When the Murphy article first ran, I gave thought to posting something here asking people to comment on their favorite memory of Tom Murphy while he was Speaker of the Georgia House, but I didn’t. Before posting this blog entry, I wanted to do a little research and hopefully come up with a quote that I felt epitomized that legendary Tom Murphy wit; you know, something to the effect of the story I heard about Speaker Murphy responding to a Republican state legislator who made a parliamentary inquiry about the rules of House, to which Murphy responded, “I’m not sure about the rules of the House, but this is how we do things here.”
Lo and behold, through my research, I came across a program that aired on Georgia Public Broadcasting about 5 years ago. The program was called “Speaker of the House: The Thomas B. Murphy Story”. Near the end of that program, there was a clip of Speaker Murphy posing this question to Rep. Earl Ehrhart:
“When y’all gone get someone in y’alls party that knows something about the law? Will you find somebody Earl?
That one line had me in stitches, and I thought it was worthy of being recognized as a quote of the day.