Political Notes — Cagle leaks a poll that shows he’s doing just fine

[private]Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle’s campaign has leaked an internal poll that shows Cagle with a strong lead over his three major opponents in the GOP primary for governor.

The survey by McLaughlin & Associates has Cagle at 41 percent among Republican voters, Secretary of State Brian Kemp at 12 percent, former legislator Hunter Hill at 4 percent, and state Sen. Michael Williams at 3 percent.

“Casey Cagle is very well-positioned in the Republican primary election for Governor, receiving 41% of the vote, which is more than three times his next closest opponent,” McLaughlin said in an accompanying memo.

McLaughlin said the poll also showed that among Georgia Republicans, “President Trump is extremely popular, holding an 86% job approval rating, including 65% who ‘strongly approve.’ Just 12% disapprove of the job the President is doing.”

This is an internal as opposed to an independent poll, so make of it what you will.

Williams, who ran fourth in the poll, continues to step up his attacks on Cagle.

Cagle made an inaccurate claim earlier this week that Decatur was a “sanctuary city,” to which Williams commented, “When establishment candidates pretend to be conservative, they embarrass themselves due to lack of understand of what it means to actually be a conservative. Campaign Casey should read up on Georgia law and listen to actual conservatives before he embarrasses himself again.”

Shannon says she is bisexual

State Rep. Renitta Shannon (D-Decatur) revealed in a Facebook post that she is bisexual:

“I am not only a consistent advocate for LGBTQ issues, I am a member of the LGBTQ community. I am a bisexual black woman. I’m generally a private person and tend to just focus on doing the work for progress instead of talking about myself as a person, but under the #Trump administration proactive visibility seems more important than ever.”

Shannon’s revelation increases to four the number of declared LGBT members of the Georgia House. The others are Reps. Karla Drenner (D-Avondale Estates), Park Cannon (D-Atlanta), and Sam Park (D-Lawrenceville).

Shannon was first elected to the House in 2014 when she defeated incumbent Rahn Mayo in the Democratic primary.

Deal suspends Snellville mayor

Gov. Nathan Deal has suspended Snellville Mayor Thomas Witts from office pending a review of the criminal charges against him. Witts was indicted Sept. 7 on more than 60 counts of fraud and theft.

Deal also appointed a panel of Attorney General Chris Carr, Peachtree City Mayor Vanessa Fleisch, and Marietta Mayor Steve “Thunder” Tumlin to review the case against Witts.

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