I just got a press release from the Reed campaign attacking Casey Cagle. The release states:
Casey Cagle says he strongly opposes the Supreme Court’s Kelo decision, which allows local governments to condemn private property for the purpose of turning it over to a private developer to collect more tax revenue. But when the Senate voted to prohibit the practice in the most critical vote on property rights in the 2005 legislative session, state Senate records show that Cagle did not even bother to vote.
The vote on S.B. 86, which curbed the abuse of eminent domain and protected private property rights, was the most watched vote on eminent domain in the 2005 session. Among those voting for S.B. 86: Senate president pro tem Eric Johnson, Senate Majority Leader Tommie Williams, then-Senate Majority Leader Bill Stephens, and Senate Republican Caucus Chairman Don Balfour. Cagle did not vote. (Senate Vote #183, 3-10-05)
While Cagle did not vote to defend private property rights, he found time the same day to vote for bills creating a commemorative NASCAR license plate (S.V. 179), regulating mobile homes (S.V. 194), and providing insurance for local school board members (S.V. 197). State Senate records show Cagle was present throughout the day but conspicuously absent from the floor when S.B. 86 passed without his support.
Cagle’s lack of support could not have been an oversight, given the high profile of the issue. Conservative radio talk show hosts and grassroots groups generated strong opposition to eminent domain abuse and a “mock funeral