I can’t get this link to work right now, but Doug Monroe has a blog post up there about Sen. Jim Whitehead suffering a bad case of foot in mouth disease. Doug is always worth reading and catching things like this is just another reason why:
The House Appropriations Committee stripped out of the state budget the money that Governor Perdue had put in to begin preliminary planning for the UGA/ Medical College collaboration on the Navy School campus. Where’s the Chairman of the Appropriations Committee from? You got it – Augusta. It’s true that there’s plenty of time left for the Governor and the General Assembly to fund the medical college here, but that is a highly political process in which Athens-Clarke County has little clout. And let us not forget that prominent Republican State Senator Jim Whitehead (also from the Augusta area) “joked” that UGA is run by a bunch of liberals, and if it weren’t for the football team, he’d just as soon somebody bombed the school out of existence. He’s running for Congress in our district.
Several folks tell me that Whitehead actually made this remark three years ago, not recently and definitely not in the wake of the Virginia Tech tragedy.
That puts a whole different light on the matter. As Senator John Douglas notes in the comments, Senator Whitehead has quite the sense of humor to boot.