We have an internal dispute on this one here at Peach Pundit.
I’ve been calling for this for a long time.
Gov. Sonny Perdue will announce plans today for a major restructuring of state government that would make four constitutional offices appointed, rather than elected, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has learned.
Perdue’s plan, which would require approval of voters in November, would allow future governors to appoint the state’s insurance, labor and agriculture commissioners, as well as the state school superintendent.
I think this is a good idea. At the end of the day, the Governor is largely held responsible for each of these issues, but they are outside his areas of power. Giving him the power to appoint these people in a cabinet form of government will give the Governor, already held politically accountable in these areas, the power to actually substantively affect the areas.
That said, this is a fair point — why now? Why wait till the end of his administration to propose a major upheaval? I guess it could be said he did not want it viewed as a power grab, but still, fair question.