Your morning jolt: Casey Cagle, Carol Porter and a certain delicate matter

Republican candidate for Georgia lieutenant governor Casey Cagle, left, argues a point as Democratic candidate Carol Porter, looks on during a debate Sunday. AP/David Goldman

Republican candidate for Georgia lieutenant governor Casey Cagle, left, argues a point as Democratic candidate Carol Porter, looks on during a debate Sunday. AP/David Goldman

Mark Twain is alleged to have declared that ignorance rarely is the culprit in tough spots. What gets us in trouble is the stuff we do know for certain — that just ain’t so.

Late Friday, going into the final weekend before Tuesday’s vote, a complaint was filed before the State Ethics Commission, alleging that – several years ago — Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle had an affair with his campaign manager and paid her $181,000 in campaign funds to hush the relationship up.

The complaint was filed by Ray Boyd, the real estate executive who attempted to join the GOP race for governor this spring – armed with $2 million of his own cash. He was refused, because he declined to sign a loyalty oath to the party.

Here’s what he told 11Alive:

Boyd [said] Friday that he does not have any proof of the affair as he describes it in his official complaint to the state, but “I kept stumbling across this rumor, as everybody called it. Only it wasn’t a rumor like most rumors, it was the same story, exactly” every time he heard it.

This is no stone cast at 11Alive. We reported our own version of Boyd’s charges. The point is that repeated rumors placed in the official record four days before an election should be taken as exactly that. No matter how often they’ve been told and retold.

The story that Boyd has heard – as have many others – is that a state-paid secretary walked in on Cagle and the young lady sometime after he beat Ralph Reed in the 2006 Republican contest for lieutenant governor.

Cagle, facing a rival who had quiet connections to the Indian gambling industry, campaigned on the theme that character is something you do when no one is looking. That alone would make the Boyd allegation worth considering – if any of the three parties had ever hinted that it was true.

They have not. Nor has any corroborating evidence surfaced.

The Senate staff secretary says Boyd offered her cash to confirm the account. He says he did not.

The closest that Boyd comes to proof is his allegation that the campaign manager was overpaid. But subtract a $25,000 win bonus from a campaign that won national attention, and the payment becomes a $78,000 per year salary over two years. Perhaps on the high side, but given that the Cagle campaign was a challenge to one of the most popular names in national Republican politics, not necessarily inexplicable.

The Boyd allegation came just before the final event of the campaign, a 30-minute debate Sunday night on Georgia Public Broadcasting. Dan Barber, the Libertarian candidate, had declared that he would question Cagle about the topic. He did not.

Possibly because the lieutenant governor’s wife and three very grown sons were in the small television audience.

The topic was left to Tom Baxter of InsiderAdvantage and the Southern Political Report, who asked Cagle if he blamed his Democratic rival, Carol Porter, for the filing of the ethics complaint.

Significantly, Cagle did not. Here’s what the lieutenant governor said:

”It’s very disturbing. I’ll be very candid with you. It’s extremely disturbing. And I’m very frustrated that this individual brought an ethics filing that has no credibility whatsoever. I think enough has been said about it. Is it hurtful? It sure is hurtful. It’s hurtful for my wife, who’s sitting in the audience. It’s hurtful for my three boys who sit there as well.

“And there’s no place for this kind of activity that’s politically motivated with no evidence and no facts behind it.”

Just as significantly, Porter, co-owner of a newspaper in Dublin, Ga., denied any involvement in the matter:

”Absolutely not. I had no idea Ray Boyd was going to file an ethics complaint against the lieutenant governor. I had never met Ray Boyd until he came by to endorse me because he really doesn’t like the lieutenant governor. But I had no knowledge whatsoever.

“I have refused to talk on any of that stuff the entire campaign. I will not talk on it. It’s a dead subject. And I asked my friends on Facebook not to forward any of the information about it.”

The substance of the allegation was left unsaid during the debate — and a newcomer to the argument would have been left scratching his head about the whole thing.

