14 Georgia Republicans Join The Democrats In A Coup

March 31, 2011 22:14 pm

by Erick · 22 comments

Fourteen Georgia Republican state senators have stabbed their caucus in the back in the quest for more power.

Last year, after numerous screw ups, abuses, and incompetencies, Georgia Republican State Senators had enough and neutered Lt. Governor Casey Cagle. They stripped him of power other than to leave him as figurehead of the State Senate — his constitutional power.

Things have not worked out well for the State Senate in the new power arrangement, but there is wide agreement that it is better to have the present set up than to have Casey Cagle in charge.

Casey Cagle has now allied himself with the Democrats in the Georgia State Senate. Fourteen Republicans in the State Senate joined the Democrats in a coup against the present leadership.

Nine of the Republican turncoats are Jim Butterworth, Bill Hamerick, Frank Ginn, Steve Gooch, Butch Miller, Jeff Mullis, Jack Murphy, David Shafer, and Renne Untermann.

rebelyelp March 31, 2011 at 10:26 pm

No surprise here, at least for Ginn — he’s always been a big tax Democrat, voting in Democrat primaries until 2004 and advocating a higher gas tax and grocery tax. Some of the others are surprising, especially Shafer and Unterman.

Howard Roark March 31, 2011 at 11:19 pm

Every good Republican has heard of Operation Chaos.

therightdirection April 2, 2011 at 12:15 am

cagle was the reason Ginn got into the race last summer…

KD_fiscal conservative April 2, 2011 at 10:02 pm

“Operation Chaos”
Not sure if a precursor to being a “good Republican” is buying into Limbaugh’s ego boosting shenanigans…and Ginn IS pretty much a Southern Dem(theocrat+liberal in everything else+political ambitions)

SmyrnaSAHM March 31, 2011 at 10:43 pm

Good for Renee Unterman! Her treatment last year by the members of her own party (SB 304) was reprehensible.

griftdrift March 31, 2011 at 11:04 pm

And the witch burning begins

Howard Roark March 31, 2011 at 11:21 pm

It does not take a rocket scientist to surmise that leadership in the State Senate is broken. Actually 1/2 (18) GOP senators were in favor of putting present leadership aside.

We all understand the vote count game.

Bloodhound April 1, 2011 at 8:52 am

Mr. Roark, you apply too much credit to the sheeple. Though they should understand the vote count game, far too many will hear a mouth bleat the word “traitor” and flock to beck and call without closely inspecting for a canine tail.

barbhartman April 1, 2011 at 12:37 am

Shame on Casey Cagle! He was an empty suit who never campaigned on the issues, but only on how hard his poor single mother worked to raise him. He pulled the wool over everyones eyes with his preaching about pro-life but what has he accomplished? Only a bad reputation for his caught in the act shenanigans at the capitol. He has embarressed us Republicans who worked hard to get him elected, but we will work even harder to defeat him. Guess Casey is bought by the paid lobbyiest and has turned his back on the state of Georgia, and the tax paying citizens that fund the government, not to mention the American/Georgia workers who desperately need jobs and find competition with illegals who don’t have to adhere to our laws, an imposible unlevel playing field. Maybe he needs to watch Fox 5′s Randy Travis’s undercover documentary or CNBC’s American Greed to understand just what is taking place. Or maybe he is just out of touch with the citizens he represents and needs to mingle more with the average Georgian and less with big business owners and their paid lobbyiests. What a sad day for Georgia…

saltycracker April 1, 2011 at 8:28 am

Will it damage his reputation further to be associated with Jack Murphy ?

Calypso April 1, 2011 at 9:17 am

@ barbhartman

You said, “…Republicans who worked hard to get him elected, but we will work even harder to defeat him.”

Since your underwear is in quite a wad, I have a suggestion for you. You may actually want to run someone against him in the primary instead of letting him slide in with the free pass he was just handed last year.

Gary Cooper April 1, 2011 at 10:14 am

Agreed. I don’t agree with the Lt. Governor much, but the GOP did not offer up an alternative to him this past election. If you worked hard to get him elected and now want to undo that, then run someone against him next time.

Rick Day April 1, 2011 at 1:34 am

Gotta love politics!

Oh, and why don’t you call D’s who defect to R’s (by party or vote) as “turncoats” too?

Oh, right; does not fit the hyperbole.



Rick Day April 1, 2011 at 1:34 am


can we get edit back plz?

bgsmallz April 1, 2011 at 9:21 am

“Things have not worked out well for the State Senate in the new power arrangement, but there is wide agreement that it is better to have the present set up than to have Casey Cagle in charge.”…he wrote under the headline “14 Georgia Republicans Join The Democrats In A Coup”

Yes, this arrangement is MUCH better. (~sarcasm)

sunkawakan April 1, 2011 at 9:54 am

Really suprised to see Jack Murphy on the “turncoat” list. I’m sure that Chip Rogers will find suitable “punishment” for him.

Gary Cooper April 1, 2011 at 10:16 am

You don’t understand the relationship that Murphy and Cagle have. I wouldn’t classify him as a “turncoat” in this instance as much as coming to the aide of an old friend.

sunkawakan April 1, 2011 at 11:38 am

Yes, and Chip Rogers is a fellow Cherokee legislator. Perhaps Jack is jockeying to be Chip’s replacement next cycle? Will Chip REALLY run for the new 14th Congressional district? If he does, I hear that Jerguson will run for state Senate.

saltycracker April 1, 2011 at 10:18 pm

Sen Rogers came to Murphy’s defense when the FDIC sued him and folks thought he should at least step aside from his Banking Chair until the matter was resolved.

objective April 1, 2011 at 10:11 am

foolish as it is, the post really puts into question whether party precedes ideology or the other way around. party ideology has shifted all around over time, so what’s in a name?

Romegaguy April 1, 2011 at 7:17 pm

Anybody wanna bet that Rogers and Williams had meetings with Democrats in case they needed Democrats’ votes to strip the powers from Cagle.

Ken in Eastman April 1, 2011 at 7:21 pm

Sorry, but they never needed them. Cagle fouled his own nest within the GOP.

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