Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Cagle Fund Raiser Sparks Sharp Words; Will Martin Takes a Dig at the Democrat's Planned Gala and Its List of Chairmen and Hosts

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Cagle Fund Raiser Sparks Sharp Words; Will Martin Takes a Dig at the Democrat's Planned Gala and Its List of Chairmen and Hosts

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Byline: BRANDON LARRABEE

ATLANTA - The campaign of former Human Resources Commissioner Jim Martin, who is seeking to keep the lieutenant governor's seat in Democratic hands, blasted an upcoming fund raiser by Republican opponent Sen. Casey Cagle that features developers, bankers and other corporate executives.

The questions sparked one of the first sharp exchanges in what has been a relatively low-key race for the state's second-highest office, with Cagle writing Martin saying the remarks of a campaign spokesman were "deeply disappointing."

The gala features high-ranking officials from companies including BellSouth, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and The Home Depot.

Some of the sponsors are employed by companies regulated by the state.

"It's a 'Ball for Sprawl and Special Favors,' " said Will Martin, a spokesman for the Jim Martin campaign.

Will Martin said the number of developers who are listed as "chairmen" [the highest level of giving] or "hosts" [the next highest level] highlights the different environmental records of Cagle, an Oakwood Republican, and Jim Martin, an Atlanta Democrat. …

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