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With Republicans likely to take control of the U.S. House on Tuesday, many have wondered about areas for compromise when it comes to jobs and the federal budget.

U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, a Republican from Coweta County, had a suggestion this weekend: Federal cash is needed to dredge the Port of Savannah, and rebuild highways leading to it.

From the Savannah Morning News:

This expansion will increase the freight capacity of the port of Savannah by 20 percent, all the while creating 10,800 new jobs and $242 million in additional income for employees. Some federal investment in this project would provide a significant return for the American taxpayer while bringing one of our country’s top ports into the next generation of ocean commerce.

Another area in which the president can work with Republicans is on expanding our roadway system. More than 70 percent of all freight in this country is transported on our roadways, meaning traffic congestion along some of our most crowded roads can result in delays to consumers and additional costs for the freight industry across the country.

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U.S. Rep. John Lewis’ people say the video below will be used in GOTV efforts by Democrats in competitive races across the country — “competitive” being the key word:

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Secretary of State Brian Kemp objected to the wording of an Insider post Sunday, stating that he had ruled that tea party enthusiasts could not wear their T-shirts, hats and buttons to the polls on Tuesday.

Said Kemp:

Your October 31 post on the AJC Political Insider is an extremely inaccurate description of my office’s application of election law. On Friday, October 29, my office’s Elections Division conducted a statewide web conference with elections officials in each Georgia county to remind them of their primary requirements regarding election administration and reporting of results, election law regarding the main issues they are most likely to encounter on Election Day, and to address any questions or concerns as they make final Election Day preparations.

During the conference we reminded county officials, as we always do prior to a statewide primary or general election, that state law prohibits voters or anyone else in a polling place from wearing any clothing or paraphernalia related to any candidate, political party or organization or any political issue. This is certainly not a new ruling meant to single out any particular organization, but a reminder to the counties of longstanding election law. In fact, the Secretary of State’s office has addressed similar issues in previous elections, including, for example, the 2008 general election. In 2008, county election offices and this office received reports of individuals wearing t-shirts depicting then-Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama and other paraphernalia with pro-Obama campaign slogans. The voters were informed of the law and that they would have to remove the paraphernalia or turn their shirt inside-out if they chose to remain in the polling place.

The obvious reason for this law is to maintain the sanctity of the polling place as an area where Georgia voters can cast their ballots free from intimidation, harassment and electioneering. As Georgia’s Chief Elections Officer, my role is to maintain a secure, accessible and fair election process for every voter, and this is a responsibility I take very seriously. I will enforce the laws of this state equally and fairly, and every citizen, every political party, every political group, and every voter will be treated the same.

If any voter believes they are being treated unfairly at their precinct on Election Day, or if they witness a potential election law violation, I ask them to immediately contact the poll manager on duty, their county election supervisor, and the Secretary of State’s Stop Vote Fraud Hotline at 877-725-9797.

All that said, Matt Carrothers, a spokesman for the secretary of state, affirmed that tea party members would not be permitted to wear their T-shirts, hats or buttons to the polls on Tuesday.

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One state House race that may bear watching on Tuesday is the contest between Democratic incumbent Pat Dooley and Republican challenger Sam Teasley.

teasleyflyer

Last week, Georgia’s WIN List – a fund for Democratic women – declared that Dooley’s District 38 seat had become the No. 1 pick-up target for House Republicans — and asked supporters to pony up an additional $10,000 for get-out-the-vote efforts.

Teasley has his own complaints – primarily this Democratic flyer that says he raised taxes. He is not the incumbent, the real estate agent helpfully points out. The “and” does not apply.

Remember: Whether you’re Democrat or Republican, without proper grammar — you’re all lost.

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103 comments Add your comment

Sharia Lawyer

November 1st, 2010
7:13 am

Where is Deal’s original signed copy of his loyalty oath?

