Representative Austin Scott, also a candidate for Governor, tendered his resignation today as Chairman of the House Governmental Affairs Committee.
Scott explained that the role of a committee chairman extends beyond the end of the General Assembly session, and with his focus on running for Governor, he saw the timing was right – with a new speaker naming new committee chairmen for other posts – to make the move.
New Speaker David Ralston told the house caucus in a closed door meeting that committee assignment and leadership changes would be done by this week, probably Wednesday or Thursday. It appears that some changes were made today, though not all changes have been publicly announced as of yet.
Stephen Allison, “all around good guy”, has been named a Deputy Whip. Tom Crawford is also reporting that the Hawks have “voluntarily given up their positions”, as Ralston has pledged to eliminate the Hawk system upon being elected as Speaker.
We should have an update and/or official announcement on the remaining changes sometime tomorrow. If current rumors are to be believed, there is one Chairman I will be sad to see go, and one I will be shocked that has been allowed to remain.