Most people on here have heard the rumor stirring that Austin Scott will qualify to run against Lt. Governor Casey Cagle in the primary this week. We all know that Cagle is not popular here and that many legislators, lobbyists, and creatures of the Gold Dome talk and whisper about the details that happened once Casey took office. The entire thing has mounted into a movement of anti-Cagle and Austin Scott seems to be the one that people are pushing as the “White Knight” who will bring about the defeat of the evil “Black Knight” that is Cagle.
Well I have just one problem with this sentiment.
Don’t get me wrong, being against Cagle on principle and wanting him gone is fine, BUT don’t let that overshadow what Georgia finally has in Austin Scott…a candidate who can actually make Georgia better. I sat down to write this out because the growing discontent with Cagle seems to be mounting into nothing more than an “oust the incumbent!” movement rather than a move for true reform.Let’s take a look at what we’ve got in Austin Scott. This year he introduced legislation to eliminate a wasteful toll authority that was promised to expire once finished, he voted against this year’s thrown-together “Smoke and Mirrors” budget, AND he voted against the Hospital Bed Tax. Go back further and you will find that Austin Scott voted AGAINST SB 31, the bill that strengthened Georgia Power’s hold on rate payers. On the last 2 bills alone we have someone that actually stands up for fiscal conservatism rather than spits on it. Cagle pushed hard for both SB 31 and the Hospital Bed Tax, which had our Lt. Governor removing people from Committees b/c of their opposition.
So, in summation I ask everyone here who might be anti-Cagle to step back and realize one thing: We have a candidate in Austin Scott that will stand up for what he believes and not balk under pressure. A man who has a voting record that matches his rhetoric. A man who is ethical for a change.
I sincerely hope that Austin throws his hat into the ring against Cagle because he’s a candidate that I can feel good about voting for. I hope others realize this and I call on everyone here to open your eyes for a second.
Let’s not be anti-Cagle. Let’s be PRO-Scott.