First Strike at Glenn Richardson

This went out to a pile of people from State Representative Austin Scott. One of them forwarded it on. I love his signature:

Dear David:

I am sure that you are aware of the newspaper article that was posted online. I am disappointed that your level of respect for the caucus is that we get confirmation of the rumors through the news instead of from you. Reminds me of the courage of the Prince in the movie Gladiator.

Austin Scott
Supporter of Glenn Richardson Speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow.

For the members who have not seen the news, please see below.

Benton, England back Richardson’s ouster

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Rep. Tommy Benton and Rep. Terry England (Jackson & Barrow counties) are backing an effort to oust Rep. Glenn Richardson as speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives.

Benton, (R-Jefferson) and England (R-Winder) were among a handful of disgruntled legislators who were scheduled to announce support this week for Rep. David Ralston, Blue Ridge, in challenging Richardson, who is best known as the author of legislation attempting to replace property taxes throughout Georgia with an increased sales tax.

“I’m supporting Mr. Ralston,” said Benton by phone from Oklahoma, as he returned from a conference.

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  1. WhoWhatWhen says:

    I’m sure Georgia has never endured such an arrogant and immature leader as Glenn Richardson. It speaks poorly for all Republican House members that they consider Richardson their brightest mind. The judgment shown in selecting Richardson will be tough for aspiring Republican House members to explain as they seek to grow beyond their cozy little club. Just ask Barry Fleming.

  2. Dantes says:

    The only downside to this is we’re going to have to endure the Ehrharts and the Scotts pound their chests like a bunch of 9th grade boys trying to prove how tough they are.

    here comes the refrain boys… dare these ungrateful snots challenge our fearless leader! We’ll crush them! Glenn is the greatest leader ever!

    Hopefully David or someone will win and restore some basic dignity to the Georgia House.

    It’s time to tell the teenagers to shut up and grow up.

  3. Taft Republican says:

    Our GOP leaders are already hanging… us out to dry. Time for a complete overhaul.

  4. jenny says:

    Anyone touting Richardson as the best leader ever is either very drunk or very ignorant. That is unless your definition for “greatest leader ever” is: one who is completely incapable of getting the work of the people accomplished, pursuing the greater good and protecting life & liberty, while maintaining a phenomenal level of egotism and self confidence as if just the opposite were true.

    The GOP in Georgia is in desperate need of an enema….no, that wouldn’t be drastic enough. Maybe a colonic would do it-hooked up to a fire hose. Glenn staying or going will not rid us of the shocking number of politicians who say all the right things at the events, and then go on to do whatever the heck they want in conducting the business of governing. Our freedoms are eroded, our taxes increase, government schools are a sham, and the budget is out of control. Should I bring up pre-natal murder, or will the vast majority of you merely roll your eyes as if 40,000 children slaughtered in Atlanta every year is no big deal?

  5. Taft Republican says:

    It’s not just the politicians. It’s the GOP “leaders”. The visual imagery of a fire-hose-colonic in the GA GOP gives me chills.

  6. Taft Republican says:

    “I usually begin the eye-rollng when I hear someone utter ‘pre-natal murder'” –Chris Farris, fine GOP example

    “I usually begin the eye-rollng when I hear someone utter ‘rape'” –Clayton Williams, fine GOP example

  7. fultonrighty says:

    Another race might play into this too–the Forsyth County Republican ballot question about the Georgia Human Life Amendment which passed 64-36. The Speaker has his reasons for opposing it, and they are not pretty. He is an embarrassment to lots of moderate Republicans too.

  8. HankRearden says:

    newdayinga, you are as stupid as you sound.

    A. the Strickland guy is dumber than a box of rocvks.

    B. James may or may not support Glenn Richardson for Speaker who really knows until everyone announces for the job.

    C. James Mills is one of the smartest and most ethical Legislators in the entire Legislature.

    D. James in no way needs your vote to win that race.

    Good luck on your continued attemps to sound intelligent.

    P.S. You are not by chance that idiot Mike Parker are you?

  9. superdave says:

    It’s not a surprise that Austin is supporting the Speaker. What he did, not voting to override the Governor’s veto, is 100 times worse than what Graves’ vote on DOT board.

    He made the whole caucus look bad and got a free pass from the Speaker. Whereas Graves made the Caucus look good.

  10. Bill Simon says:

    Oh, Jenny…thank you so much for the opening.

    This is what you said: Our freedoms are eroded, our taxes increase, government schools are a sham, and the budget is out of control. Should I bring up pre-natal murder, or will the vast majority of you merely roll your eyes as if 40,000 children slaughtered in Atlanta every year is no big deal?

