An Alternative Means To An End

So, you want to run a story on the Speaker of the House having a girlfriend. But, you don’t have the photos and you don’t have a GOP challenger to the Speaker. How do you do it? Well, you get it to be news when Democrats file an ethics complaint against the Speaker.

The Democrats are taking the story to a whole new level, and one I had thought of on Friday, but even reporters didn’t treat as credible — that because the Speaker’s alleged girlfriend was a lobbyist for Atlanta Gas Light, AGL got special treatment from the Speaker. There is no evidence, but hey, this was just a means to get this into the AJC.

All those people on Friday laughingly calling this “Bobby Kahn’s parting shot” were right on the money, as was Peach Pundit.

The Georgia Democratic Party is filing ethics complaints against House Speaker Glenn Richardson, alleging he had an “inappropriate” relationship with a lobbyist for Atlanta Gas Light last year while co-sponsoring a bill to finance a $300 million pipeline for the utility.

State Democratic Party Chairman Bobby Kahn said that relationship created a conflict of interest for the Republican House leader.

Kahn declined to identify the lobbyist except to say the individual is a woman who no longer lobbies the state legislature for the utility. He also declined to characterize the alleged relationship other than to say it was “personal.”

Kahn said the Democratic Party mailed its complaints to the Joint Committee on Ethics and State Ethics Commission Friday. Kahn said the complaints will also be hand-delivered to the ethics panels Monday, the first day of the legislature’s 40-day session.

13 comments

  1. IndyInjun says:

    Clever, very clever.

    Kahn has the GOPers as nervous as a coyote caught in an open field in daylight.

    Are they SURE there are no pictures? They must be asking this one too…”If there was nothing to it, WHY did she resign?”

    From the responses by Perdue and Cagle, it would seem that they have entrusted Richardson’s assurances that nothing unethical has occurred or is provable.

    Richardson will be reelected to call the Dem’s bluff. The execs and the party can always say that they were deceived, if the rumors are substantiated later.

  2. fishtail says:

    So Mr. Fogle, I assume you have a lot of time on your hands since Bobby Kahn almost single-handedly defeated your suck-up buddy Max Burns. And he kicked ass with Mac Collins. And Bobby has done the yeoman’s work in seeding the mine-field for Governor “Greedy” Perdue. Perdue will be held to account on his criminal wrongdoing invlolved with his sham real estate deals. Federal investigations take a long and methodical process. Bobby Kahn is an icon for tough truth and is an expert for revealing the GOP emporors without clothes. (So far, the Speaker and Gov. Greedy). But stay tuned as he exposes a key Senate leader….

  3. buzzbrockway says:

    I think this was a big mistake by Kahn. Sure the rumor is in the newspaper, but its now a partisan attack, not a case of “investigative journalism.” The outgoing Democratic Chairman throws a grenade at the start of the Session. Politics as usual in the minds of many.

    Republicans will rally around Richardson and the chance, albeit a slim chance, of a challenge is gone.

    The ethics complaint seems weak to me. While it is immoral to have an affair (if in fact Richardson did, which is still not proven, and Kahn doesn’t even accuse him of having one), it does not mean he violated Georgia’s Ethics Laws.

  4. I could care less about the sex lives of any stripe of pasty chubby politician . . . . . That being said a woman named Monica taught me that republicans love to get all indignant when a sex scandal rears it’s head . . . . Should be a busy spring, in that case

  5. betty says:

    You have to question the AJC’s standards. Khan offers no proof in his complaint, only saying the alleged affair was “common knowledge.”

    Is it a story every time a political operative files an unsubstantiated ethics complaint — especially when the sole purpose of the complaint was to generate a news story? Such complaints have long ago become a joke because they are only filed by operatives or by that failed book-store owner from Rome who made a hobby out of nitpicky, technical violations.

    That is why the House and Senate have a rule that forbids a person filing an ethics complaint from disclosing the complaint until it has been looked into. Interestingly, Kahn didn’t sign his complaint to the Joint Legislative Ethics Committee before releasing it to the AJC so that he wouldn’t be in technical violation of that rule himself.

