Representative Tom Bourdeaux Is Retiring

The word from Bill Shipp is that Representative Tom Bourdeaux has decided to call it quits. Will the Dems continue to hemorrhage up to qualifying? Given the money that the R’s have and the number of Dem retirements, it looks like it might not be a good year for donkeys.

23 comments

  1. Demonbeck says:

    1999 was a good year for Bordeaux. Normally, I don’t like French wine and cannot afford a good Bordeaux anyways, so I’ll stick with good ole California Reds and mix in a South American red from time to time.

  2. Decaturguy says:

    I agree with your general assessment of the Democrats, Erick. However, this district is a heavily, heavily Democratic district and there is no chance that a Republican could win it.

  3. Bull Moose says:

    This is a solidly Democratic district and look to Chatham County Democratic leader Joe Stefen to make this race…

  4. GabrielSterling says:

    If my memory serves, his district is one of the four in the state that are majority-minority and represented by a non-minority Representative. The others (I think) are Stuckey-Benfield, Ashe and Orrock. There may be one or two more. Needless to say this DIstrict is way likely out of the GOP’s reach…

  5. emily says:

    It’s a terrible loss for Georgia. Tom is a good and kind man and has served his constituents and the state well. I am surprised, but wish Mr. Bordeaux the best. I hope that this is just rumor.

  6. pathfinder says:

    A persistant rumor was floating around the Capitol this session that this would be Tom’s last.

    For both parties, the significance of Tom’s departure — and for that matter Sam Zamarripa’s departure from the Senate — is not that these districts are now in play for a possible switch to the GOP. They are not. These are both heavily Democratic districts.

    The signicance is that both of these departures represents a major brain drain for the Democratic party in the General Assembly that will not be easily replaced. Both men are well regarded in their respective chamber and were generally regarded as part of the intellectual gravitas of the Democratic party in the General Assembly.

    Furthermore, unlike the retirements of either Bill Cummings or even Terry Coleman, both of these men were in safe districts and young enough to have several more productive years in the legislature. If either of them seriously thought that the Democrats had a chance of retaking either chamber this year they would be running for re election instead of looking for the exit door.

    The question that must be rattling around in the backs of the minds of young bright moderate Democrats in the House like Brian Thomas, Rob Teilhet, or Mike Jacobs is whether all this worth it? If If the more senior bright minds are pulling out, why am hanging around just to sit frustrated on the back bench? Should I swith to the GOP or find another outlet for political service?

  7. Bill Simon says:

    Pardon moi, but, let me get this straight: You think the departure of all the Dems from the Legislature represents a “major brain drain” for y’all?

    :::COUGH! COUGH! HAAAAACK!!!!:::: You are presuming that Dems HAVE brains, right???? 🙂

    (so sorry to the Demmies who I got along with up until now…see, before I became a Republican, I was a smartass, and, that’s a skill I’m never out of practice for….)

  8. pathfinder says:

    Cute. Very Cute. Point is that these two departures are to the Democratic party what a dead canary is to a coal minor — a sign of losing oxygen.

  9. stephaniemills21 says:

    Bill don’t forget bitter. You are always bitter.

    And since when did Mike Jacobs become a bright young mind?

  10. GetReal says:

    Somehow I doubt that Rob Teilhet, Brian Thomas and Mike Jacobs would switch parties, considering every one of those seats is Democratic and getting more so every day.

    And no offense to the Bordeaux fans out there, but I don’t see the appeal. All I remember him doing recently is complaining.

  11. billy says:

    Stephanie, I’m not sure what you have against Mike Jacobs, but he is certainly one of the brightest bulbs down there, as are Brian Thomas and Rob Teilhet. You may disagree with them, but no one can argue that these three young men are extremely intelligent and hard working. They represent the future of the Democratic leadership in the General Assembly and as a Democrat, I’m very comfortable with that.

    The same can be said of Tom Bourdeaux, he is extremely intelligent and hard working – certainly befitting of the mantle given to him and Sen. Zamirippa by pathfinder. He will sorely be missed for his dedication and tenacity. Rare was the bill that came before the floor that Rep. Bordeaux didn’t pick apart on the floor and find every little hang-up that could cause problems. The people of Georgia have lost a great deal with his retirement.

  12. stephaniemills21 says:

    Billy,

    I did not say anything against Rob Teilhet or Brian Thomas. In fact, i see them both as great representatives and can see Teilhet doing great things one day (besides, he has a great ass). But Jacobs has done nothing but show he is a neophyte who goes where the wind blows him and his seat mates tell him to go. He has no mind of his own, and doesn’t vote or represent me the way I would like him to. He is my representative and I will vote for him over any republican, but I would support any democrat over him who actually stood for something and not what Mrs. Chambers tells him to do.

    And just a question Billy, I heard that Jacobs was one of your clients? Do not know if this is true, but looking at your record of wins (HA) I can’t help but wonder if Jacobs has made another poor choice.

