What does $8,256.91 in tax dollars from hard working Georgians get you these days?

It pays the salary for Speaker of the Georgia House Glenn Richardson for one month!

With his resignation announcement on December 3, 2009, we now have the privilege of paying Richardson’s salary for the next 29 days until he finally and permanently departs the Gold Dome on January 1, 2010, headed back to Hiram. And what, pray tell, do we as taxpayers get in exchange for this financial outlay?

Georgians, we get the services of a morally bankrupt leader who allegedly is an adulterer. We continue to employ someone who allegedly has threatened to use the GSP and GBI against his ex-wife (and, don’t forget, said divorce has several “unusual aspects” to it). We maintain the lifestyle of someone who, as late as this week in some published reports, was allegedly throttling at full power between emotional extremes of rage and depression.

And we get someone who has no political leverage, power or prestige and is emotionally, morally and mentally incapable of advancing any sort of legitimate legislative agenda.

Speculation early in the week was that a component of how and when Richardson would depart was dependent on how he would be able to “cope” with the loss of his primary income of $99,082.95 a year in salary as Speaker. The compromise, it seems, is that he has been allowed to continue to suckle from the ample bounty of tax dollars that he feels he is deserved of for another four weeks, slowing efforts for the majority caucus to prepare for the 2010 session of the General Assembly where important issues are going to confront the legislature.

And, on top of all this, it also allows the incoming Speaker to prevent the majority caucus from holding an election on who should be Speaker. The grumbling on that issue has already been noted here and elsewhere.

Sunshine remains the best disinfectant. And to allow the charade of Richardson continuing to draw tax dollars in salary while implementing a plan that permits Mark Burkhalter to delay any new election for Speaker until, most likely, after the next session of the General Assembly, is shameful and obviates any stated goal of open and honest government.

Glenn Richardson needs to speed up his official resignation to this coming Monday. Better yet, how about today. And Mark Burkhalter, the symbol of fidelity and truth that he is, should immediately call for an election for Speaker.

Georgia House Republicans: you are going to get one shot, and only one shot, at this to be able to fix it. You need to stand up and publicly be counted now or risk your own political futures come November, 2010.


  1. Briardawg says:

    And state employees continue to work under furloughs and threat of layoffs because of lack of revenue. Just saying…

  2. B Balz says:

    (Note to self: Do NOT piss off Mr. Pete Randall.)

    Quick question: “Is there any stopping the current scenario?”


    • AthensRepublican says:

      The caucus can do something about it if the majority of them are in the least concerned about the corruption or the image of corruption under the Gold Dome. I would not be suprised to see tea-party style anti-corruption rallies at the Capitol.

  3. ByteMe says:

    Georgia House Republicans: you are going to get one shot, and only one shot, at this to be able to fix it. You need to stand up and publicly be counted now or risk your own political futures come November, 2010.

    Or what…? What do you really think will really happen? You think the Democratic Party is going to magically win enough votes in this state and somehow act differently even if they do get power? You think there will be competitors for the 100+ “safe” Republican seats out there? What exactly do you think will be the consequences of consequence?

    The people do not have the power to create or veto legislation in this state. And we don’t have the buying power of lobbyists. Doesn’t matter who has their hands on the levers of power as long as those two situations don’t change. Honest people will never be put in charge.

    • LoyaltyIsMyHonor says:

      That’s the crux of the problem. GA seems to have a long-standing history, almost love, of one-party rule. Sonny, Glenn, and Casey could all be convicted of crimes before next election, and we’ll still have the same party in control. People just see the letter after one’s name, or only care about one issue, ie, guns, gays, god, abortion, etc…geez, taxes aren’t even that high up there, given the electorate’s habit of voting for tax increases for ourselves by approving tax exemptions for some special interest group.

      • Ken in Eastman says:

        “GA seems to have a long-standing history, almost love, of one-party rule.”

        The moral to that may be that parties in this state sink or swim together.

    • I agree that the opposition party(-ies) aren’t much of a threat to most Republican seats. I think the message most posters are trying to send is that undesirable Republicans might be replaced by OTHER less-undesirable Republicans during the primaries.

      However, even that is a pretty hollow threat. As long a Republican says the right things on abortion, the grassroots are loath to support a primary challenge. The problem with the Dems is that there’s too much infighting… the problem with the GOP is that there isn’t enough.

  4. I Like to Watch says:

    Isn’t it just a matter of who will be next and how soon it will happen? Maybe there should be a “dead pool” so we could all bet on this and maybe make some good money. You all are right about the republicans that get exposed and ruined will probably just be replaced by other republicans as far as the legislature itself but there is a bigger problem. There are more girlfriends and now the sharks in the media know there is blood in the water. More will have to resign and this will just keep going on while the governor’s election is in full swing. Yes only a couple of the republican candidates have had affairs, or at least that we know of, and hopefully we will not make the mistake of picking one them, but if the party does not clean up our act right now then the whole barrel will look rotten and a democrat could get in as governor. That is why it is hard to believe certain people are still playing the same old games as if things will go the way they are planning and everything will be the same a year from now. They are fighting for power right now and they won’t even be around but they are doing damage that will last.

  5. B Balz says:

    Amazing really, that it took “two months” to resolve the wrong number issue.

    The devil is in the detail.

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