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.
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.