Mrs Malaprop

November 1st, 2010
7:20 am

You mean the proper grammer that has eluded you thus far, sir?

Red

November 1st, 2010
7:40 am

Governor Porter; it has a nice ring to it.

I can see Russia from my house aka half governor of Alaska

November 1st, 2010
7:52 am

Casey, come on up to Alaska and show me what you got. Leave all those corrupt ba$tards behind.

You betcha!

Un-savvy Businessman

November 1st, 2010
8:13 am

Sexual exploits under the Gold Dome are nothing new. They’ve been screwing voters for years.

Tommy Maddox

November 1st, 2010
8:28 am

Ray Boyd = sour grapes.

Enjoy tomorrow…

Deuce

November 1st, 2010
8:37 am

It’s disgusting Ray Boyd would attack Cagle and his family like that. Cagle will win big tomorrow.

FarmerRob

November 1st, 2010
8:37 am

Is anyone really stupid enough to believe a complaint filed by a jilted wannabe candidate, filed on the eve of the election, (when there is virtually no time for the Lt. Gov to defend himself,) and admittedly based only on a RUMOR that he heard. It is difficult to disprove a negative in a short time span.

Mister Boyd wanted to join a party but was not willing to be loyal to it. That is standard practice with all political parties. One has to wonder if he ever had serious intent to be a candidate or was he just a plant with only the intent of character assassination. There are too many who will give him credibility he does not deserve (just because he “tried” to join the GOP,) and too many who will believe anything negative about anyone–especially a politician.

Even if it were to turn out to be true…frankly I am at the point that I will take a corrupt or scandalous Republican over ANY demon-cratic.

Everybody

November 1st, 2010
8:44 am

We know its true. No matter what the “parties involved” said.

BPJ

November 1st, 2010
8:49 am

Never mind the Cagle story. The interesting one here is that Rep. Westmoreland, a conservative Republican, says the parties should work together to provide federal money to dredge the port of Savannah, and rebuild highways leading to it. Of course, there was a lot of this sort of thing in the “stimulus”, and it was mostly money well spent (if you get all your news from FauxNews, this may come as a shock). But our infrastructure (roads, bridges, rail, power grid) is in bad shape, and such projects provide lots of private-sector jobs also. In 2009, there were 3 months when ALL the Georgia DOT projects were funded entirely by federal stimulus money.

It will be interesting to see who prevails in the Republican caucus next year: pragmatic views such as those expressed by Westmoreland, or those who sputter indiscriminately against “federal spending”.

Last Man Standing

November 1st, 2010
8:49 am

FarmerRob:

“frankly I am at the point that I will take a corrupt or scandalous Republican over ANY demon-cratic.”

My sentiment exactly.

atlmom

November 1st, 2010
8:54 am

BPJ: why should a penny of our money be funneled thru the federal govt in order for it to come back to us? More bureaucracy always leads to more money being spent. And the feds shouldn’t be the ones ‘deciding’ where the money should be spent. If we lowered federal taxes, the states would be able to raise taxes in order to fund what should be done (i.e., infrastructure). My money in GA should be spent in GA. And if there is corruption, or the politicians are not doing what we the people want, it’s much easier to get them out of office than to deal with those in DC – given that they don’t care a whit about what is going on. They just like to play the good guy and try to get some votes.

ROBOCOP

November 1st, 2010
8:56 am

Last Man Standing & FarmerRob

Spoken like two truly ethically challenged partisans.

south ga. possum

November 1st, 2010
8:57 am

Mr. Brian Kemp. This latest story from the AJC concerning your office and the ruling on the Tea Party is not the only story AJC has printed that came out sounding totally different than what was really said. They’ve been doing it to Nathan Deal and some other candidates for months. the AJC is going to give stories the liberal slant , lean towards democrats and say what they think will sell thier paper. I just hope for the next 48 hours AJC does what it should have always done…and that is stay the hell out of politics. Having been a professional news broadcaster for over twenty years i was taught a news or sports announcer was to remain unbiased, fair and neutral. The way i was graded by my peers in broadcasting was….could they determine who i was for, where i stood, or what i may be really thinking. AJC could never pass this test.

