ATLANTA -- Georgia’s 2018 race for governor got a curious public start today when a state senator held an event in which he promised to expose what he called “the reprehensible behavior” of another candidate. It ended up raising at least as many questions as it answered.
The race to become the Republican nominee to replace Governor Nathan Deal includes four candidates. Thursday’s event involved the one who has raised the least amount of money trying to take down the one who has raised the most.
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“Casey, I know you’re watching this,” said Sen. Michael Williams (R-Cumming), taunting Lt. Governor Casey Cagle, just a few feet away from Cagle’s Capitol office. “Mainly because you were unsure which of the many underhanded political games and reprehensible acts I was going to expose today.”
Cagle wasn’t at Williams’s rally and press conference but more than a hundred other people were – most of them political operatives for Williams and Cagle.
Williams went on to blame Cagle for tanking two bills Williams sponsored – and to renew an old charge that an unnamed Cagle operative tried to bribe him to get out of the governor’s race.
Williams was asked four times to name the operative. Williams declined.
“He knows he is last probably in a field of four,” said state Sen. Renee Unterman (R-Buford), a Cagle backer who watched Williams’ performance.
“And then you don’t bring out the facts. They don’t appear! And I think it’s because it’s not true,” Unterman said.
Williams has raised a bare fraction of the campaign money Casey Cagle has. And it was Williams who called on Cagle to withdraw from the race.