I’ll help with your first question of “who?” Tommy Smith is from the 168th District and was sworn into office in 1979. He also is a blueberry farmer and has no problem sponsoring legislation that will benefit him…like to create the Georgia Blueberry Commission. Precisely the type of leadership we don’t need at this critical juncture.
Jim Galloway suggests that “some might look lightly on Smith’s candidacy[.]” He’s right, and I’m one of them. Next?
[UPDATE] In the comments, the question is posed, “If so what’s the problem with promoting a commodity [i.e., blueberries] grown in Georgia? Since he is a grower himself it seems logical he would sponsor the bill.” The problem is that it is indicative of the “me” culture in the Gold Dome. If we are really going to get down to brass tacks, let’s look at all the legislation sponsored by Smith in 2009. Of the 13 bills and resolutions, 7 were House Resolutions to commend someone or something. Only 6 actually had any substance to them. Smith would rather crow about helping out his own industry than taking a serious look, as a legislator, at what can be done to help all industries statewide and not just his own. This is the kind of small minded, self-promoting and (to use a Cagle-ism) intellectually flaccid legislator we don’t need in a leadership role. He has traveled to Atlanta for 29 years and never, until now, decided he wanted to give a rats beehind about important issues.
The message to Smith is clear: leadership is not found in legislation to commend Alfredo’s Italian Restaurant for “providing culinary delights in a family-friendly setting in the Atlanta area since 1974.” This is a serious time for the majority caucus and we need legislators in leadership roles who have a vision, a goal, of a better Georgia with abundant liberty and freedom. Small minded backbenchers need to be thankful that their constituents don’t see their lack of drive and are better served to support true leaders advance Georgia.