  13. pathfinder says:

    Moving beyond the personalities I mentioned earlier, you cannot simply assume that moderate Democrats are simply going to stay the course in the General Assembly and wait for the second coming of the Democratic party in the General Assembly.

    Being in the minority party in the legislature can be a miserable existence. Your committee assignments are determined by the whims of your opponents. Your bills are either dead on arrival or are snatched up by the opposing party if they have any kind of mass appeal.

    The few remaining veteran conservative Democrats like Butch Parrish, Richard Royal, and Mickey Channell recognize this fact and are likely to switch parties in the next couple of weeks. Other conservative Democrats like Richard Royal are heading home and their seats are likely to go Republican.

    This is creating a sharp left turn in the Democratic caucus as voices like Alisha Morgan demand a caucus leadership role in the House and Nan Orrock runs to fill Zamarripa’s seat in the Senate.

    For a moderate Democrat, he or she is now left in a position of being an ideological minority within a minority party — not a very appealing position to be in. In the next few years you are likely to see them whither on the legislative vine and look elsewhere for a public service role just as many moderate Republicans did in
    the 1980’s and 90’s.

    By contrast, the Republican party now has an opportunity to seize majority status not just for an election cycle but for a generation by stretching its big tent to include fiscal conservative/social moderates. It does this by focusing on bread and butter issues –education reform (not just pandering to the teacher unions by throwing more money at the problem but real reform like those being pushed in South Carolina), transportation, water and air quality, and, most important, tax reform (in particular property taxes) and spending controls.

    Social conservative issues rightly deserve a place in this mix but they should never be allowed to hold center stage. Over the long run most people vote their pocketbook and quality of life concerns. The party that recognizes this fact is the party that has true staying power.

  14. billy says:

    Stephanie,
    1) it would seem that you are not taking a broad view of the legislature and are focusing on a few issues if you really think of Jacobs that way. If you look at his voting record on Social Justice, Civil Justice, Women’s issues, environment, and educaiton I think you will find a voice that you can appriciate in the legislature.

    2) If you don’t know if Mike Jacobs is a client of mine then how can you also claim to know what my win/loss record is? Given your comments, it would seem you don’t know either.

  15. Bill Simon says:

    Two questions to my fellow bloggers who are Democrats:

    1) Is “billy” Billy Linville?

    2) Pathfinder, did you mean to state that Alicia Morgan should have a caucus role? Because, if so, the Dem caucus will either become a junior version of Cynthia McKinney, or (cross my fingers) Morgan will buy a clue and stop her stupid, nasty, hate-filled anti-whitey rhetroic and grow-up. My money will be on the former rather than the latter.

  16. pathfinder says:

    Bill:

    I am not not stating Morgan “should” have a leadership role in her caucus. I am simply stating that she is likely to lobby for one and given the ideological shift in the center point of her party in the House a challenge by her (or someone with her views) will likely prevail.

    As to your second point, like I said earlier, the canary in the coal mine is dying for the Democrats in the General Assembly if they they lose any stake in the ideological center mainstream. This poses a generational opportunity for the GOP if it is wise enough to seize the opportunity.

    By the way, I find it amusing that because I don’t wholesale trash Democrats I am assumed to be one. You need to remember that the first step in defeating your opponents is to respect their abilities. The second is to recognize your own weaknesses.

  17. Bill Simon says:

    Decaturguy…how about posting a “Cox vs. Taylor” thread on the front so we can see you Dems go at it? I believe in equality for all disputes on this site, and I am bored with Casey v. Ralph and Karen v. Bill.

  18. stephaniemills21 says:

    Bill, No BillyYDG is not BIlly Linville, it is another billy with even a worse track record.

    Now Billy,

    I have had actual conversations with Rep. Jacobs and he has lied to my face about certain votes. Seen him say one thing to one group of people and then the opposite to another group. Basically anything that comes into his mind at the time. I hope that you tell all your clients to ignore their constituents concerns about some of their votes.

    As for your record (you asked for it):

    Womack – Lost (and said she would “never work with you again” and “never reccomend” you to anyone)
    Spreull – Lost
    Hesse – Lost (what a client – running for a position in YDA)
    Hart – Won (but all you did was a robo call) (doraville city council)
    Spangler – Won (a mail piece was your contribution)(doraville city council)
    Kwanza – he won – nice job of canvassing

    New Clients
    Eyre – Nice pick up. The district is only like 70% republican
    Copeland – Nice pick up. Was TROUNCED by Beasley Teague in his last try to unseat her.
    Ross – Nice pick up. This challenger has been outraised 2-1.
    And Finally Jacobs – The one democrat in the House of Representatives with less backbone than some of the party switchers. At least they are being honest about where their loyalties lie.

    Now, until you threw down the gauntlet I had never heard much about your record (other than Womack) and boy was it an eye opener.

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