From the AP
A supporter of Lt. Gov. Mark Taylor on Thursday sued a top aide to Secretary of State Cathy Cox for defamation, the latest salvo in the pair’s increasingly bitter gubernatorial primary battle.
Benjamin Cawthon, a former city councilman from Blakely, said his name had been “willfully and maliciously” slandered by Cox communications director Peter Jackson, who was quoted in a newspaper over the weekend suggesting that Cawthon had been charged with a crime.
“What they said about me was an out and out lie,” Cawthon said at a news conference Thursday. “I am not a criminal, and I haven’t ever been.”