Could Cathy Cox’s past support of the 1956 Georgia flag hurt her?
As a state legislator, Cathy Cox signed on to a bill 13 years ago that would have forced schools and other public buildings to fly a state flag that included the Confederate battle emblem, a decision her opponents hope will come back to haunt her now that she’s running for governor.
Blacks are expected to make up half or more of the voters in the Democratic primary, and supporters of her rival, Lt. Gov. Mark Taylor, are using her backing of the bill to question whether Cox deserves African-American support.
“The African-American minority community will certainly take note of the voting records as they relate to changing the flag and how people stood on that fight for many years,” said Rep. Tyrone Brooks (D-Atlanta), a Taylor backer and president of the Georgia Association of Black Elected Officials. “That was a very low moment for the Legislature to have someone introduce legislation to prohibit funds going to cities and counties that refused to fly the old racist Confederate flag,” he added.