Opinion from The Perspicacious Conservative – Jessica Szilagyi
In less than
14 7 days, Republicans across the state will know who ‘their guy’ is for Governor. The runoff election between Casey Cagle and Brian Kemp is the train we’ve all seen coming down the tracks for the last 8 years. And here we are – waiting for the tracks to split to tell us what kind of Governor we’ll have for the next four to eight years.
But one of those trains, though shiny with the prospect of jobs and reversible highway lanes, would place Georgia on a collision course with the most unforgiving, borderline malicious, principle-lacking, self-interested, beholden-to-me ways of Casey Cagle. And that’s truly frightening.
When Cagle was elected for the first time, I was just 8 years old. That was 22 years ago. By every definition of the word, he is a career politician and not the kind that serves his constituents well. His eye has always been on the gubernatorial prize and all of his decisions along the way have been with that in mind. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to connect the proverbial dots. Whether it was serving in the state senate, becoming Lieutenant Governor, campaigning for Governor until his campaign was plagued by scandal leading him to drop out, or to sit in holding until Deal’s tenure was up…Cagle has had one end goal in mind and he’s kept the throttle down while showcasing everything that is wrong with politics. Why? Because he uses elected office to appease special groups, reward donors, and advance himself.
Let’s back up that statement.
The Cagle team was recently emboldened enough to dig into the Senate voting records from 15 years ago to drum up perceived legislative screw ups by his opponent Brian Kemp -a procedural vote as a matter of fact – as if that somehow cancels out his years of blocking CBD oil legislation, restorative gun bills, and limited government initiatives on matters impacting Georgians in all corners of the state.
Why don’t we instead talk about Cagle’s history in the legislature – the years he spent demonstrating he has no comprehension of what government is in place to do. During his tenure as a state senator:
- Cagle was an advocate for perfecting gambling legislation and regulating BINGO, even back in the 2003-04 legislative session
- He lacks an understanding of the role of the legislature in medicine (hint: there isn’t one) when he sponsored SB 29 dictating what physicians must tell their patients while administering care. And don’t forget about the time he partnered with Sen. Renee Unterman to crack down on elective chiropractic care.
- Cagle carried HB 293 in the Senate and expanded the size and scope of government by creating a new state agency — the State Accounting Office, and helped create the Georgia Driver’s Education Commission.
- His support of Deal’s justice reform is certainly interesting given his sponsorship of SB 205 back in the day which would have suspended the driver’s license of anyone convicted of drinking under the age of 21, even if they weren’t anywhere near a vehicle, and his co-sign onto HB 338 which expanded asset forfeiture on just hunters, when a criminal offense was involved.
- In his ever-glowing limited government ways, Cagle also sponsored a bill to prohibit life insurance companies from denying applications and policies to persons who traveled to Israel.