Georgia Trend’s Neely Young is on a rampage against the “Do-Nothing Legislature.”
Most of the criticism refers to Speaker Richardson’s abrasive management style. When things don’t go his way, his temper flares and he loses control of his emotions. Rather than trying to build consensus, he heaps abuse on those who disagree with him. He challenged Lt. Governor Casey Cagle to “Stand up like a man!” Last year he accused Gov. Sonny Perdue of “showing his backside.”
The crisis of leadership is a result of no one’s wanting to deal with Richardson. His position is virtually secure, because house members, not the voters, decide who is speaker. House members are a docile group, and are afraid to challenge his power.
Surprisingly, 90 percent of the scorn was heaped on the legislature from members of the GOP, conservative political columnists and conservative newspapers. The average citizen believes all newspapers are liberal; but there are many in Georgia that are on the opposite side of the political spectrum.
Young calls on the House Republicans to toss Richardson from the Speaker’s Chair.