Jim Galloway reports that Casey Cagle may soon become Mark Taylor:
We understand that ranking Republican members of the Senate – including President pro tem Tommie Williams of Lyons, Majority Leader Chip Rogers of Woodstock, and Cecil Staton of Macon – have served notice on Cagle that they will attempt to curb his single-handed power to control that chamber’s affairs.
In other words, they want to render him a figurehead a la Mark Taylor.
Details about motivation for the move are still lacking. The issue will be raised among senators at a Friday caucus meeting that will introduce newly elected senators to their colleagues. Cagle will not be permitted to attend.
But in one-on-one conversations, look for Cagle to argue that stripping him of his powers would reduce the Senate to a third wheel in the legislative process that begins in January.
I’ve been hearing the same rumblings for a month or so now. I believe others have alluded to it here at Peach Pundit.
There are a couple of problems I see with this. Cagle was proactive in assisting incoming freshman Senators, so they may not be quick to jump in and vote to strip him of power. Another point is if you’re going to take on the King, you had better kill him. If you go after Cagle and fail, you risk dividing your caucus (even more than it already may be split) and you may be viewed as being as much a part of the problem as the Lt. Governor.
[UPDATE] We’ve been notified by a State Senator that Cagle will be in attendance tomorrow and is always invited to caucus meetings.