Last Man Standing

November 1st, 2010
9:01 am

ROBOCOP:

As if I am concerned about what you think . . .

Sandra

November 1st, 2010
9:03 am

Quite honestly, most of you are really fruitcakes. And to you guys who say you will vote for any Republican over a Democrat no matter how unethical or immoral they are, do you know how really stupid that sounds?

UGA 1954

November 1st, 2010
9:09 am

@Sandra — I am a republican but I voted for Porter.

lucy

November 1st, 2010
9:13 am

This is why Cagle did not run for governor. Looks like we will have a crook as a governor and an adulterer as lt. governor. I guess that tell us something about the GA electorate. And Sandra, I couldn’t have said it better myself.

Last Man Standing

November 1st, 2010
9:13 am

Sandra:

I learned everything I know about ethics and morality from democrats. What do you expect?

roybama barnes

November 1st, 2010
9:19 am

I’m amazed at the level of smear that campaigns go to. to get their horse in front. The use gutter, distortions and outright lies. Carol Porter can deny knowledge all she wants, but some of the very people she boasts as supporters have been peppering the internet with that sewage for awhile. Their desperation to make the fiction become fact has only made their credibility become zero.

The fact is, Lt. Gov. Cagle has run a tight ship and done a superb job.

It also makes me wonder why those same proponents of fiction don’t look at the FACT that Roy Barnes stymied an investigation of the most notorious serial pedophile in U.S. history. That FACT is documented in a book by Bill Osinski, former AJC writer. That FACT is also reiterated in over 100 news stories. It’s also a FACT that Roy Barnes took photos with cult members, in the GOVERNOR’S office a mere month before the FBI raid on York’s compound. http://bibbrepublicanparty.com

hoopdog

November 1st, 2010
9:19 am

that story on Cagle is absolutely true and everyone around the gold dome knows it. amazing it hasn’t gotten legs yet..

Will

November 1st, 2010
9:20 am

Farmer Boyd- A politician having an affair?? No way!!

An American Patriot

November 1st, 2010
9:21 am

“Where there’s smoke, there’s usually fire”……however, I don’t think that something as personal as this should be used by an opponent in a political race…..it’s dirty politics and the person using it should never be elected to a public office……shame, shame on you, whoever you are :( Remember to vote responsibly on November 2nd :)

The Mafia Knows

November 1st, 2010
9:21 am

Regardless of whoever Ray Boyd is and his latest stab at 15 minutes of fame, it would appear that old Casey literially got caught with his pants down on this one. Too many people know too many details for this to be fabricated.
Casey’s secretary, who caught them in the act, was asked by Casey to sign a statement saying the incident never happened. The secretary, who has some serious medical issues, was faced with the possibility of losing her job and state health insurance if she didn’t cooperate. It was her word versus the word of the powerful Lt. Governor. Hardly a fair fight, Casey.
Then, there were 17 members of the “Gwinette Mafia” who called Casey up to Gwinette for a little get together. Casey thought he was going to pick up a contribution check, instead they started passing out photos of Casey involved in activities that suddenly caused him to have a “back injury”. Two days later, Casey announced that he was out of the Governor’s race, his back so injured that he could not endure a statewide race. Yet, he ran a statewide race for Lt. Governor and the Peachtree Road race for good measure.
Finally, the incident this past legislative session involving two young staffers was witnessed by plenty of lobbyists. Two young ladies in a catfight when each found out they were “the other woman”. Throw in the fact that Casey has covered for the fratboy behaviour of several other state senators, and you can see that Casey has some serious character issues. Any guy who can look into a camera and say he didn’t balance the budget on the backs of the school children after cutting $5B out of education and cutting the school year from 180 days to 142, has to be a pathilogical liar.
But, just like Deal, no amount of evidence will change the rabid, illogical mentality of the Cagle/Deal supporters. A movie of Deal running out of a bank with a gun and a sack of money, and Casey with a harem of women just doesn’t matter. Somehow the hatred of Obama has taken away their supporters ability to think. Sad times in Georgia.