    Kahn is merely hoping that his complaint will prompt someone with actual evidence to come forward. He’s used the technique repeatedly and even got lucky with the story he pitched on Perdue’s Florida land purchase because a backbench Democratic legislator just happened to recall, after reading the news story, something about a last-minute tax bill. But even then, no proof has surfaced of laws broken.

    Sure the Ethics Commission has a photo of a bleeched blonde, Christine M. Williams, whose representation of AGL Resources was terminated 12/31/06. But, that is proof of nothing.

  6. VictoratGaImproper says:

    Vote on which Bible quote will ultimately apply:

    1) ” Trust in the LORD with all your heart, on your own intelligence rely not.” (Proverbs 3:5 NAB)

    2) ” Then Moses said, ‘Anyone who will not listen to that Prophet will be cut off from God’s people and utterly destroyed.” (Acts 3:23 NLT)

    3) “Yes, I will send against you poisonous snakes, Against which no charm will work when they bite you, says the LORD.” (Jeremiah 8:17 NAB)

    4) “But I say, anyone who even looks at a woman with lust in his eye has already committed adultery with her in his heart. So if your eye – even if it is your good eye – causes you to lust, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. And if your hand – even if it is your stronger hand – causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.” (Matthew 5:28-30 NLT)

    5) “Do not think that I have come to bring peace upon earth. I have come to bring not peace but the sword. For I have come to set a man ‘against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and one’s enemies will be those of his household'”. (Matthew 10:34-36 NAB)

  7. Gag Halfrunt says:

    Buzzbrockway is correct: Republicans will rally around Richardson.

    Please, please rally around Richardson. Embrace him. Make him your standard bearer. Hold him up as the model for the party. Make it clear to everyone that he represents what y’all think is best for Georgia.

    Show everyone that party loyalty is more important than ethics.

    Hey, it worked in the Congressional elections!

  8. commonsense says:

    Which part is going to be of more intrest to the electorate? Speaker has affair with lobbyist or “this is all a partisian attack?”

    Maybe Richardson will even go on TV direct to camera and offer to sell the pipeline his mistress sold him to Bobby Kahn for $20, heck $10 million. Oh how much that would hurt the Dems…

    Filing a complaint makes it news. Perdue and the GOP hacks would file complaints all the time just to kill news. They knew the Florida story was coming out so they filled a complaint against Taylor the day before. The day before the $100,000 tax story they filled the same complaint again. Hell they even filled a complaint because the treasurer of Taylor’s campaign died.

    To fellow partisain hacks—Either side want to start a $500 fine for filling a complaint that doesn’t lead to guilt? Yeah didn’t think so…

  9. Trackboy1 says:

    This is not about Bill Shipp, the AJC, Bobby Kahn, the Dem’s, etc. No one under 50 takes Bill Shipp seriously…he’s a dinosaur and knows it, that’s why he often lashes out at bloggers.

    If this was never posted on Peach Pundit, it would have died. It shows the power of the blog, particularly this one. Just like with the Earl Ehrhart mess a few weeks ago…elected officials and operatives are reading very closely (except Sonny Do…who’s made himself above the fray, no matter what the accusation).

    If you don’t think some of Richardson’s possible Repub challengers for Guvna aren’t smiling about this, and maybe helped egg it on, you’re kidding yourself.

    And this may change the whole tone of the house session. Won’t be as much of the judgemental, conservative values personal behavior tripe we had last year. Might actually have more substance, less filler (Sanctity of Marriage??? Now maybe two chicks will be able to adopt a kid in need one day…).

    PP is now the most influential website in the state…at least for the 40 days of session. Who needs to pay for Insider Advantage?

  10. Mad Dog says:

    Trackboy,

    You’re good on a couple of counts. However, I doubt the voters care about Richardson and his slice on the side.

    Voters are pretty thick skinned about politicians. They expect them to be slime, it seems.

    If I were going to start a nasty rumor, I’d say Bull Moose was put up to it by Casey Cagle.

    After all, Cagle’s a inside maverick. Fought and won against the Golden Boy, Ralph Reed. Outed details on the Governor’s Personal Tax Plan. Put on his personal celebration bash in conflict with another traditional event. Richardson could be in Cagle’s sights.

    Ah, heck, tho. I don’t start rumors and Bull Moose is too much of a stand up guy to stoop that low.

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