Your morning jolt: A call for Casey Cagle to resign, from a Tommie Williams aide

On her Facebook page Monday, Republican activist Pat Tippett commented on an unsourced – and so far, unverified – report that Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle is colluding with Democrats to regain his authority in the state Senate.

Cagle has denied any Democratic involvement, but that didn’t convince Tippett:

”Lt. Gov. YOU NEED TO RESIGN! Why do you think we spend our valuable time, money, and energy for our party? It is not to see the democrats in control! RESIGN!”

None of this would be worth noting, except that Tippett is also a part-time staffer for Senate President pro tem Tommie Williams, the lieutenant governor’s rival for leadership of the chamber. Tippett works out of Williams’ office in Lyons, Ga., and is paid from the ranking Senate Republican’s campaign account.

Tippett and her friend Kay Godwin are perhaps the most influential GOP volunteers in south Georgia. They are co-founders of Georgia Conservatives in Action, a group that received $2,000 from Williams in 2010, according to the agency formerly known as the State Ethics Commission.

Tippett was unapologetic. In an e-mail on Monday, she sent this:

”I have worked too hard, spent too much money, and hours away from my family to help Republicans get elected. This is not right and I am deeply hurt by the apparent actions of the Lt. Gov. If this is true I do call for his resignation.”

Shirley Franklin’s Blogging While Blue has a memo from numbers cruncher Chris Huttman of 20/20 Insight, urging Georgia Democrats not to panic over the 2010 census results. Despite the depopulation of Atlanta, the news is quite good, he said:

What’s different about this census is that counties like Douglas, Henry, Newton, Paulding and Rockdale have seen explosive growth that has already tilted many districts contained within towards the Democrats.

Seventy-three percent of the population growth in these five counties was African American. The Republicans may counter with the strong growth in the Northern ring of Cherokee, Forsyth and Hall counties. Growth is strong there, and Democratic gains aren’t likely, but to put things in perspective for every two new whites that now live in Cherokee, Forsyth and Hall, three African Americans were added to Douglas, Henry, Newton, Paulding and Rockdale.

There had been some chatter that Gov. Nathan Deal could – pointing to consecutive months of decent growth — increase the state’s revenue estimate, and thus take pressure off lawmakers trying to cobble together an $18 billion budget.

But Walter Jones of Morris News Agency said a Deal representative declared otherwise at the first meeting of the House-Senate budget conference committee on Monday:

Debbie Dlugolenski, director of the Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget, served notice that Gov. Nathan Deal could still reduce the revenue estimate of how much money will be available for next year’s budget. This is the fourth year of budget cuts, but deeper ones would be needed if he lowers the estimate.

“The governor is taking a very cautious approach as it relates to state revenues,” she said. “There’s still some weakness in the economy.”

He also has some specific concerns, she said. One is over the use of bonds on maintenance projects rather than restricting them to construction or equipment purchases for items that will continue to be used as long as the bonds are being paid off.

Martin Luther King III and former Atlanta mayor Andrew Young have teamed up to launch a new broadcast network aimed at African-Americans, named Bounce. From the Los Angeles Times:

The network, which plans to debut this fall, will go after blacks in the 25-54 demographic. That will put it squarely in competition with TV One, the cable network co-owned by Comcast Corp. and radio operator Alfred Liggins. Viacom’s BET remains the highest-rated cable channel catering to African Americans.

Others on board include Young’s son Andrew “Bo” Young II, Rainforest Films (”Stomp the Yard,” “Obsessed,” “Takers”) co-founders Rob Hardy and Will Packer and former Turner Broadcasting executives Ryan Glover and Jonathan Katz…..

The network was announced on the 43rd anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., but there was no mention of the significance of the date in any of the material from the company or any of the statements from those involved in Bounce.

Gov. Nathan Deal has a busy May calendar ahead. First, there’s the state GOP convention on May 13 and 14. Now, Global Atlanta reports that the governor will be in Britain from May 16 to 18, and then will pop over to Germany to promote the state “as an investment destination.”

Yonhap News Agency, citing an unnamed source, says former President Jimmy Carter – fresh from a trip to Cuba — will make a private trip to North Korea on April 26 to 28.

