Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle has been the choice of statehouse lobbyists for governor. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM
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In new recording, Cagle says GOP race about who could be ‘craziest’ 

Another snippet of the covertly-recorded audio of Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle emerged this morning - and this time it was released by Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s campaign. 

In the 50-second recording, Cagle talks to Clay Tippins about the party’s shift to the right in the primary. Listen to it here: 

“The issues you talk about are the issues I care about as well. The problem is in a primary - and you and I are just talking off the record frank - they don’t give a (expletive) about those things. OK. In the general election, they care about it. OK. But they don’t care about it in a primary. This primary felt like it was who had the biggest gun, who had the biggest truck, and who could be the craziest.”

It’s unclear what triggered his remarks, but it echoes a longer piece of the recording Tippins released in June. 

In that audio, Cagle said he backed expanding a private school tax credit that was bad in a “thousand different ways” to prevent another rival, former state Sen. Hunter Hill, from getting outside support from a key charter school advocacy group. 

Kemp, who faces Cagle in the July 24 runoff, said through a spokesman that the recording “exposes Cagle’s real opinion of Republican voters in Georgia” and linked him to Hillary Clinton’s comments about GOP “deplorables.”

Cagle campaign manager Scott Binkley, in a statement, encouraged Kemp to continue distributing the recording.
“Casey talked policy. Kemp talked crazy. And yes, Casey Cagle called Brian Kemp out on it. Share the transcript. PLEASE. We have nothing to hide. We want people to see the truth about what Casey said. We don’t need any more evidence that Brian Kemp lies about everything, but he keeps providing more proof, even when it’s provable that he’s not telling the truth.”

Insider’s note: This item was ripped and expanded from the Morning Jolt, which you can find here. 

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