I actually like this idea, though Bill Stephens apparently does not. Karen Handel suggests appointing the Secretary of State. I’m a big believer in running the state executive branch like the federal branch and appointing the various secretaries and commissioners. It seems absurd to me that there are whole divisions of the executive branch in Georgia that the Governor should be able to call on to accomplish his goals and those divisions may be headed by an elected person of the same or a different party but, regardless of that, with competing interesting.
As a result, the state has a multitude of other commissioners that the Governor appoints to accomplish his goals. From SOS to State School Superintendent, I think they should all be appointed by the Governor, who should then be held accountable based on those appointments.
[UPDATE] According to the Handel campaign (thanks Beth), the Stephens campaign mischaracterized her statement. Handel was apparently just saying that some states do appoint the SOS, but that she does not personally favor that. Damn. Oh well.