Political Notes – NRA endorses Cagle, Shafer

[private]The National Rifle Association’s Political Victory Fund has endorsed Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle in the race for governor and Sen. David Shafer for lieutenant governor.

Cagle snared the endorsement a couple of months after he helped kill a tax break for Delta Air Lines – an action intended to punish the carrier for ending a discount program for NRA members.

“At a time when the five million members of the NRA are under attack like never before, Casey Cagle has very publicly chosen to stand with us,” said the NRA’s Chris Cox. “Our endorsement reflects Cagle’s unwavering support to advance self-defense rights and the interests of gun owners and sportsmen across Georgia.

“David Shafer has also chosen to stand with the NRA in opposition to those who are blaming law-abiding gun owners for the acts of deranged criminals,” Cox said.

“I’m honored and excited to have the NRA’s support because its cause is one that I share and that I have fought for,” said Cagle. “Like the NRA, I believe the framers of the Constitution meant what they said when they wrote that the right to bear arms shall not be infringed.”

Cagle also picked up the endorsement of the Georgia Association of Realtors, a professional group that has backed him for years.

Harassment report leans toward Shafer

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is reporting that an investigation into a sexual harassment complaint filed against Shafer last month leans toward Shafer’s denial that the incident ever happened.

From the AJC article:

Attorney Penn Payne wrote that her conclusion was that “it is more likely that Sen. Shafer did not make sexually harassing comments and demands to (the lobbyist) than it is likely that he did, and that it is more likely that the (lobbyist) has fabricated her allegations of sexually harassing conduct than it is likely that she is telling the truth.”

Shafer, R-Duluth, had called for the Senate Ethics Commission to make the report public after senators met for four hours Thursday in closed-door, unpublicized meetings. Reporters were told that the committee would not make any announcement Thursday on whether it would dismiss or move forward with the complaint — first reported by the AJC on March 9.

When the meetings ended, Senate Ethics Chairman Dean Burke, R-Bainbridge, said, “No comment until we are done with our work.” He didn’t say when that might be.

Later, Shafer tweeted, “We have not seen the report but have believed from the start it will exonerate us.”

Shafer, the top fundraiser in the lieutenant governor’s race and a former Senate leader, had called the complaint from a longtime lobbyist an attempt by a “a 15-minute, attention-seeking wannabe trying to settle an old score.”

Abrams to unveil education plan

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams will be joined by Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax in a Saturday campaign stop in Savannah where Abrams will unveil her higher education policy.

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