The Republican gubernatorial race is making headlines across the state of Georgia.
Two big political figures are backing different candidates. Governor Nathan Deal is backing Lt., Governor Casey Cagle.
President Trump is backing his opponent — Brian Kemp. Vice President Mike Pence even came to Georgia to support Kemp.
Former gubernatorial candidate Clay Tippins got in on the action when he released a recording of a conversation he had with Cagle. In the recording, Cagle admitted to backing an education bill he considered bad public policy to secure donations for his super PAC. Tippins says he knew of the bad public policy during his campaign and explained why he waited to release the video.
“I’m picking a fight with one of the most powerful people in the state, that has a reputation for retribution. And to try to make that change and to take on that fight, you gotta fight different. You gotta be unconventional about it,” says Tippins.
Cagle responded to similar comments on July 5th at WRBL’s Republican gubernatorial debate by saying he is human and makes mistakes.
Outside of the audio recording, Lt. Governor Cagle was also scrutinized following a tweet where he promised to kill any legislation benefiting Delta. This came after the airline decided to end discounts for NRA members.
Kemp also faced backlash after a campaign video showed him threatening a teen interested in his daughter with a gun. Kemp also had a campaign video saying he would round up “criminal illegals” and take them back himself.
New’s 3 spoke with Muscogee County GOP Party Chairman Alton Russell, who said both candidates share very similar political views and campaigned on nearly identical issues. Russell says voters should focus on how each candidate can benefit them and their local area.
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