If this morning's rhetoric is any indication, it's safe to say that Carol Porter, the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, will provide the media with much fodder in her race against incumbent Casey Cagle.
Porter knocked Cagle in an emailed release this morning for what she calls a lack of leadership during his four years in office and in the process, fired the first shot in the race that, as of today, is between the two candidates.
Porter whose husband Dubose is running for governor took issue with the timing and cast of characters involved with Cagle's most recent initiative: a blue-ribbon Budget Task Force that on Tuesday offered a laundry list of financial fixes for the deep-in-the-red state.
Some of the recommendations such as changes to K-12 education could be political seppuku during an election year, and therefore, have no chance in hell of passing. It should also be noted that Cagle didn't say he agreed with all the recommendations. Nonetheless, we're all for a candidate who's got a passion for words.
Cagle had three years in office to head off the budget mess. At this rate he should have the states transportation, education and water problems fixed in time for the 2024 Olympics. The task force is representative of elite interests, and therefore unable to fully gauge the impact of their recommendations on everyday Georgians. There were no minority voices on the task force nor were there any educators, doctors, farmers or small business owners. The task force is not representative of Georgia it is representative of Cagles campaign donors. It seems you only belong in Cagles Georgia if you work for a firm that cuts big checks for campaigns.
Porter goes on to say that lawmakers can't continue to cut education and expect the state to prosper. She's surprised "Cagle and his allies aren't showing up in schools to shake down fifth graders for their milk money." If you're bored at work and would like to submit your own artistic rendering of this hilarious image, please feel free to send it my way.
Cagle, who in addition to leading the Senate through a soul-crunching legislative session is also recovering from a back operation, should have some awesome rebuttal that includes the phrase "moving Georgia forward." We can't wait.
(Courtesy Carol Porter Campaign)
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