The AJC has more about that deal that the Speaker’s office “categorically denies”:
Georgia Right to Life president Dan Becker said an intermediary for Richardson came to him with a deal the day before the DOTvote.
Becker said the intermediary suggested that if pro-Evans lawmakers would switch their votes, Richardson might allow the full House to vote on the “Human Life Amendment,” which would outlaw abortion in Georgia.
“He came to us basically to do some horse-trading,” Becker said. “The nature of the deal wasn’t something we could accept.”
“A House member … came to the speaker and suggested that some DOT board votes may be for sale if the speaker agreed to a floor vote on the Human Life Amendment,” Davis said in a prepared statement. “Speaker Richardson said absolutely not.”
Davis said in an interview that “the speaker and Rep. Scott did discuss the offer, and again, the answer was no.”
Later she said, “Speaker Richardson stood on principles, not politics.”
Haha. That last line is a joke, right? This was a political witch hunt orchestrated by the Speaker and House leadership. It was nothing but politics. There was no principle involved.
It was fairly obvious that the Speaker didn’t have the votes going into Friday. To say that the Speaker didn’t try to arrange some deals or this deal specifically to guarantee the out come he wanted is absurd. The Speaker tipped his hand far too early on this one. Everyone knew he was desperate to have Evans and Anderson replaced, and it was nothing short of a vendetta.
I don’t buy what the Speaker’s office is selling.