Paul Rea of News Talk 810 Radio has analyzed the earlier claims, and today writes:
The attack on Duke Blackburn focused on campaign contributions, specifically contributions to former Governor Barnes and former Lt Governor Mark Taylor. The front of the piece screams “DUKE THE DEMOCRAT Don’t Be Fooled!” with screenshots of state websites purporting to show Blackburn’s support for Democrat candidates.
What the mailer doesn’t show is the fact that Blackburn gave more money to Republican candidates Sonny Perdue and Lynn Smith around the same time and gave $1000 to Republican Mac Collins for his run at U.S. Senate in 2003.
Rea notes that both sets of anonymous mailers attack candidates who have been endorsed by Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle. Read to the end for the money quote:
Former 50th District Senator Jim Butterworth was a steadfast Cagle ally while the former Senator from the 28th, Mitch Seabaugh, had aligned himself with the caucus majority. When Butterworth stepped down to take over the Georgia National Guard and Seabaugh left to become Deputy State Treasurer, both sides in the senate power struggle jumped in to replace their guy and maybe pick up a new vote for their side.
In the 50th, Senate Leaders Rogers, Williams and Staton along with State Senator’s Bill Cowsert, Jack Hill, Buddy Carter and Fran Millar gave a combined $9000 to Rick Austin’s campaign in the weeks leading up to the special election in November. I’m certainly not the first to notice this fact. The AJC pointed out the numbers weeks ago.
Cagle took sides in both districts just this week endorsing Duke Blackburn for the 28th and John Wilkinson in the 50th.
While he didn’t name specific senators, Wilkinson says the situation might have been the other way round if he had made a different choice early on. “They (senate leaders) approached me; I was not willing to commit to them, to walk in lock step with them. They told me, well in that case, I would have a formidable well- financed opponent running against me and I did the very next day. I wouldn’t make that commitment to Casey Cagle either. He didn’t ask but I wouldn’t have given him such a commitment even if he had. My only commitment will be to the constituents of the 50th district.”