Zero Hour has arrived; Richardson to resign

[UPDATE @ 3:25 p.m.] AJC confirms the resignation of Glenn Richardson, but cannot confirm the effective date of December 31 as WSB is reporting.

[UPDATE @ 3:18 p.m.] WSB is now confirming Glenn Richardson will announce his resignation during today’s 4 p.m. conference call. Sources tell WSB’s Lori Geary the resignation will be effective December 31.

[UPDATE @ 3:15 p.m.] Griftdrift reports: “Dennis O’Hayer of WABE is reporting he has confirmed that Speaker Richardson will resign during the conference call.”


Looks like the end of the road has finally arrived regarding the saga that is Glenn Richardson and cooler heads are about to take steps to show some maturity in the majority caucus. From the AJC’s Aaron Gould Sheinin at 3:02 p.m.:

House Republicans will have a conference call today at 4 p.m. It is not immediately clear if Glenn Richardson will be on the call or if it’s everyone BUT the speaker.

One House Republican said the message about the conference call was not clear. But what is clear, this lawmaker said, is “either it’s his resignation, or it’s the opening shot to his total, complete obliteration.”

If it’s not Richardson resigning, the lawmaker said, there will be a stream of legislators headed for the Capitol on Friday to sign the petition calling for his ouster. It only takes 20 signatures on the petition to force a vote of the GOP caucus to remove him.

Emphasis mine. I’ve already heard, as well, from several members of the majority caucus confirming that they are ready to use O.C.G.A. § 28-1-6.1 to start proceedings to remove Richardson from his role as Speaker.

46 comments

  1. Ken in Eastman says:

    Speaker Richardson needs to step down and away from the Capitol with speed and as much grace as he can muster. Anything else will be a bloodbath.

  2. Ken in Eastman says:

    This won’t even make the news in this part of the state until Richardson does resign. Then the stench will linger for a week while those who weren’t paying attention wake up.

  3. B Balz says:

    Grace, lads, grace. How would any of us feel if the news on Saturday was morbid? Buzz said it best earlier today: Mercy, forgiveness and understanding.

  4. macho says:

    He has only himself to blame, but emotions can run very high in divorce. Arguments can be made, and words can be spoken, that would never actually come to fruition. There are not many of us who would like to see the most heated exchanges you’ve had with family members printed on the front page of the AJC. Most of us have the luxury of allowing reconciliation to prevail and asking for forgiveness behind closed doors.

    I’m sure his marriage is beyond repair, but I do hope he’s able to reconcile with his wife to the point of civility for the sake of his kids. I hope he’s able to get the help he needs and is able to become a successful attorney again.

    I wish him well in getting his life back together and thank him for his years of service to the state of Georgia. Yes, there were some major faults, but he had some good points as well. He was a brilliant and intelligent legislator and the leadership has done a very good job, in the face of a huge recession, of keeping the spending in check. They’ve made some very difficult choices, partially under his leadership, in ensuring the state doesn’t smother the taxpayers.

    Again, I’m not excusing his actions, he has only himself to blame, but I do wish the best for him.

  5. Mid Georgia Retiree says:

    Resignation is the right thing, and it will come, but it seems that the news media has sure “piled on” in this story. It’s gone past the point of reporting news and become more like fanning the flames. Sadly, it’s not over. The Atlanta news media, Democrat lovers all, have already got other top Republican state officials in their sights for condoning bad behavior, conducting bad behavior themselves, or failing to jump as high as they should. The news media is no better than their current targets.

      • Ken in Eastman says:

        Actually, the news media was complicit in years of Democrat shenanigans, cover-ups and schemes that they failed to report. They should report this, but they need to keep it as a straight news story. We don’t need multiple editorials attacking Republicans from the very people who covered up for Democrats for a century.

        • griftdrift says:

          Please point out these multiple editorials. Perhaps you are referring to the plethora of posts by all these Democrats on Peach Pundit.

          To try to spin this in any way as the media’s fault is the height of ridiculous.

