Senate President Pro-Tem Tommie Williams tried to sneak one in yesterday:
Late Monday morning, as the Senate was about to convene, a housekeeping measure was introduced for unanimous consent. Included in the legislation was a slight modification of the Senate rules.
It would have made Senate President pro tem Tommie Williams, R-Lyons, automatic chairman of the chamber’s Committee on Administrative Affairs, which holds the Senate’s purse strings. Right now, the chamber’s fiscal affairs are controlled by Cagle.
The language would also have allowed Williams to deal directly with House Speaker David Ralston on certain matters. The formation of some committees – we’re not sure whether conference committees were included.
In essence, it was an attempt to complete the coup against Cagle that was launched in November.
Cagle’s people caught the language. Word quickly spread, and the matter was withdrawn – though discussion continued. Apparently many people were taken by surprise, including some members of the ruling Committee of Assignments – all of whom met with the lieutenant governor at 2 p.m.
Expletives were uttered by people who usually don’t.
Part of what I’m hearing about all this is that conservatives in the Senate want to make marginalize Cagle because they don’t view him as a someone that shares their principles. It’s a point well taken, but there is a lot of inconsistency there. Voters don’t care about the inside baseball that we write about here on a nearly day-to-day basis. Georgia Republicans have benefited from national discontent and a completely dysfunctional state Democratic Party and now have significant advantages in both chambers of the General Assembly. But what they are going to hear about this on the news is going to make Cagle look like the victim, while Senate leadership continues to defend a state senator, who happens chair the Senate Banking Committee, that is currently being sued for gross negligence for his role in a failed bank.
I’m not a fan of Cagle, but you guys have managed to make him look like a brilliant politician.