The AJC attempts to contrast Richardson and Cagle today.
The 2007 session will be the first featuring Republicans as both speaker and lieutenant governor. Richardson in 2005 became the state’s first Republican House speaker in more than a century. Cagle will lead the Senate as the first GOP lieutenant governor — replacing Democrat Mark Taylor, who ran unsuccessfully for governor.
Richardson and Cagle seemingly couldn’t be much more different. Richardson is quick-tempered and decisive. Cagle holds his cards close to the vest but is also friendly and at ease with reporters.
For this session they’ve staked out different positions on several key issues, fueling speculation that they might clash. Cagle promises a busy legislative agenda for the Senate while Richardson said he has no agenda for the House, explaining that voters don’t want a slew of new laws.
The older I get, the more I’m inclined to say these x vs. y stories are more media angling to give readers something juicy than really legit stories.