Here’s something else about Jimmy Carter you may not have known. From the Montreal Gazette:

There was a crippled nuclear reactor, contaminated water everywhere and teams of heroic workers clad in protective suits assigned to the life-risking task of radiation cleanup — in shifts of no more than 90 seconds per man.

But this was not Fukushima, the site of the tsunami-triggered nuclear emergency 240 kilometres north of Tokyo, where three workers died as a result of the initial March 11 earthquake and three others were reported this weekend to have suffered severe radiation exposure.

This crisis occurred in 1952 at the Chalk River research reactor about 200 kilometres northwest of Ottawa, and among those who risked their lives to contain what was then the world’s first major atomic accident was a young naval lieutenant and future U.S. president: Jimmy Carter.

Carter’s memories of the Canadian crisis almost 60 years ago — an event that he says helped shape his understanding of nuclear issues, including arms negotiations and the Three Mile Island disaster during his presidency — are set down in a new book to be launched this month that highlights the 86-year-old statesman’s special relationship with Canada.

Today’s AJC Politifact considers a statement by former U.S. House speaker Newt Gingrich that states could save money by thinking about alternatives to prisons.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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22 comments Add your comment

green green

April 5th, 2011
9:29 am

Cagle “colluding with Democrats to regain his authority”? What, because Senate Dems are so famously powerful? Were you talking about Robert Brown or the gentleman from the 33rd?


April 5th, 2011
9:43 am

I can think of more than half a dozen reasons Casey Cagle should resign, and none of them include “colluding with Democrats.”
It’s pitiful that “colluding with Democrats” is the straw that broke Pat Tippett’s back.
If Georgia voters were as concerned with Right versus Wrong as they are with Republican versus Democrat, Casey Cagle never would have been re-elected.

Let the Big Dawg Eat

April 5th, 2011
9:45 am


April 5th, 2011
9:48 am

Another example of why Legislators’ aides should not have Facebook or blog accounts.

[...] Jim Galloway is reporting that Uber-Social Conservative Pat Tippett has called for Cagle to resign, with a follow up slight [...]


April 5th, 2011
10:14 am

Pat Tippet couldn’t care less about Georgia, as long as her little darlings maintain every bit of power in their tight little fists.

Amazing story on Jimmy Carter. Wingnuts won’t give him one ounce of credit for anything. Like Pat, if you’re not in their club, you’re sub-human. Her life will consist of money grubbing and arm twisting, and Republicans consider her a more worthwhile leader than our former president. Says a lot about the GOP way, where flapping your gums and pandering is the way to go.

Linda Schrenko #56443-019

April 5th, 2011
10:16 am

Pat also works pretty hard to get certain Republicans unelected. See Byrd, Roger, R-Hazelhurst.


April 5th, 2011
10:18 am

Tippett and Godwin are nothing more than Sadie Fields wannabes (they were on the board of Sadie’s Ga Christain Alliance) who only really care about stuff like abortion, queers, alcohol, gambling, etc…. They wouldn’t know a true fiscal issue if it bit them on their pew-warmers.

Junior Samples

April 5th, 2011
10:33 am

Colluding? Or perhaps demonstrating bipartisanship?

If Pat Tippett is “scorned” because he’s talking to anyone on the other side of the aisle, well then she can drum up support for his next opponent. Demanding his resignation is immature, and rather pointless.

Karl Marx

April 5th, 2011
11:26 am

Cagle isn’t the only one who should resign. The entire tax and spend legislature should resign too.


April 5th, 2011
11:55 am

Could you imagine if a well known GOP official, say Tom Price, put out an email telling everyone what great news there is in Forsyth County, most of the growth was white people.


April 5th, 2011
12:11 pm

…and who was the @%^!! that came up with the new name for what was laughably known as the State Ethics Commission. Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission? You have to be kidding. I’ll tell you why this is the name of the agency that holds the information that would cause honest Georgians to shudder: the internet. Who can remember that name if they want to look to see who’s buying the legislation we see. For a while at least, you can find it at
As for the LG, I agree with Ric.


April 5th, 2011
12:13 pm


Hop on Tom Price’s facebook page once in awhile. The stuff he (his FB monkey) posts there is just as ludicrous and offensive, if not moreso!!


