When the HOPE Scholorship was passed in 1992, it was the House version of the bill that ultimately was passed and signed by Governor Miller. Mark Taylor, who was in the State Senate at the time, has been claiming that he was the “sponsor” of the legislation to establish the HOPE scholorship. Since it was the House version that passed, not the Senate, Taylor, officially, could not have sponsored legislation, nor could any other Senator.
Yesterday, the Cathy Cox campaign called Taylor out on this.
To me, this really seems to be much to do about nothing. On the one hand, Taylor is being quite braggadocious about his involvement with creating the HOPE Scholorship, and is probably overstating his involvement. On the other hand, Cox is probably making too big a deal out of this, given that Taylor did “sponsor” the Senate version of the HOPE legislation.
Will this make any difference in the outcome of the Democratic Primary or the General Election? Probably not.
While there is much concern by “political analyists” about Cox and Taylor beating each other up over this, I don’t see any fallout for either candidate in the General Election over this issue, since either one of them can nail Perdue for voting against the HOPE Scholorship at the time.