    The fact is, our freedoms are eroded, government schools are a sham, the budget is out of control, we have a war in Afghanistan that should have been over long ago, we have a presidential administration that scoffs at the concept of keeping CIA identities a secret, and all the while seeing how many ways they can cover-up THEIR iditoic errors in destroying this country’s currency and economy, and you want to know why that is?

    It is the state of this country because people like you are so caught-up in the whole abortion matter that people like you will ONLY consider voting for anyone who tells you they are “pro-life”, regardless of their abilities to do ANYTHING else.

    Bush has proven he’s a moron. But, hey, he’s “pro-life.” Gawlee! Let’s have him stay President FOREVER!

  11. shep1975 says:

    I generally roll my eyes too when Jenny says, “pre-natal murder,” but it doesn’t kill the wife and I making dinner plans with Jenny and Jon.

  12. shep1975 says:

    And Bill, how many times do you read about the blunder in 1944 when a mishap duting the training exercise to D-Day cost thousands of American lives before the actual invasion?

    How about leaking the Bay of Pigs invasion to the NYT so Castro could be prepared?

    Every President screws up, some more than others. But Bush hasn’t done a terrible job. Tell me why the war in Iraq qas a mistake? We know know Wilson and his wife, Valerie, were a couple of liars as we now transport tons of yellow cake from Iran to Canada so they can use it for energy.

    Don’t tell me Muslims can’t understand democracy, because we said the same about the Germans and Japanese.

    But, over all, why was the war a mistake? There was mistakes in the post war occupation, but isn’t there always? Say what you want about UGA, but I think my liberal arts education helped me get a better grasp on history than you got at Tech.

    Also, please enlighten me how they destroyed this country’s currency and economy? I thought resessions were cyclical (by the way, we have’t had 2 quarters of negative growth so while times ARE tough, we are not in a resession…I expect the next 2 quarters to confirm it though).

  13. Bill Simon says:


    “Tell me why the war in Iraq was a mistake?”

    Because the war in Iraq was implemented primarily (if not 100%) for the purpose of the Bushes reclaiming their manhood(s) after GHWB didn’t pursue Saddam back in 1991. He stopped at the border, and he (and Junior) have regreted that decision ever since.

    YES, I know there was a UN order back then for the US forces to chase Saddam back across the border and for us to stop at the border. Still, GHWB would have been a) justified in following Saddam across and finishing the job, and b) there wouldn’t have been a whole lot the UN or the rest of the world could have said in opposition.

    SO, we have younger, highly impressionable George Junior hearing people bitch about Saddam for the next 9 years (time frame is 1991+) about how his dad should have taken care of Saddam when we had the chance, and we shoulda done this, and we shoulda done that….

    SO, Junior gets elected President, 9-11 happens, and in the back of their minds, they start plotting for a way to point our guns towards Saddam. Even though Saddam had nothing to do with the planning or implementation of 9-11, when video was seen of Iraquis dancing in the streets over the 2 towers coming down, that is when the mental switches went into overdrive within the Bush administration that…somehow, they were going to figure out a way to go back into Iraq and kick Saddam and those people’s as*es.

    Try as they might, the evidence for who was involved in the 9-11 attacks could only be found in the Al-Quaida group. So, the Bush administration could only enter Afghanistan and start kicking their asses.

    BUT…they didn’t finish the job there, did they? They went and did 90% of the job and then turned their attention to fabricating a reason and excuse to go into Iraq.

    You know what happens when firefighters only put out 90% of a fire when there is still plenty of fuel left to burn? It doesn’t stay extinguished. It smolders until it builds-up enough heat again to start consuming fuel and become an EVEN bigger fire.

    That’s what’s happening in Afghanistan right now, Shep. OR, is the media (FAUX NEWS, included) all fabricating what’s going on in Afghanistan?

  14. Bill Simon says:

    Shep, Part Deux

    “Also, please enlighten me how they destroyed this country’s currency and economy? ”

    Gladly, Sheppie. What makes a currency strong? Low budget deficits.

    What happens when the deficit keeps rising to keep covering national budget expenditures AND earlier debt service? The value of our dollar falls.

    Don’t play this game with me regarding the definition of a “recession” because what we may actually be in is something that may not actually have a economic definition. YOU have a government job giving you spending money. In every economic times, good or bad, the government always hires, and rarely downsizes.

    YOUR relative wealth in having a government job, as well as those folks like Clint Austin, who have lobbying jobs (and who made a post a few months back declaring there was no problem with our economy) do not have the same perspective as the folks who actually have to work in a job that is part of the wealth-creation process.

