Note this from Chuck Clay and Dick Pettys at InsiderAdvantage:
Cagle got himself elected chairman of the Senate Republican Caucus in 1998 over Sen. Don Balfour of Snellville. Two years later, Balfour was a participant in a coup which ousted Cagle from the job and put Sen. Bill Stephens in his place.
(Balfour, currently chairman of the powerful Rules Committee, and Cagle still are on opposite sides. Balfour is an executive of Waffle House, which backed Reed in the battle for lieutenant governor. A letter distributed over Balfours signature recently informed Waffle House district and division managers that Reed signs but no others without specific permission would be allowed at the restaurants.)
In 2003, Cagle was on the short end of another battle, losing again to Stephens in the race for majority leader of a Senate by then under GOP control.
(At the same session, ruling Republicans stripped the lieutenant governor Democrat Mark Taylor of most of his important powers, vesting the power to name committee chairman in a Committee on Assignments led by Senate President Pro Tem Eric Johnson and by the Senate Majority Leader.)
The Committee on Assignments last year stripped Cagle of the vice chairmanship of the Rules Committee the gatekeeper for legislation, with power to block legislation from reaching the floor and instead made him vice chairman of the relatively less prestigious Science and Technology Committee.
It should also be noted that Reed won Toombs County, home of Tommie Williams, and Chatham County, home of Eric Johnson.