FOX5 and 11Alive are both reporting this evening they have learned Glenn Richardson is bouncing between the rather dramatic extremes of “emotional resignation” with regard to the mess he made for himself and being “fighting mad,” ready to defend himself.
Meanwhile, DuBose Porter waxes philosophic about the “culture of corruption” that pervades the General Assembly. It’s a phrase that you can expect to be ramped up more and more over the coming weeks. Even though, as has been noted in the comments, Porter seems to forget the past with Charles Walker and Tom Murphy (who were hardly paragons of honest, open government), the inescapable fact remains that Republicans are gearing up for an election cycle next year and the upcoming session of the General Assembly will be the last chance many will have to generate any favorable public opinion after several years of rather lackluster efforts.
But this situation isn’t just isolated to Speaker Richardson in the House. It is widely known over in the Senate of at least one person who has done pretty much the worst job in the world to keep his own “scandal” secret. As the rampant speculation continues, it is indeed comforting to learn from Erick that “adults are now paying attention and headed to a room to seek common ground and resolution before next year dawns.” That is what is needed here and the pandering to those who have brought shame upon themselves and their office cannot be tolerated for even another day.
Tonight, members of the majority caucus in the House need to do some soul searching and, if Richardson continues to waste time and avoid making the decision that is best for the party, decide if it is time to inform him of their intent to participate in the use of O.C.G.A. § 28-1-6.1 to start proceedings to remove him from his role as Speaker. Because if Richardson won’t leave, that doesn’t mean he has to stay.
“I think sometime in the next week, a decision will be made,” says state GOP chairman Sue Everhart concerning Richardson.
Next week is another delay that is unnecessary. Tomorrow morning is just right. And the “house cleaning” must start with Richardson.