Brett Harrell, Republican candidate for House District 106, wants you to know something really, really important. Brett wants you to know what a fun time he had last night. Brett wants you to know he hung out with some elected officials and important businessmen at a swanky Lake Lanier lodge. Brett wants you to know that, between courses, Important Issues were also discussed for you little people.
Harrell (Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook) was, last night, having an “[e]njoyable evening with GA Chamber, business community, Lt Gov Cagle, Sen Shafer, and others at Virgil William’s Lake Lanier lodge.” And who is Virgil Williams? This guy.
An hour later we got an update from Harrell between after dinner drinks: “Great evening with the Georgia Chamber, business people, Sen. Shafer, Lt. Gov. Cagle and others focused on improving the lives of all Georgians.”
How wonderful that members of the General Assembly and Casey Cagle, who was no doubt standing tall and erect at this event, are able to get Republican candidates for office on the gravy train early.
And, why precisely did Harrell need to attend? Oh, yeah, to focus on “improving the lives of all Georgians.” Evidently he isn’t already aware of how that can be done and was just blowing smoke in this interview because he has to be spoon fed positions on issues. And, of course, if a filet mignon happens to appear in front of you during the conversation as you enjoy a nicely made beverage, what’s the harm!
With a public attitude decidedly against “business as usual” and with ethics reform proposals being thrown around the Gold Dome almost hourly, what lesson have these people learned? None. And this is the kind of behavior Republican members of the Georgia House can continue to expect to be tolerated under the leadership of Larry “judge-not and I-won’t-be-judged kind of guy, as long as the work gets done” O’Neal and Jerry “don’t look at lobbyist reports” Keen.
Unless real leaders make their case this week, that is, for why they should be given leadership positions within the caucus.