          • AthensRepublican says:

            He is pointing out the bias in the media that favors Democrats. Corruption under the Gold Dome was no big deal to the media under Murphy and the Democrats.

          • ByteMe says:

            Please point out where the media missed something that Tom Murphy did that was a criminal act. I’ve been here 20 years and have a pretty good memory for these things.

            Or are you trying to claim a “de facto” bias by saying they never reported anything at all and implying that since they’re all crooks, the media was biased in not reporting whatever was there?

          • griftdrift says:

            “He is pointing out the bias in the media that favors Democrats. Corruption under the Gold Dome was no big deal to the media under Murphy and the Democrats.”

            Yeah, because people like Charles Walker just magically appeared in prison one day without the public ever hearing a peep from the media.

            Whatever b.s. gets you through the day.

          • Ken in Eastman says:

            Does the name Charles Walker ring a bell? Walker’s ILLEGAL activites were an open secret in the state legislature and went unreported for quite some time.

          • Ken in Eastman says:

            Wait and see what we get from the AJC, Macon Telegraph, other various state newspapers and the broadcast media. That’s where your “we’re not going to let this fie” group some in. Why in the world would you think I was referring to here in Peach Pundit?

          • AthensRepublican says:

            Any Terry Coleman was no model of ethics either. Little media coverage compared with Richardson.

            Yeah, whatever bs gets you through the day… For instance, my belief that Alabama beats Florida in the SEC championship game.

          • griftdrift says:

            The classic conversation regarding bias.

            Person A: The media won’t cover it!

            Person B: Actually they did.

            Person A: Yeah, but not good enough!

            Lather, rinse, repeat. Keep at it enough and you might get your own show.

          • Ken in Eastman says:

            Well griftdrift,

            It certainly makes me feel better knowing that you have complete confidence in the media and I’m sure there are other who feel the same way.

            I’m happy to know that with a wave of your magic wand you have eliminated the editorial biases of every periodical in the state. Please feel free to congratulate yourself on your way to Utopia.

            Those of us here in the real world will stick around and deal with actual problems. Not all of us can afford to ignore reality. Try not to trip on the fairy dust and give our very best to Peter Pan.

        • griftdrift says:

          Always wanted to be Peter Pan.

          Anyone who knows anything about me or my record know that I am not shy about criticizing the media. The difference is I don’t go into with a pre-conceived conclusion. And when someone points out I’m wrong, I accept it.

    • Georgia Politico says:

      There’s enough evidence out there to effectively demonstrate that Democrats were complicit in their willingness to allow state Representative Glenn Richardson to remain as Speaker.

        • Georgia Politico says:

          So, my beer guzzling friend, the recent statement by House Minority Leader DuBose Porter (D – Dublin) declaring that “an ethics complaint against House Speaker Glenn Richardson should be reopened” simply represents the politics of pile-on.

          News reports show that Democrats did not want to oppose Richardson in 2007, and did not run against him in 2009.

          Those same news reports say that “many House and Senate Democrats frowned at the decision by Bobby Kahn, the [then]state Democratic party chairman, to file a salacious ethics complaint against House Speaker Glenn Richardson.”

          Now, at least one leading Democrat is calling for the dismissed complaint to be re-opened, even after it is strongly suggested that the case was not even supported by the Democrats.

          As usual, Georgia Democrats are running to the ball game late in the fourth quarter when the affair is all but decided; resulting in them looking like a bunch of so-called johnny-come-lately’s attempting to score political points.

      • Game Fan says:

        I don’t see how politicians are expected to run around telling on each other. That’s just ridiculous. How would they get anything done? That’s the media’s job. Suppose you had a co-worker and you knew he robbed a bank. So let’s say you call the cops and they think you’re just crazy. So now you have to work alongside a bank robber who you just ratted out to the cops. Now what? I hope the media focuses on bank robbers rather than milking this one single issue for “who knew what when”.

        • Game Fan says:

          As far as “ethics” goes I’m one of those realists. After all, these Ethics Committees are full of what? Politicians. When is the last time they’ve put the smackdown on anybody?

