1. eburke says:

    If the Great Plan were to pass, he wouldn’t want to be Governor. He would be the most powerful person in the State as Speaker of the House. He could tell the Governor and every local official how it was going to be since he would control the purse strings of the entire state.

  2. EAVDad says:

    How about Richardson for Senate if Isakson runs or for Congress? He might like the national stage more…just a thought

  3. rugby_fan says:

    If Isakson runs for Congress? Why would he step down?

    I don’t know how much Richardson would like not being in the minority, not having any real influence, and not being able to create rules ensuring his safety.

  4. Mike Hauncho says:

    The ego part is correct. The part about no benefit to being Governoris wrong. He wants to be Gov. but the odds are against him and he knows it. Isakson is the frontrunner yet not quite a lock. Cagle is a distant second and somewhere well below that comes Glenn. He could not win a U.S. Senate seat and he may soon be losing his Speaker title.

  5. rugby_fan says:


    I think his ego knows being the longest serving Speaker would be remembered in history books more than just another governor.

    One hopes that he may soon lose the Speakership.

  6. EAVDad says:

    Rugby Fan: I meant Richardson running for Congress, not Isakson. (Left a word out, sorry). Just a thought. Don’t have any inside info…

  7. drjay says:

    i thought way back in the day when the gop majority was in its infancy in atl the conventional wisdom was that one of the new ga US house seats that came after the 2010 census would be anchored by a certain house speakers home district (of course that was probably when it was assumed the nat’l gop would still be in charge in dc as well…)

  8. CobbGOPer says:

    While nothing’s confirmed with Isakson, why in hell would he want to stick around there much longer? I wouldn’t want to have to suffer in the minority either, especially when you’re having to deal with the likes of Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid. That’s why we’ve got so many Republicans retiring lately.

    They’ve gotten a taste of being in the minority under a majority run by crazy people, and they don’t like it. Look for at least four or five more Republican “retirements” in the next few months.

  9. Know Nothing says:

    If Isakson retires from the Senate, it’s not because the GOP is in the minority. If you know anything about Johnny, you know that would actually make him want to stay there longer to fight the good fight for the people of Georgia.

    And I completely disagree with Mike Hauncho. If Isakson runs for Governor, he is a lock. It would be an electoral landslide.

  10. Donkey Kong says:

    Speaker Richardson should run against John Linder. I’d be hitting the campaign trails for our Speaker with as much spare time as I have.

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