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Georgia 2018: Cagle tries to shore up Cobb support


Just before the weekend began, the Republican gubernatorial campaign of Casey Cagle produced the endorsement of Smyrna Mayor Max Bacon.

Sayeth the press release: “Mayor Bacon joins Cagle's growing network of elected officials and grassroots leaders in Cobb County.”

Only a day before, the Cagle campaign had rolled out the support of Steve “Thunder” Tumlin, the mayor of Marietta. 

The press release included this quote from Tumlin: “I understand Casey has earned many endorsements from local leaders including Sheriff Neil Warren, retired Sheriff Bill Hutson, and Senator Kay Kirkpatrick.”

Campaign endorsements are often pocketed, then revealed to fit a particular moment. The above two come in the aftermath of that secret recording of Cagle made by former GOP gubernatorial candidate Clay Tippins. As we have explained, Clay Tippins’ uncle, state Sen. Lindsey Tippins, had a major role in the backstory of that incident.

Let us simply say that Lindsey Tippins and the lieutenant governor are no longer close friends. Even so, Senator Tippins has great influence throughout Cobb – and that could explain why we’re seeing those endorsements from Bacon and Tumlin now.

Insider’s note: This item was ripped from the Morning Jolt.

More recent AJC coverage of the Georgia governor’s race:

Georgia Democratic candidates used to court pro-gun votes

Politics may be shifting on guns, but Georgia GOP base is unmoved 

Why a Kentucky town is in spotlight of Georgia governor’s race 

The inevitable, demographic hand-off that’s headed Georgia’s way 

Cagle critics call for criminal probe into support for ‘bad’ policy 

Abrams embraces ‘public education’ mantra as Cagle deals with fallout 

EXCLUSIVE: Cagle backed charter bill to nab support from outside group 

New Cagle ad snipes at Kemp: ‘Get that big truck outta here.’ 

Cagle tries to limit damage after secret audio recording  


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Jim Galloway is a three-decade veteran of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution who writes the Political Insider blog and column.