  6. griftdrift says:

    Effective immediately really wouldn’t make any difference. If Jason’s correct with the “succession” plan (likely), then today or three weeks from today makes little difference.

    • Ken in Eastman says:

      I agree. Any “behind closed door” deals should be scuttled immediately. An open and honest process needs to occur.

    • I think there is a big hangup in the GOP side of the Gov. race i the backdoor deal goes down.

      You already have three candidates who have some sort of ethical question from one standpoint or another with Ox, Deal, and Johnson.

      But one would have to assume that any backdoor deal is going to be brokered by Perdue, who is his good ole boy team backing? Handel. It would be in her best interest to move as far away from the Perdue team as possible if a backdoor deal goes down, and the media goes on about the ethics issues.

      What about on the Democrat side? You got “King Roy” who was known for getting what he wants by whatever means necessary, Baker has the whole Wilson thing there to potentially drag him down. Porter didn’t challenge the unethical and corrupt Speaker . .

      If more scandals get drawn to light, I’m not sure that anything will get done in the next session. Everyone will be too busy doing damage control.

  7. Jeff says:

    To those claiming “media bias”:

    You may have a point – to an extent.

    But here’s the thing: The Democrats did not have to deal with the rise of bloggers – of all forms, from mere rumormongers to more “civilian journalists” – and social media. Had they done some of the crap they are accused of doing back then in the current technological environment, I have no doubt the “Republican Revolution” in GA would have happened much sooner.

  8. ectracey says:

    Today is a sad day in GA. As political pundits almost seem gleeful for news that tears our system under. This reminds me of how most Muslims acted on 911. It is not good when any family is destroyed and it is not good for the media no matter what medium they are a member of, to write about the demise of anyone’s family in the ways I am seeing written. With contempt for a man who is sick.
    We are in a gossip society where people actually get joy out of seeing others lives get destroyed.
    I do beleive that if a man or woman has descretions and are arrogant and not remorseful, and and have no desire to reconcile their differences, then the party’s if they are public officials, or pastor’s, etc. should resign.
    But the press is aware of many of these indescretions yet they pick the one’s to report when it is piling on time or when it is time for their favorite power person to move up.
    Maybe it is time to investigate the press as well. Maybe in such a postion of trust we must make sure they as well (David Lettermen), before reporting on others like (Sarah Palin’s child), should be fully vetted themselves. Can any man cast a stone at a glass house?

    While Obama who seems to be for now happily married, (but I saw in publix on one of the magazines as i checkd out, a headline that Obama was having a homosexual affair) is throwing our country off the edge of the cliff, and democrat policies are being implemented right out of the books of Karl Marx, Saul Alinskey, and George Orwell, while we focus on the personal lives of conservatives who’s human weakness is their broken families. 9 out of 10 times when i see this I know there are drugs or alchohol involved in the situation.

    We ought to throw every drunk out of office also becasue there are more families in America being destroyed by alchohol and pot heads than by any other means. We know who these drunks are in public life and in the media as well. So let’s bring it on. let’s destroy every man and his family as quickly as we can. Because we know there wouldn’t be any press left to report on the abuses of power of our elected body now would there?

    Let’s just clean house once and for all. In fact a simple name check in home town newspapers will show how many reporters and politicians have been arrested for DUI. In fact a Doc on CNN was arrested for DUI some time ago and the injured man died from his injuries in the accident yet no one has written anything about it and the doc has been promoted at CNN to chief medial advisor for the network. (ref:ltr by Chris Miller to the GA medical board)

    Maybe we all throw stones at glass houses hoping to kock down his before he can throw one at mine. What about treating our neighbor as we ourselves want to be treated? What about gossip?

    I call for a day of prayer so that people who are destroying their families through legal and illegal drugs (including alchohol) will be humbled by God and that they would seek the help they need to heal themselves and their families.