ROBOCOP

November 1st, 2010
9:21 am

Last Man Standing

I don’t care one iota whether you care about what I think. I’m just calling a spade a spade.

Will

November 1st, 2010
9:23 am

My bad, I meant Farmer Rob.

666

November 1st, 2010
9:24 am

The Devil made Cagle do it. No republican would ever stoop that low and do something such as this. They are religous you know.
The Devil made him do it, The Devil made him do it.

WOW

November 1st, 2010
9:28 am

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

November 1st, 2010
9:30 am

Americans’ patriotism is gauged only by their loyalty to Our Creed’s three mottoes: Faction is the bane of Liberty. That Bush and Cheney have yet to be brought to justice for having committed 9/11 proves this to be true. Fascist plutocracy must be extirpated and the border sealed that Rome’s published stratagem be thwarted. Meantime let us vote for Barnes, Porter, Sam Olens, and Michael Thurmond…and Governor Carol Porter does have an excellent ring to it.

atlmom

November 1st, 2010
9:33 am

Dan barber for lt. gov’ner.
Re: the ‘tea party’ wearing something to support the ‘tea party.’ It is NOT a political party – if it is, Mr. Kemp, then why are they not on the ballot? Oh, i see, it’s a political party when it suits you – otherwise, they’re just a group of people. Hmmm…

WOW

November 1st, 2010
9:34 am

In contrast, Rountree said, there was no GOP “800-pound gorilla” in the seven-way Republican race.

Instead, he said, there was a “paper gorilla” – state Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine.

A publicity hound, Oxendine had held his job for 15 years and was by far the best-known GOP candidate – and the most prolific fundraiser

He led in all polls until about two weeks before the July 20 primary.

But Oxendine was never the favorite of worker-bee GOP activists who help turn out votes.

And what began as a trickle of ethics allegations eventually gushed into a torrent.

Deal, too, faced ethics investigations stemming from his previous service in Congress, but clung to third place in the polls.

Black and others say he would have lost if revelations about his finances and other ethics issues had surfaced before the primary.

“He never really was thoroughly vetted because no one thought he had much of a chance,” Rountree said.

After Oxendine’s support imploded shortly before the primary, Deal edged out former Savannah state Sen. Eric Johnson for second place.

That won Deal a spot in an Aug. 10 runoff against Karen Handel. The former secretary of state was favored; after all, she’d led by 11 percentage points on July 20.

But she owed that in part to having repeatedly portrayed Oxendine, Deal and Johnson as crooks. Many of their supporters shunned her and lined up behind Deal, who won the runoff by less than half of 1 percent.

“Given what we now know about Deal,” said UGA’s Bullock, “I think Handel and Johnson probably are kicking themselves for not having spent more on opposition research.”

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

November 1st, 2010
9:40 am

“Opposition research” on Deal should amount to anything beyond looking at him and listening to him? He’s obviously crooked.

Deputy Dan

November 1st, 2010
9:40 am

Everybody & hoopdog

You’re really bold and courageous to get on here and say “they’re absolutely true”…..anonymously….with a pseudonym.

“amazing it hasn’t gotten legs yet”.

Probably because its not true and its a vicious attack.

Hall County Mafia

November 1st, 2010
9:42 am

He’s a Hall County Cagle and if you’re from North Georgia, you know he’s just like his daddy.

Last Man Standing

November 1st, 2010
9:46 am

ROBOCOP:

“I’m just calling a spade a spade”

Was that meant to be a racist remark?

