Over the past month or so I have had the chance to meet both Casey Cagle and Brian Kemp in Dublin, Georgia where I have lived for almost 11 years. On a visit to Atlanta to meet clients, I stopped by each of the Atlanta Headquarters and reached out to the campaigns.
My interest in Georgia Governor races goes back to Zell Miller who attempted to change the Georgia Flag. In that race in 1994, I chaired two state wide committees that were a part of the Governor being defeated in his efforts. Then came Sonny Perdue's campaign in 2002 in which Sonny used the Georgia Flag Issue beating Roy Barnes.
Now with all the efforts by those that hate the South tearing down monuments, Georgia has to make a decision. Of Kemp and Cagle which is going to not only protect the monuments but restore what Nathan Deal has done in his efforts to join the chorus of hatred towards the South.
In visiting Cagle's headquarters I attempted to reach out to Cagle. I even got the card of Caroline Conway, Director of Operations. Previously Cagle had come to Dublin.
However, nobody ever reached out to me to discuss three questions I had for both Cagle and Kemp.
In visiting Kemp's headquarters I did the same thing. I actually got a call from Mark Middleton. Mark and I communicated about meeting Kemp and having a one on one conversation. Kemp came to Dublin and I got my chance to meet face to face with Brian Kemp.
I asked three questions of Kemp and here are the answers he gave me:
Q1 Will you restore the names of the two Holidays that Nathan Deal removed from the State Calendar?
Answer: He is not sure of the legal part of doing that. He stated he would research it and come back with an answer. He apologized if I did not like his answer.
Q2 Will you sign and support Confederate History and Heritage Month? (a law signed by Sonny Perdue)
Answer: He was not familiar with the Law and would research it and come back with an answer.
Q3 Will you put the Wright Plaque at the Georgia Capital back where it belongs.
Answer: It should be moved back to it's proper location.
Of all three questions asked the last question asked and his response pleased me very much. For a simple matter that many probably have no idea what it is about...... see the link above (a lovingly planted tree) for further explanation.
It seems to me that Kemp was willing to make an effort to reach out. Many of my friends have expressed support for Cagle but the key thing is "Where is his money coming from" the answer for Cagle is the Atlanta Chamber types. (see chart below for Cagle contributions)
This means Kemp is the candidate for me and I would encourage my fellow Georgians to support Kemp. The Atlanta chamber hates anything to do with the Old South and will try and remove any remaining vestiges of our History and Heritage.
While Kemp's first two answers were not the best on supporting Confederate History and Heritage, Kemp knows the racist charge is ready from Abrams and the Democrats. His outright support for us at this stage would be too much cannon fodder. On Cagle, again, he made no effort to respond to a nobody like me. But as with Trump's election, even nobodys are somebodys and they make a difference when getting elected.
Kemp Contributions and others from the site votesmart.org
Once the GOP run-off is over the next step is going up again Stacy Abrams. One look at her contributions should be enough to defeat her in the general election. Georgia does not want a George Soros candidate supported by outsiders of our State. It must be really embarrassing for the Georgia State Democrat chairman to have Abrams as the Democrat candidate. Dubose Porter even took down the Georgia Flag in front of his house.