Casey Cagle, the leading conservative Republican for governor, today called on financial services companies to stop discriminating against Honor Defense in Gainesville and other gun manufacturers in the state. Cagle said that he’d utilize the full power of his office to remedy the discrimination advanced by credit services such as Intuit.
“Honor Defense reached out to me for help because financial services companies were refusing to serve this gun manufacturing business – and they know I’ll stand up to those who discriminate against people for exercising their Second Amendment right,” Cagle said. “There’s a lot of talk in our nation and in our state about businesses choosing to discriminate based on their views, but there never seems to be much outrage if the discrimination is against a group with conservative views, such as those who believe in gun rights. We have to stand up. We have to fight back. Conservatives are sick of the double standard; we’re tired of taking it on the chin.”
Cagle consulted with state lawyers over the weekend about legal remedies, but after learning there are none under current state law, he said he would utilize the bully pulpit of the Governor’s Office and its floor leaders to advance new legislation early in the 2019 legislative session. Cagle’s strategy for defending these Georgia businesses would include:
- Preventing state government from doing business with companies that discriminate in this way.
- Using the State of Georgia’s standing as a shareholder in many of these companies to push for policy change through the proxy process.
- Reviewing the taxpayer-funded incentives these companies receive.
Cagle’s Second Amendment record includes a long history of fighting for gun rights expansions which has earned him the only NRA endorsement in the governor’s race.
“We have to stand up and fight for what we know is right,” Cagle said. “Honor Defense is assembling firearms for our families — in order to keep them safe during times of emergency, and more. This lawful, upstanding business deserves better. The New York Times would scream outrage on the front page if these companies targeted abortion providers in this way. They won’t stand up for gun manufacturers who provide a legal product, though, so I will.”
Cagle’s campaign continues to gain momentum after a commanding victory in the GOP primary in which Cagle won 123 out of 159 counties. He has been endorsed by over 100 sheriffs, the National Rifle Association, the Police Benevolent Association, Educators First, the Marietta Daily Journal, the Cherokee Tribune & Ledger, the Rome News Tribune, and earned the support of the Georgia Realtors.
Cagle has pledged to continue cutting taxes, deliver a comprehensive 10-year infrastructure plan, and create 500,000 new jobs in the first four years of his administration. He has also made workforce development a top priority and will continue to lead on developing a world-class education system in Georgia.