April 5th, 2011
12:48 pm

I have never thought much about Cagle one way or the other but I must admit that I like him more for the enemies he has.


April 5th, 2011
12:49 pm

I’m a bit curious why Kay Godwin was tossed into the mix of this article. It doesn’t seem she is directly involved with the story.

But since she was mentioned, I’ll say this; she is one of the people that make me ashamed of my hometown. She is a nice woman, but her often theocratic-leaning initiatives just irritate me.

Barb Hartman

April 5th, 2011
4:23 pm

In response to Pat Tippett’s comments, the proof is in the pudding. For Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle to imply that state funds for the Savannah Port deepening could be at risk if State Sen. Buddy Carter doesn’t go along with restoring Cagle’s Senate powers (Savannah Morning News), is a shocking revelation that should not be dismissed lightly. If Cagle cut a deal with Democrats to help him restore his power in the Senate by putting Democrats in charge of three committees and redrawing four Rep. leaning districts, then he needs to resign immediately along with the Republican State Senators who have been covering up for him the past several years. He has drawn too much negative attention from his first and now into his second term and where there is smoke there is usually fire. As far as his spokesman Ben Fry saying it is all a lie, enough insiders have had the courage to tell the truth and confirm the story. Besides with something this serious why didn’t Cagle comment instead of Fry? As Bill Clinton infamously said, “I never had sex with that woman”. Where are you, Senate Ethics Committee? Do you honestly think the insiders are the only ones who know what has been going on? I think it is high time we the people demand honesty and morally ethical behavior from our elected officials. God only knows you folks cost us a fortune. Stand by for more revelations….

R U Kidding Me?

April 5th, 2011
5:04 pm


If you are ready to expose Casey, then let’s don’t have selective memories. If you are Ms. High and Mighty, and really care about “honesty and morally ethical behavior”, then let’s tell it all! Let’s talk about Balfour, and Tollison, and Mullis, and Rogers. And let’s don’t forget that Toombs County is a small place where everybody knows everybody elses business and their dirty secrets. Tommie doesn’t spell this name T-O-M-M-I-E for nothing. And he didn’t wait until he was 50 to have his first date with a female for nothing.

So, Ms High and Mighty, TELL IT ALL! Cause if you don’t, the rest of us will for you.


April 5th, 2011
5:32 pm

Roger Byrd was never a Republican.

Barb Hartman

April 5th, 2011
5:52 pm

Hey RU Kidding Me,

Why not use your real name, and then you are more credible. I have to dismiss comments made by someone who hides behind a fake moniker. After all you might be paid to blog. I do not know Tommie Williams, but Balfour was certainly chased by a channel 46 reporter and the AJC did an expose` on him, so yes neither he nor Senator Jack Murphy should have ever been made committee chairs by the Senate leadership, and trust me, I am not Ms. High and Mighty, just a plain ol citizen watching my tax dollars. As for Tollison and Mullis, I don’t know about them either, so fill me in. By the way, my Uncle who was a career, highly decorated Army Master Sergeant didn’t get married until he was in his 50’s either and he was as straight as an arrow, and had a great marriage to a wonderful woman who was also in her 50’s and had never been married.

R U Kidding Me?

April 6th, 2011
8:30 am

Barb, Barb, Barb!

You are such the stereotypical right-wing, Republican, moral do-gooder. Let’s play the morality card when it suits your political agenda, and then lets turn a blind eye when it doesn’t. You started this by saying you were going to out Casey for this moral lapses, and to “Stand by for more revelations…” You want a pound of flesh plus his resignation letter for cavorting with the sinister Democrats.
Yet, when you acknowledge Balfour and Murphy’s moral lapses, you opine simply that they “should never have been made committee chairs by the Senate Leadership”. The “Senate Leadership” you are talking about is Tommie Williams and financial fraud expert Chip Rogers. The two guys you seem to adore. All I am saying is this; If you are going to play the morality card, then the discussion is going to be about a lot more folks beside Casey Cagle.

Barb Hartman

April 6th, 2011
9:26 am

Ru Kidding Me,

Use your real name and let the discussions begin. I can’t wait to hear your comments if you have the courage to sign your name. But, you are wrong about the adoring statement. I like lots of folks, but there are not many that I adore.