We were assured this morning that Ralston's visit was planned well before state Rep. David Clark, R-Buford, took to the well to rail against state Sen. Renee Unterman, R-Buford, and the lieutenant governor in very specific terms for failing to act on his medical marijuana expansion proposal.
“Those are two of the most corrupt individuals I’ve met,” Clark said. His emotional outburst was unusual, the naming of names and could have derailed the evening.
If Ralston’s smoothing visit wasn’t spurred by Clark’s tirade, it was at least serendipitous. Afterwards, in its closing minutes, the House took Cagle’s legislation to establish a study commission on medicinal marijuana, added Clark’s two new categories, and sent it back to the Senate. They approved it.
Ralston and Cagle have had an occasionally stormy relationship, including the stalemate over adoption legislation that ended last year’s legislative session.
But Ralston will soon be the only remaining cornerstone of a triumvirate that has ruled Georgia politics for much of the last decade. Gov. Nathan Deal is term-limited and Cagle is running for his job.
"I don't know what the future holds, but I know Casey Cagle is my friend. And I want to wish him well and y'all well."
As he walked out the door, your Insider remarked to Ralston what a strange sight that made. Ralston seemed to agree.
“That’s a little history,” he said.
Example 2: Cagle and Ralston both banged the final gavel about 10 minutes into Friday, breaking an agreed-upon resolution that called for a midnight end to the session.
Shortly before they did, the Senate approved a measure that allows more automated security cameras to crack down on speeders in school zones.
It’s exactly the type of proposal the Senate may have held back on if there were a feud. Why? Ralston’s son was among the lobbyists pushing the bill.
Example 3: Around 12:45 a.m. today, the leaders sent out a joint press release, praising their united accomplishments this session - including a compromise over the very adoption bill that so divided them last year.