It’s true. Thanks to Bill Simon slamming me, I went in search of some mysterious article that apparently has me endorsing Ralph Reed. Here is the quote in question.
Erick Erickson, a Macon attorney who runs a Republican blog called PeachPundit.com, summed up the Cagle strategy: “They seem to be saying, ‘Look at all the position papers we have put out. Oh, and by the way, did you know Ralph Reed is a corrupt S.O.B.?’ “
My RSS reader never picked up the article, for which I was interviewed about thirty days ago by Cam McWhirter. You will no doubt not be surprised to learn we probably talked for twenty minutes and a lot more was said about that quote, which was particularly focused on the website Casey has set up to deal with Ralph Reed’s honesty and integrity. I think it is a fair quote in how Casey’s campaign has handled the website in the same why it was also fair to say that Ralph is trying to avoid the issue altogether — which was a statement not relevant to the article.
I suppose this shows the hyper-sensitive nature of this particular race that my one quote taken from a 15 to 20 minute interview is taken to be an endorsement of Reed. And here my Reed friends are angry at me for talking about Abramoff at all.
In any event, you should read the whole article.
Cagle’s play for the statewide post also has to do with his personal history, a mix of failures and successes.
He was a fatherless kid hounded by poverty who followed his dream of playing college football, only to be felled by bad luck. He dropped out of two colleges, but transformed himself into a wealthy banker and real estate investor. He wields political influence as a Senate committee chairman, but he holds no position in the GOP leadership — having lost a bid for majority leader.
Cagle has surprised some by marshaling an aggressive campaign team and legislative allies to make a serious bid to become Georgia’s first Republican lieutenant governor.
“At the beginning of the race, nobody gave Casey much of a chance,” said Sen. David Shafer (R-Duluth), who has endorsed Cagle. “But everyone now sees it as a horse race.”