Tomorrow, Georgia’s Republican voters will choose who will likely be the state’s next governor. While Representative Abrams is a strong candidate, Georgia is still enough of a Republican stronghold that the winner of the GOP primary will certainly have the inside track to the mansion on West Paces Ferry.
A lot has been said over the past several months about the role that trust will play in this election. Who can conservative Republicans trust to actually do what we elect them to do once they’re sworn in?
I trust Casey Cagle.
Why? Because I know him. And I’m willing to bet that the vast majority of people that actually do know Casey personally, trust him too.
A recent secret recording was leaked by a political opponent in which Casey “admitted” to wanting to help poor people. While the fact that wanting to help poor people is apparently seen by some as a form of political dirt is a whole ‘nother ball of wax, I know that Casey really means it. And I’m not talking about the high-minded, liberal, legal plunder kind of way.
I’m saying that I know Casey Cagle actually is a good and compassionate person who sincerely wants to make this state great by helping our citizens help themselves. How do I know this? Because Casey helped me and my family when we really needed it.
You see I grew up in a big family. There are seven of us kids and Mom and Dad. Dad is a small business owner in Oakwood, Georgia, and Mom stayed home to homeschool us. We knew Casey and his family from our tiny Baptist church where Casey and my Dad were deacons together. I was raised happy, but far from well-off. My dad worked hard, but he had a lot of mouths to feed. We ate a lot of peanut butter and bologna, and wore a lot of hand-me-downs. We lived in a small $500 a month rental house for most of my childhood.
Dad had a dream though. He wanted to build a house with enough room for our family on a lot that he’d bought years before in rural South Hall County. Unfortunately, with the expenses that came with raising such a large family, his dream of building got pushed back year after year. At some point, Dad mentioned his dream to Casey at church.
Casey immediately offered to build our home for us. For free. And he did it too. At the time, Casey was doing some contracting work, and in the spring of 2001, his crew broke ground on our home. That summer, Casey not only contracted the construction, but he personally helped do some of the most unsavory jobs himself, overseeing the progress on-site nearly every day, puttying nail holes, and even picking up trash around the lot in the heat of the Georgia sun. For nothing. He didn’t make a dime.
*The house Casey built*
*The Bennett Family*
Casey did all this for some friends from church in need who didn’t offer him anything in return. My family had little money, zero power, and no political clout. Just a lot of kids who needed a place to grow up. He didn’t owe us anything, and he had nothing to gain from us. He just did it. Why?
Because he’s a good man.
We all know the quote about the true test of someone’s character being what they do when nobody is watching. Well, nobody was watching Casey then. I doubt he’s ever told anybody about helping us, and he may not even remember doing it. But my family remembers, and we always will.
I could go on and talk about all the things that Casey has done for our state, like leading the way in cutting taxes, creating jobs, and opening career academies to help low-income kids become skilled laborers without incurring student loans. I could talk about how he has stood for conservative values by passing a religious liberty bill out of the Senate that would have protected people of faith from discrimination. But I’ll let someone else talk about all of that.
I trust Casey Cagle because he’s the man that didn’t just offer my family kind words, or thoughts and prayers. He stepped in, sacrificed of himself, and got the job done.
That’s why I trust Casey Cagle, and I believe that Georgia can too.