Republican candidates in Georgia routinely race to the party’s right flank, but the leading contenders in next year’s GOP race for governor have set a new pace as they try to outdo each other with attention-grabbing moves a year from the vote.
Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle opened a nasty feud with the liberal stronghold of Decatur, and he relayed every twist and turn of the fight to his supporters with campaign updates.
Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp harrumphed about a legal advisory that cleared the way for cheerleaders to kneel for the national anthem, and he blasted reports critical of his office’s role in a lawsuit as “fake news.”
And state Sen. Michael Williams has unloaded an arsenal of appeals aimed at proving he’s the most ardently conservative candidate, from raffling off a device like one used in the Las Vegas massacre to leading a protest against a teacher who disciplined students for wearing a pro-Donald Trump T-shirt.
Williams has engaged in so many ploys that another rival, former state Sen. Hunter Hill, compared him to an ongoing “circus