Last night’s election results were really no surprise (except maybe Cynthia’s run-off), although the margins were to some. Senator Cagle’s win means that he is the odds on favorite to win in November, but the race should be taken very seriously. I have always predicted that Mark Taylor will be a vicious campaigner and that the Governor’s race will be close. That probably makes every down ballot race close, too. As we begin to define our vision and compare the records of Perdue-Cagle and Taylor-Martin/Hecht, the Cagle-Reed supporters will join together. The truth is that Casey is a solid, pro-family, tax-cutting conservative with no personal baggage. Let’s also give appropriate credit to the Cagle campaign’s tactics and GOTV effort. His victory cannot be wholly credited to anti-Ralph sentiment. He has proven himself as a focused campaigner and an effective fundraiser.
The Senate will remain in GOP hands with several new faces (Jack Murphy has replaced Bill Stephens), Bill Cowsert will replace Brian Kemp, and a good person will win the run-off in Hall County for Casey’s seat. No incumbent gets beat. The Caucus is as unified as ever and is excited about the future under a Republican Lt. Governor. It will be an awesome election season and an exciting session in 2007.
There are some posting on blogs anonymously that want to divide this winning team. They either don’t know what they are talking about or they have an agenda that wants to hurt what has been built so carefully. The Majority Leader and I have been working closely with Senator Cagle as we continue to shuffle the Senate leadership team that includes veterans and talented freshmen, as well as Cagle supporters and Reed supporters. More announcements and appointments are coming – all with the goal of delivering Cagle the Lt. Governorship, maintaining a Republican majority, and fielding the strongest possible policy team.