Jon Lester

November 1st, 2010
9:51 am

I had already voted early before Boyd’s allegation surfaced, and I had plenty of compelling reasons to vote against Cagle, and that was assuming nothing was amiss in his personal life. I most certainly don’t need anyone like Boyd trying to buy his way into my life.

lex

November 1st, 2010
9:52 am

Carol Porter has class. These hormonally crazed, lying cheating frat boys make Georgia look really bad. Georgia has gone nowhere over the past eight years and will continue it’s slide if Deal/Cagle win.

ROBOCOP

November 1st, 2010
9:54 am

Last Man Standing

No. That’s something I’d expect from you and your ilk.

Ralph

November 1st, 2010
10:01 am

Disgusting AJC politics of repeating this rumor. Newspapers used to have the ethic of only reporting facts. That was the defense from the main stream media when they even ignored the facts that substantiated the John Edwards rumor when the sensationalist National Enquirer actually caught Edwards red handed.

The Thin Guy

November 1st, 2010
10:06 am

This is just politics dimmicrap style. Lie, lie, lie and hope there are people stupid enough to believe it. Will it benefit that nasty old broad running against Casey? Hope not. Imagine having to look and listen to that hate mongering harridan for 4 years.

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

November 1st, 2010
10:09 am

Cagle’s neck “issue” turned out to be fake. That “opens the door” for other lies.

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

November 1st, 2010
10:11 am

True Georgia Peach Carol Porter is obviously an articulate, refined lady of grace and intelligence. Any saying otherwise is simply a reflection of his or her own shortcomings.

Last Man Standing

November 1st, 2010
10:13 am

Ralph:

“Disgusting AJC politics of repeating this rumor”

I’m sure that it didn’t surprise you. The AJC has been in the tank for democrats since day one, and have repeatedly demonstrated it on a daily basis. I can’t wait to see what stories they run on Wednesday!

Sara

November 1st, 2010
10:14 am

Cagle has lied to Georgians about his record, he raised our taxes and furloughed teachers then looked us straight in the eye and said he didn’t. He is obviously a smooth liar so it wouldn’t surprise me if he is lying about “other things” as well.

Seeking Humanity

November 1st, 2010
10:16 am

How desperately do we need a viable third party? We’re likely going to elect 2 guys with questionable ethics to the top 2 positions in the state. The only good news is that it is sure to bring more business to the state, as they only need to offer some bribe money or a gorgeous blond to get whatever incentives laid out for them. Meanwhile, we will continue to look like some back-water hicks who are too stupid to know right from wrong when it is smacking us in the neck. Where’s the humanity?

Voting for Carol Porter

November 1st, 2010
10:17 am

Carol Porter is a true fiscal conservative and ethical leader. The same cannot be said about Cagle (even if he didn’t cheat on his wife, and let’s face it, he probably did).

I hope everyone will vote for Carol Porter for Lt. Governor this Tuesday!!!!

lex

November 1st, 2010
10:19 am

The Thin Guy

You sound like one of Casey’s goon squad..
Name calling and misogynistic, sophomoric rantings.
That’s real class.

Jack of Clubs

November 1st, 2010
10:20 am

“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.”
Joseph Goebbels

The enemies of Nathan Deal have certainly done this in this campaign – on several issues.

Last Man Standing

November 1st, 2010
10:33 am

Sara:

“Cagle has lied to Georgians about his record, he raised our taxes and furloughed teachers then looked us straight in the eye and said he didn’t. He is obviously a smooth liar so it wouldn’t surprise me if he is lying about “other things” as well.

Wow! I never understood that the Lieutenant Governor had the power to raise taxes and furlough teachers! Would you please tell me where I can find the information giving the Lieutenant Governor those powers?

lucy

November 1st, 2010
10:43 am

Robocop, as long as you and other short sighted people put politics ahead of principle, GA will never be as great as it could be. I’m an independent voter, and I vote for the person regardless of party affiliation. Personally, I don’t want a self-serving, unethical crook who can’t even manage his own money as governor nor do I want a lying adulterer as my lt. governor.