A criminal investigation may soon be launched against Georgia GOP gubernatorial candidate Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle after a secret recording emerged of him admitting to changing his support for a bill in order to keep financial support from a political rival, 11Alive.com reported.
Cagle was secretly recorded by Clay Tippins, who lost in the Republican Primary and the recording was made just days after Cagle finished first in the Republican primary. Clay Tippins had lost and he met with Cagle and secretly recorded their conversation.
Casey Cagle helped pass a bill that he’d previously opposed solely because it would help him win the governor’s office. That’s the description Cagle himself gives in a secret recording made last month, obtained Friday by 11alive news. In the recording, Cagle says repeatedly it was about politics and not policy.
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“It ain’t about public policy,” Cagle is heard saying in the recording. “It’s about (expletive) politics.”
The recording was made just days after Cagle finished first in the Republican primary. Clay Tippins had lost. He met with Cagle and secretly recorded their conversation. “I decided it was important to me at least to provide a window into Casey Cagle’s character,” Tippins told 11Alive News.
Tippins asked Cagle about a bill that Cagle backed in the senate, providing tax credits for private schools. Cagle had opposed previous versions of the bill.
“Every year, every year I killed that bill,” Cagle is heard saying on tape. “We beat it to a pulp.” But this year, it passed with Cagle’s support and Tippins heard Cagle say he backed the bill to steer campaign money away from Hunter Hill, another candidate for governor.
“He said listen to me carefully. ‘This was about politics it’s not about policy. That was a bad policy. I did this because Hunter Hill was going to get three million dollars. I couldn’t let that happen,’” Tippins said. The donors “were going to back Hunter. The deal had already been done,” Cagle said in the recording. “He ran out of money in his own campaign. You know, because he had nothing to spend at the last – down to the finish line. But if he had $3 million behind him, against me?” Cagle asked.
Former U.S. Congressman Bob Barr said this is about abuse of power. Barr, who as a prosecutor, has cracked down hard on both Democrats and Republicans. He is also a supporter of Brian Kemp who will compete in a runoff against Cagle next month. Barr said despite who he supports this is an issue of violating the system and a case of quid quo pro.
Now, there’s a letter from State Senator Bill Heath calling for a federal investigation.
The letter calling for an investigation against Cagle asks many questions and says they need to be answered because, “he will lie with a straight face to the media and voters.”
“It also undercuts our system of fairness and perception of fairness to our electorates and have the effect of turning people off and that’s not good either,” Barr told 11Alive.
Here’s the letter:
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