Monday, April 4, 2011

Meow! State Senate leaders still acting catty to each other

Posted By on Mon, Apr 4, 2011 at 4:16 PM

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle
Geez, when will these guys finish taking swipes at each other and get down to bidness?

On Friday, the Savannah Morning News reported Sen. Buddy Carter's allegation that Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle had threateningly implied that the much-sought deepening of the Savannah harbor could be in jeopardy if Carter, a Republican hailing from the port city, didn't side with Cagle in the guv lite's power struggle with Senate Majority Leader Tommie Williams.

“He called me up to the podium and said I had been carrying a lot of water for Tommie Williams and Chip Rogers,” Carter said of Cagle.

“He said I was going to need help from the lieutenant governor to keep harbor deepening in the budget. I took that as a threat.”

The alleged threat allegedly took place during Thursday's alleged Senate session. A few hours later, a exasperated House Speaker David Ralston not-so-allegedly made a public demand for Senate leaders to shelve their tit-for-tat squabbling and focus on legislating. As quoted by the AJC's Jim Galloway, Ralston didn't mince words:

“I’m at a point where I think I have to say that they need to resolve their leadership issues — and they need to do it quickly, or the people of Georgia are going to be the ones that suffer. Not just the insiders around this Capitol.”

So, did Cagle and Williams take Ralston's advise to heart and bury the hatchet? Don't make me LOL. Here's the public statement Williams sent out mere moments ago:

"The deepening of the Savannah Port is the single most important economic development project in Georgia since the creation of the Interstate highway system. This project is not just important to coastal Georgia, but the entire state and region. The impact of this investment will result in tens of thousands of jobs. The Senate will not vote on a budget unless the Savannah Port project is part of it."

In your face like a can of mace, Casey!

We now predict that the lieutenant governor of our fair state will soon respond, "Oh, yeah? Well, at least I can see over the well lectern, Tommie Thumb!"

Next week, noogies for everybody.

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