State Representative Allen Peake Weighs In On Governors Race

State Representative Allen Peake weighed in on the governor’s race on a Facebook post last night. Here is the text from that post:

My thoughts on the Republican governors race……

Politics can be a nasty, bloody, cruel sport. And elections for Governor usually experience the worst of it all. Accusations and attacks are flying left and right, and it is sickening to watch quite frankly. It is part of the politics game that I hated during my 12 years.

As I’ve tried to determine who to pick in the Republican primary between Casey Cagle and Brian Kemp, my decision has been based around two key factors – who has the best chance to beat a very liberal Democrat in the fall, and who is personally committed to solving the access issue for medical cannabis oil in their first year in office.

I’ve reached out to the Brian Kemp campaign numerous times, and I’ve kept getting the same answer regarding medical cannabis – no support for in-state cultivation, but they’re willing to learn and have discussions. As for Casey Cagle, the battles we’ve had with the Senate on this issue over the last four years are very public.

But what I have seen in Casey over the last year is a willingness to meet with the families and learn why this issue is so important to so many hurting Georgia citizens. And I have personally seen him evolve on this issue, as he’s gotten to know and meet many families.

And this past week, I’ve witnessed him appoint members to the Commission on Medical Cannabis Access (which is specifically created to solve the access issue) that have convinced me that he is serious about dealing with this issue. Adding Senators Matt Brass, Butch Miller and Ben Watson as well as parent advocate Dale Jackson is a game-changing, positive step in the right direction.

And with the strong appointments made by Speaker David Ralston (http://www.house.ga.gov/Committees/en-US/LowTHCMedicalOilAccess.aspx)

including Representative Micah Gravley as co-chairman, and parent advocate Shannon Cloud, along with Reps David Clark and Alan Powell, this commission WILL make a recommendation that will solve the access issue. And if it is supported by the new Governor and legislature, we could have product to families by the end of 2019.

So, because I believe he’s the best candidate to win the general election, and because I sincerely believe he is committed to solving the medical cannabis access issue early in his first year in office, I am endorsing and supporting Casey Cagle for governor.

Many may be shocked, surprised, and maybe even disappointed in my endorsement. But Casey has gone on record publicly and told me personally that he will take the recommendation from the commission and fully support it next January. I believe him, and I’m putting my trust in him that he will remain faithful to his word.

https://ltgov.georgia.gov/press-releases/2018-07-10/cagle-appoints-joint-study-commission-low-thc-medical-oil-access

In terms of moving the needle, this could have a bigger impact to woo voters to Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle’s campaign than even the presumptive endorsement from Governor Nathan Deal.

The runoff election is a week from Tuesday.

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Caroline
Caroline

I guess party is more important than the cannabis issue for Mr. Peake since Stacey Abrams’ stance on the cannbis issue is closer to where he claims to be than either Republican. Honestly, I don’t think either Cagle or Kemp are going to do anything in regards to cannabis. They’ll look at a report and then their base will raise a stink about making any changes and that will be the end of it.

Will Durant
Will Durant

“My thoughts on the Republican governors race……”

My thoughts include a wish that Mr Peake would have ran for governor as he is less disingenuous. My other thought is that he would have had a snowball’s chance because he is not to the right of Atilla the Hun.

Caroline
Caroline

Right but if he had run you would have been able to see perhaps how many Republicans this issue has currency with. And if he managed to get 10% say in the GOP primary one of the others might have been willing to pick up on the cannabis issue in the runoff.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

“Atilla the Hun? More like Atilla the Gun Grabber. I can’t trust a man to protect muh second amendment rights if he won’t even use a gun hisself. Plus, what’s with that foreign soundin’ name? Bet he’s secretly Chinese or, worse yet, a Muslim. Probably born in the same Kenyan village as Obummer”

– What I’d imagine a Republican would say about Atilla the Hun’s candidacy

Noway2016
Noway2016

Somebody help me because I genuinely don’t remember. Was it clinging to God and guns and something else ? Or wete those the only two insults in that now infamous phrase? Well, since Trump, clinging yo those American beliefs are pretty much back in fashion, where they were and should have remained for the last fifty years. And any candidate that doesn’t support them with vigor won’t get Deplorables ‘ votes. Looking forward to Election Day more and more!

bethebalance
bethebalance

I’m trying to figure out whether this is a random comment on the wrong thread, or if you’re going off an unstated assumption that not supporting cannabis- or supporting it?- is an “American value”.
Either way, it’s just your typical huff-and-puff, but if you have a position on cannabis oil, that would at least be relevant.

Noway2016
Noway2016

I was prompted by Andrew ‘s grabber phrase.

bethebalance
bethebalance

Interesting. Did you make Atilla the Hun a Democrat?

Noway2016
Noway2016

I’m for all cannbus of any kind, for medicinal or recreation. Surely ain’t no worse than alcohol!

Caroline
Caroline

You apparently have not watched the Putin summit if you think Trump holds American beliefs.

Pragmatic Progressive
Pragmatic Progressive

LOL at Cagle being the better candidate to beat Stacey Abrams. He is obscenely corrupt and unlike Donald Trump turns off the rural base. I can easily see him maxing out in the white rural areas early on Election Night, while dramatically under- performing once Cobb and Gwinnett come in. Cagle is going to go down hard.