    How should the Republicans have handled this? They should have quietly went to Richardson and said, brother you just tried to committ suicide and you are not able to lead us right now. We will help you to A) get medical help, B) help you to reconcile with your family who are hurting right now also. C) We want you to resign without public fanfare and we will provide for you financially while you go through your rehabilitation for the next six months. D) We want you to come out of this stronger, your family healed, and we want you to realize that you are more important to us as a person than as leader of the house.

    This act of compassion would defeat Satan, hold of the trolling press who seem like vultures circling for a dead caucus.

    Who is the next victim? We all know there is another elephant in the room? don’t we? Come on now the press has them lined up like dominos dont they? Will it be handled the same way or with integrity?

    By the way when a Christian falls is he a hypocrite? No he is a sinner just like the rest of us. No sin is greater than another. No sin wether it is homosexuality, adultry, stealing a pencil from school, or gossiping about your neighbor, is worse than murder itself. To break one of the ten commandments is to be seperated from God period!
    Hypocrite No! Sinner yes But one must be humble and ask forgiveness for his sin to be forgiven. Go and sin no more is what Jesus told the prostitute. Jesus called teh hpocrites of His day the leaders who took advantage of the people. This award goes to Al Gore right now with the 1000 emails uncovered about the warming lie to bamboozel the world so that he would gain more power and money while telling people the world will end by drying up in the next five years. or maybe Reed< Pelosi, Rangall, and Obama who scared us all this year when they sang chicken little chicken little the sky is falling! Then they usurped the constitution and stole like Jesse James right out of the treasury, my savings, your savings, and my great grandchildrens, in order to fatten the golden calf. That is worth more of our attention than the sad episode that happened with the speaker, don't you think? What he did made us all sad, what Obama and Pelosi are doing are making us all MAD.

    Who will be the next sinner who takes Richardson's place? becasue we all fall short of the glory of God don't we? That is what the Bible says.

    • Game Fan says:

      Jeez, funny how so many “Christians” are coming out of the woodwork in order to defend fraud and corruption, because after all the Bible teaches that society is based on top down power which derives from government, right?

      • ByteMe says:

        the Bible teaches that society is based on top down power which derives from people with a Y chromosome, right?

        Slight correction.

  9. rugby says:

    “Walker’s ILLEGAL activites were an open secret in the state legislature and went unreported for quite some time.”

    So were Richardson’s.

    Just saying.

    • Ken in Eastman says:

      rugby, You’re right and that is my point. The difference is that I expect much more to be made of Richardson’s transgressions.

      What our state legislators do should be reported. Period. It shouldn’t matter on which side of the aisle they sit, BUT it should ALL be reported and treated the same way. I have serious and well-founded doubts that this state’s newspapers will do that.

      • rugby says:

        Dude….did you at all follow the reporting of Glenn’s scandal? Because it is obvious you didn’t (or you are creating your own history) except for Bobby’s ethics complaint, there was no reporting on it until there were facts. Namely his ex-wife producing the paper trail.

        • Ken in Eastman says:

          rugby,

          Prepare to be shocked: it was actually UNDER reported down here. Yeah, I’m amazed.

          My concern is that it will be OVER reported throughout next year and become a sidebar inserted into most stories dealing with the GOP. As in, “Despite the ethics scandal associated with Georgia Speaker Glenn Richardson, Republicans look to remain in control of . . .” OR “Once again Democrat Gubernatorial candidate Roy Barnes took aim at Republican ethical failings and promised . . .”

          And yes it can happen that way. The media will not bat an eye at the hypocrisy.

          • rugby says:

            So wait, you are concerned that the second most powerful man in Georgia (arguably, de jure, the most powerful man in Georgia as Sonny is rather weak-willed) was porking a lobbyist and then managed to get her $300 million dollar pipeline that was paid for by the taxpayers approved and then attempted to abuse his power as vested in him by the state in attempt to shut his wife up?

            Yeah, OK, that can get real under reported.

          • Ken in Eastman says:

            rugby,

            Read my posts.

            It needs to be reported, but I believe this will drag on and on and be used against the Republican Party in Georgia. I don’t like that. Apparently you do. End of discussion; go sharpen your crayon.

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