Representative Mark Butler seems to never let an opportunity pass him by. As a legislator, he seized the opportunity to get a $18 Million dollar building at West Georgia College & State University whom his girlfriend just happened to be lobbying for. And when she was fired from West Georgia, Butler didn’t miss the opportunity to threaten the school with retaliation from the entire leadership of the General Assembly.
With Michael Thurmond apparently moving to challenge R.J. Hadley for the right to lose to Johnny Isakson, Butler now sees an opportunity to run for Labor Commissioner. And Butler apparently sees no problem in running against fellow Rep Melvin Everson, who has actually been working for this nomination for over a year.
I’m sure Butler will seize whatever opportunity to try to get the countless elected officials and grassroots activists who have endorsed Melvin Everson to change their mind.
I just hope that before any of them do, they’ll think long and hard about what the opportunity to have someone who openly admits to dating lobbyists will have on a November election, given how many opportunities the media will then have to bring back stories of former house speakers, select committee chairman, and possibly others, and their close relationships with lobbyists.
Sometimes I think these clowns just don’t get it. Other days, I’m sure of it.