    The only think “government jobs” does is act to either transfer wealth, or destroy wealth. And, when I say “government jobs,” I am talking about all of the jobs related to administrating government policies (like, say, you), as well as people who are hired to lobby government officials/elected politicians
    to suck some money out of the system and direct it on behalf of their client, whoever that may be, either a private enterprise or a government entity.

    I personally scoff at the concept of ANYONE ever claiming that Bush or Perdue are “fiscal conservatives.” Ain’t no way, no shape, no form no how.

    AND…Jason, for the record, I didn’t learn about economics and finance at Georgia Tech. I learned these things through 3 years of graduate courses at Georgia State University.

  15. newdayinga says:


    Would you please list at least one accomplishment of James Mills that you are proud of?

    Second, how intelligent are you when you say:

    1. The back door of GA is being kicked in by people from Irania.

    2. You mistake a Canadian Maple Leaf for Marijuana.

    3. You openly admit that you didn’t read or understand a bill before you voted for it.

    Can you answer that question?

  16. jsm says:

    Hey, newday. You actually believe everything you read in Creative Loafing?

    How intellectually deficient is your guy when he agrees with Ted Kennedy that the Feds should choose a mandatory nationwide standard curriculum and then says he’s for “local control?”

  17. newdayinga says:

    The last time I checked the goal of education was to further knowledge. As a Republican, I do not see anything wrong with a national curriculum. It is simply a target. Can you please elaborate on what you are so opposed to? I beleive Dr. Strickland said that we needed to make sure that an education in Georgia and and an education in any other state was equal. Why would we want Georgia children to be dumber than Alabama children?

    As for local control, Mills and his buddy Richardson took the greatest steps to end local control with the GREAT plan. This plan would have stolen money from Hall to send to Clayton. Are you sure you want to align with that kind of legislator? Mills have voted 6 times to increase the property taxes of Hall County property owners, and he still hasn’t committed on the Speaker’s race.

    16 years is a long time to be in office without knowing how to make a committment. And what about term limits. He ran saying that he thought that 12 years was as long as anyone should be in the legislature. What about PAC money? He ran saying you shouldn’t take any donation greater than $500.00. Can he please give that money back to TitleMax?

    I understand your love affair with him. Hell, I even voted for him in the past, but he has been there too long and has gotten nothing done.

  18. joe says:


    “As a Republican, I do not see anything wrong with a national curriculum.”

    How about this? “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

  19. newdayinga says:


    How about this?

    Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts and excises, to pay the debts and provide for the common defense and general welfare of the United States; but all duties, imposts and excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;

    To make all laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into execution the foregoing powers, and all other powers vested by this Constitution in the government of the United States, or in any department or officer thereof.

    If a well educated public does not fall under general welfare ,then what does?

  20. joe says:

    An interesting concept, but since “general welfare” is very subjective, almost impossible to argue one way or another. Is it in the general welfare of the U.S. if it is something that the majority (of the people or Congress) wants?

  21. joe says:

    new day,

    Sorry if this shows up twice, but WordPress and the TMC are giving me fits tonight.

    An interesting concept, but since “general welfare” is very subjective, almost impossible to argue one way or another. Is it in the general welfare of the U.S. if it is something that the majority (of the people or Congress) wants?

  22. newdayinga says:

    Well I agree that General Welface is subjective, but an informed society is a major defense against tyranny. And I respect the states’ rights to do that in anyway that see fit, but knowledge is not subjective. You either understand or you do not. A national curriculum simply means that we have an educational standard for the US.

    JSM is trying to paint Strickland with the brush that the Federal Goverment should tell the states what to teach and how to teach it. That is simply a mistatement of his position.

  23. Icarus says:


    Fair warning, you are very close to getting the “where can I find information about Paul Broun getting sworn in?” treatment.

  24. jsm says:

    Man, how did I miss all this excitement? I guess I’ve been busier than I thought.

    NDIG, when your guy mentioned that he supported Kennedy’s national curriculum idea, he gave the example of a kid coming from hurricane-stricken New Orleans. He said the kid shouldn’t come to GA and be held back because he is behind in school. Hmmm. That’s the ticket–let’s dumb down all school systems to one standard so that no student gets behind. Let’s bring every system to our lowest common denominator–no need to compete and strive to be the best. While we’re at it, we might as well hold back our students while we teach little illegals how to speak English, too. That way they won’t get behind because they don’t have a clue what the teacher is saying.

    There is no denying that a standard national curriculum would be BAD policy. Teachers and their local systems should decide the curriculum they use to ideally produce the best learning environment possible for each classroom.

    This issue only emphasizes the fact that your guy is neither conservative nor a true supporter of local control of schools.

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