With the departure of Glenn Richardson, after he gobbles up several more thousand tax dollars to sit on his rear and do nothing through the end of the month, and now with Mark Burkhalter saying he
is interested isn’t interested is interested in the GWCC Executive Director position, it seems that Majority Leader Jerry Keen is left with the potential to endure this crisis with little damage. But should he be so fortunate or must he show true leadership and allow a complete “clean sweep” with regard to Georgia House leadership?
A quick review of lobbyist contribution reports from the State Ethics Commission show he has certainly been the recipient of many “gifts” over the last five years he has been Majority Leader. And acceptance of these “gifts” is not in violation of current ethics rules. But the fact that the total sum of contributions is on par with Richardson and Burkhalter is indicative of the “culture” that he allowed to develop while he was a member of the leadership.
Buzz asks here if “Keen and Burkhalter stay put does that solve the GOP’s image problem?” No, it does not. The “command and control economy” method of leadership which has been exercised these last few years is one that is not fixed by simply changing one or two wheels in the proverbial machine. Indeed, the entire machine must be replaced. Assuming Burkhalter does get the 400K dollar gig with the GWCC, that will leave Keen as the last reminder of a failed period of leadership. For the good of the caucus, Keen needs to announce within the week that he, too, will resign as Majority Leader. If he wants to place his name into consideration for the position, again, that would be acceptable, but with so many changes developing daily, the caucus needs to be able to have the option and opportunity to make a total and complete break with recent dysfunction.