The AJC editorial staff has endorsed Casey Cagle and Jim Martin in their respective primary races.
Cagle has some support among the party’s social and religious conservatives, just as Reed draws some support from business people. But for the most part, Cagle is the candidate of the connected. Under GOP leadership, the already pro-business state Legislature has become an aggressive champion of business and development interests, and Cagle has been right at the forefront of that effort, consistently and aggressively siding with business interests over those of consumers and the public.
Martin’s long history in Georgia government, his realistic approach on key issues and the clear respect he enjoys from both Democrats and Republicans would serve voters best. He spent 18 years in the state House, and also directed the troubled Department of Human Resources for Democratic Gov. Roy Barnes and for a time under current Republican Gov. Sonny Perdue. For those reasons, Martin appears the strongest candidate.