A He Said, He Said Situation.

Mark Winne reports, in his usual dramatic fashion, that Rep. Mark Butler has been accused of telling a West Georgia College Vice President he had “ticked off a whole political party” for firing his girlfriend at the time Erin Henderson. “This includes the Speaker of the House, Rules Chairman, and Senate” Butler is alleged to have said. Henderson’s position as lobbyist for West Georgia was eliminated. Butler says he was misled and didn’t do anything wrong.

Here’s the video from WSBTV.


  1. AthensRepublican says:

    I see Mark Butler posted weak numbers for an incumbent with a primary challenge in 2008. This story doesn’t help his chances in the next election cycle if he even decides to seek re-election. Maybe not as appealing to him with Glenn Richardson out.

  2. umustbekidding says:

    I’m just shocked! Shocked that a Rep was sleeping with a lobbyist!
    Are there beds under the gold dome instead of desk? 😉

    (We really should get rid of the men. lol)

    • LoyaltyIsMyHonor says:

      Those of you who keep insisting that we rid ourselves of male reps/senators. (And i don’t entirely disagree with you) You do realize that Donna Sheldon is not only a female, but in a leadership position. And although I’m sure she wasn’t sleeping around with anyone, she certainly knew about Richardson…and did nothing about it. So she’s as guilty as our buddy Keen.

  3. mondaymorningqb says:

    Great….of all the investigative reporters in the area that could cover this story, we got Mark Winne on the job. I guess the real lede involving EH will remain buried.

    “Miss, my name is Mark Winne and I am here for a follow-up interview on a news story involving Representative Butler and some other members of the Georgia Legislature. Do you have a few minutes…say, that is one cute looking little (REDACTED FOR LEGAL REASONS).”

  4. macho says:

    Up until this point, I really thought Butler should be left out of the whole mess, because he’s single. But, whether he’s lying or not, it really does demonstrate the conflict of interest he got himself involved in with this lobbyist.

    • macho says:

      What’s hilarious is that Butler isn’t even the Rep I thought would end up with microphones in his face.

  5. yellowhammer says:

    Whether he was single or not is not of any concern to me. If he indeed threatened to bring the power of the House leadership down on the folks at West Georgia for firing his lobbyist girlfriend, then he needs to resign, period. It’s kind of hard for him to say there is no conflict of interest if he pulled a stunt like that. This is exactly the kind of thing House members cannot tolerate if they want to remain in power. The more instances like this pop up, the easier it is for the Dem’s to show a culture of corruption in the GOP. If these allegations are true, he needs to resign yesterday.

  6. Jas says:

    Burn him at the stake!!!!

    I love the dramatic “legislator and lobbyist!!!!” booming voice at the beginning of the story.

    He’s single. Who cares if he dates someone BEFORE they became a lobbyist

    • yellowhammer says:

      Ok, say we take him at his word that he dated her prior to becoming a lobbyist. Did he or someone on his behalf coerce the University into hiring his girlfriend? That opens up a new facet of this situation that is just as bad for the party.

  7. Rick Day says:

    But will the children be OK?

    I’d be all up for a new paradigm whereby only women and gays and gay women could become legislators and lobbyists.

    They can’t do any worse than the ‘straight’ white ‘christian’ males have for the past 200 years.

    Truly this is the karma of The Trail of Tears, come home to roost.

    • macho says:

      Amazing the self-loathing liberals have for this country. If it really is such an awful place then leave. If you’re able to live in a nice house and put food on your table, then you’re success is on the backs of native americans, slaves and poor people just as much as the next guy.

      • ByteMe says:

        How exactly does anyone have “self-loathing” for a “country”?? That would imply that the person is actually a country.

        And, of course, it’s amazing how much loathing some people have for half the people in this country. 🙂

        • macho says:

          I think you touched on the very essence of the difference in conservative versus liberal philosophy: whether the people are the country or whether the country is separate entity from the people.

          • benevolus says:

            So Macho, maybe you can help me with this. John McCain ran under the slogan “Country First”. I have been unable to figure out what that means. Any idea?

          • macho says:

            Doesn’t mean you can’t refer to the country or have pride in the country. But a conservative means he has pride in the people that make it up, whereas a liberal views country more in terms of a master-servant relationship.

          • Game Fan says:

            “Country first” is “American First” without all the baggage. Probably took a focus group a few weeks to come up with the phrase. Probably designed to undercut some of the supposed “isolationist” camp that supported Ron Paul. So it’s like saying “Hey I’m running for President of the United States, and, uh, that’s the country that I’m going to really try hard to, um do things for”.

  8. IndyInjun says:

    Wow, this fool tried to use intimidation just like Richardson did with his ex.

    These idiots work for us and they try to use the power derived from our votes to behave like tin pot dictators!

  9. bartsimpsonisdaman says:

    Another one bites the dust….

    Y’all kill me. Dudes is there anyone in ATL on the Republican side that actually works. You bunch of horn dogs.

  10. Silent Outrage says:

    Seriously – the State Capitol is not somewhere where a man wants his daughter to grow up and go work.

    This is getting pretty disgusting.

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