Hey Casey

October 25th, 2010
10:26 pm

Pants on the ground, pants on the ground, looking like a fool with your pants on the ground.

Gator Guy

October 25th, 2010
10:50 pm

I’m finished trusting ANY politician. They will say anything to get elected, and then the minute they’re in office, they find the first special interest group they can to jump in bed with. Then, about six months before the next election, and after not doing anything for the middle class for their entire term, we start hearing again how much they care for us. PHOOEY!!!!The only choice in an election these days is picking which one of the “candidates” is the least slimy, and that’s getting harder to distinguish every election!!!!

john

October 25th, 2010
11:10 pm

Casey looks weird like a snake.

The Thin Guy

October 25th, 2010
11:33 pm

The statement that Cagle cut $ 4 billion in education is typical of the vacuous attack commercials aimed at unsophisticated voters. Of course, education was cut. There’s no money. Georgia isn’t the federal government; it is required to have a balanced budget. None of Georgia’s politicians can solve our financial problems because the source of our problems is in Washington. The Great Øbungle-Pelosi Depression was caused by Marxist economics. Good times aren’t going to return until there is an American in The White House and The Wicked Witch of the West loses her broom.

Robert

October 26th, 2010
12:45 am

Sarah Mills, quit abusing the message boards with COI campaigning. Makes me want to vote for Cagle.

Tooth Fairy

October 26th, 2010
7:09 am

Will Carol Porter carry Laurens County? Will she out poll her husband who carried three counties of 159 in the Governor’s race? Will Cagle carry the state by more than 55%. Tune in next week to find out the answers to these thrilling questions. This race is so over and so boring.