“Downtown liberals in the media” and a “palace revolt” took out Burkhalter.

The Beacon has some interesting notions about what exactly caused the departure of Mark Burkhalter from the Speaker’s race.

Rumors are swirling around the Internet blaming “ethical” problems Burkhalter may have faced as House Speaker as contributing to his decision to withdraw. None have been confirmed or substantiated.

“He can’t spin this fast enough to cover his butt on this one,” said one GOP insider close to the situation. “The downtown liberals in the media smell blood in the water, and they are on a feeding frenzy.”

Several Republican caucus members told The Beacon that that were shocked at Burkhalter’s decision, and refused to speculate. But one high ranking GOP official said that a group of rural House members were leading a “palace revolt” of sorts to “stop the grip of power that North Fulton has on House leadership” and “clean things up.” Another high ranking legislator said that Richardson, upset of his own downfall, may have implicated Burkhalter in some way.

There may indeed be a feeding frenzy but it’s not the “liberal media” that caused it. Some of these guys need to look in the mirror. Also as far as I know, only one person in leadership from North Fulton decided step aside, and he decided that on his own.

Obviously we’re in a situation of great tumult in the House GOP Caucus. It’s every man (and women) for himself and how this will all shake out will be very interesting to watch. There may be some old scores settled in the process. The idealist in me hopes the most qualified people rise to the top but at this point I’d settle for good, honest people with strong leadership skills.

Is that too much to ask?


  1. Goldwater Conservative says:

    I agree, the Beacon is a rag with an agenda. What kind of “journalist” contributes to political campaigns? Not a real journalist is the answer.

    Come on, Buzz. All that really matters in selecting a Speaker is who has the potential to raise the most “free speech” for the party and its members.

    The next speaker should come from the northern suburbs of atlanta though. Face it, politically, rural georgia is not voting for non-republicans anytime in the next couple decades. The middle to upper-middle, college educated transplants from around the country that live in the northern suburbs are the crowd that may eventually figure out that the GOP sold them out.

    • Mad Dog says:


      Yeah, any self respecting journalist would not donate money. Just his or her time as Communications Director. Like Harris Blackwood of the Times and the Done Deal campaign for governor …

  2. B Balz says:

    Rag or not, this is interesting:

    From the Beacon:


    Regardless of who now becomes the 62nd Georgia House of Representatives Speaker on January 10, after Burkhalter’s short-term stint at the helm, the chances of passing the Constitutional Amendment to re-create Milton County are dimmed, if not doused.

    As Speaker, Burkhalter was almost guaranteed to get the two-thirds majority he needed to gain passage. Now it’s all but dead. The enthusiasm from rural GOP House members has waned, and no one has the relationships that Burkhalter commanded with Democrats.

    “Burkhalter’s resignation is a huge blow to the chances of passing the Milton County in this session,” said Geisinger.

    Willard concurred. “I certainly believe this turn of events puts a damper on Milton County and makes it an uphill battle now.”

    Stick a fork in Milton County for 2010. It’s dead.


    On to Campbell County now, I guess.

  3. Doug Deal says:

    Q: Is it too much to ask?
    A: Yes

    A quote often attributed to Einstein, athough it likely did not come from him is “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.” Trusting politicans seems to fit that statement perfectly.

    • Goldwater Conservative says:

      Lets not let the authority disorder bias take us all by storm.

      You can always trust a politician to be dishonest.

  4. Ron2008 says:

    Well if the economy continues to tank I feel like some southern counties will have no choice but to consolidate. Will this then leave the door open for Milton County?

  5. macho says:

    “But one high ranking GOP official said that a group of rural House members were leading a “palace revolt” of sorts to “stop the grip of power that North Fulton has on House leadership” and “clean things up.”

    Doesn’t this quote directly contradict the notion the Jan Jones will be second in command?

  6. SpaceyG says:

    I live in Atlanta’s “booming westside.” I was “in the media” today. (CBS46 at 4pm. You probably missed it.) I Tweeted a coupla items about the Gold Dome (“our state brothel”) today. I clicked over to Blog for Democracy for about a minute, and left a comment on Peach Pundit at some point in the day.

    So yeah, I am well-informed and hyper-connected. But does this make me a “liberal?” Hardly. I just know I’m nowhere near the “right-leaning” Scoot Henry over at that hotbed of conservatism, Creative Loafing.

  7. Mad Dog says:

    Missed your appearance in the liberal mainstream media. What a shame.

    I heard the next Speaker is going to have the Gold Dome rezoned to a Nevada zip code.

    Gold Dome Ranch

    Has a nice ring to it.

  8. AubieTurtle says:

    What downtown media? Has the AJC not moved to Dunwoody yet? None of the tv stations are downtown. Or is this one of those cases where anything inside of 285 is considered downtown?

    CNN is downtown but as far as I know, they’re not covering this puddle of muck.

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