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?