The Beacon Newspaper, which covers North Fulton, home of Speaker Pro-Tem Mark Burkhalter reports this:
Sources close to both men say that Richardson is now coming to realize the inevitable: he can’t legitimately or viably serve his GOP House colleagues in a meaningful way come January 2010. One high ranking Republican official said the decision may not be his to make.
If Richardson resigns his leadership post as House Speaker, the Georgia Constitution mandates that the Speaker Pro-Tem, Burkhalter, would become Speaker immediately.
That scenario may play out by week’s end.