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Why Casey Cagle was at the Clermont Hotel groundbreaking

Yes, that was Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle at the ceremony Tuesday celebrating the redevelopment of the run-down building that will one day house the boutique Clermont Hotel. And there was some bemused questioning on Twitter about it.

You have questions, we have answers. Cagle spokesman Adam Sweat told us the Republican wanted to show his support for the renovation of a 1920s building that will give an economic jolt to a resurgent neighborhood.

“The hotel is an iconic landmark for the community and seeing it restored to its former greatness, as a result of the Historic Site Tax Credit (passed by the General Assembly last session), really is remarkable,” said Sweat.

Oh, and for the oppo-researchers: We are told he left before the arrival of Blondie, the infamous dancer who works at the nearby Clermont Lounge.

Read more about the new project here.

Insider's note: This item originally appeared in the Morning Jolt.

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Greg Bluestein is a political reporter who covers the governor's office and state politics for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.