A woman for Speaker?

As the House GOP tries to sort things out, ideas are being floated left and right. One idea that’s popped up this morning is of a woman for Speaker of the House:

One female Republican veteran this morning is suggesting that, given the current zipper situation, House GOP members consider a woman for speaker – Jan Jones of Alpharetta or Donna Sheldon of Dacula.

Also taking note of Georgia’s situation us political uber-professor Larry Sabato who Tweeted this and this a few minutes ago:

Keep your eye on the unfolding scandal in GA. It isn’t just the sleazy state House Speaker who’s just been forced out.

The GOP is having a hard time finding an ‘appropriate’ successor, i.e., someone without scandal. If Rs are smart, they’ll go w/a woman.

Here are some questions to consider. 1) Are Keen and Burkhalter going to attempt to stay in their current positions? Correct me if I’m wrong but they are not up for election and thus don’t need to step aside. Events may or may not force them out. 2) If Keen and or Burkhalter stay where they are how would that impact the Speaker’s race? Do Larry O’Neil, David Ralston, Barry Loudermilk, Mike Coan, Jan Jones, Donna Sheldon, or any of the other names being kicked around have the strength of personality and strength within the caucus to deal with Keen and Burkhalter? and finally 3) If Keen and Burkhalter stay put does that solve the GOP’s image problem?

Burkhalter may not be in the House much longer. It seems he’s back in the hunt for the World Congress Center job as Jim Galloway notes.

16 comments

  1. NorthGeorgiaGirl says:

    If Keen and Burkhalter stay, the GOP’s image problem remains. They are a big part of the problem we have now.

    No matter who ends up being speaker, they need to go from leadership, and anyone else closely associated with them.

  2. drjay says:

    if there is a woman in the house with support and the temperment to do the job, let her run and let the votes fall votes fall where they may–but this shouldn’t be some kind of affirmative action deal–otherwise lets go ahead and make emerson or talton pro tem and casas majority leader while we are at aT…

  3. Hissy Fit says:

    I think Jan Jones would make a fine speaker and not just because she is a woman. She knows the budget inside and out. She is smart and very, very clean. No scandals around her at all.

  4. Three Jack says:

    jan jones would be a disaster as speaker. isn’t she one of those nimbys from n. fulton who fought every single proposed development (back when development was still happening)?

  5. foray says:

    Jan is a ballbuster and probably the smartest/most practical person in the caucus.

    Burkhalter won’t hurt her or anyone else- nothing in his past has kept him from the Speakers job- he wants to GWCC job and is going to get it- bottom line

  6. Bill Greene says:

    “Do Larry O’Neil, David Ralston, Barry Loudermilk, Mike Coan, Jan Jones, Donna Sheldon, or any of the other names being kicked around have the strength of personality and strength within the caucus to deal with Keen and Burkhalter?”

    Loudermilk has proven his ability to stand up to the likes of Keen and Burkhalter. And with zero skeletons in his closet, he can’t be bribed or blackmailed.

    http://chuckshiflett.blogspot.com/2009/12/backroom-report-monday-december-7-2009.html

    • Ken in Eastman says:

      I am confident that some of these folks can do that. Mike Coan and David Ralston immediately leap to mind and I don’t know enough about Jan Jones, Donna Sheldon and Barry Loudermilk other than what I have read here.

      I don’t believe Burkhalter will stay much longer. As for Jerry Keen, I’m not sure if he will remain or not. Both of them have been severely damaged by their proximity to Glenn Richardson and I believe their influence has been reduced substantially.

  7. AthensRepublican says:

    To deal with Keen and Burkhalter? That might have been an issue but I would be suprised if these guys stick around. They have little credibility left.

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