Below is the text of a letter Sen. Casey Cagle sent to Jim Martin. The letter is in response to this article where Martin’s spokesman criticizes some of the people who hosted a fundraiser for Cagle.
September 25, 2006
It has come to my attention that your campaign has personally attacked the hosts of a reception on my behalf, calling the event a “Ball for Sprawl and Special Favors” in a statement to the press.
The clear intent of your attack is to argue that I — and the civic leaders who support our campaign — are engaged in a quid pro quo transaction where legislative actions are traded for campaign contributions. As you know, such behavior would be both unethical and illegal, and the fact that you would stoop so low as to make such an allegation is deeply disappointing.
I have never accused you of trading your vote in return for support from liberal groups. My presumption has always been that your voting record as one of the most liberal members of the General Assembly was motivated by a sincere belief in liberalism, not financial support from your contributors. While I believe your policy agenda is wrong, I have never questioned your personal integrity and consider you a friend.
It is even more disappointing that you chose to attack employers like Georgia Power, Waffle House, SunTrust, and Coca-Cola who provide jobs for literally thousands of Georgians. Further, the same individuals and businesses you are attacking also fund numerous charitable endeavors across our state, including such conservation organizations as the Georgia Conservancy. This divisive and hurtful approach to politics only makes it harder to draw new jobs to our state and bring our community together.
Jim, you are decent man and I expected better from you than this. I hope you will take a moment to carefully consider this issue and let me know whether these are the actions of a misguided staffer or a reflection of your own beliefs.