Butterworth to Resign

September 2, 2011 16:43 pm

by Mike Hassinger · 10 comments

State Senator Jim Butterworth, a Republican from Cornelia and the subject of much speculation as a candidate for Georgia’s new 9th Congressional District, will resign next week.

Apparently the speculators were wrong, as Jim Galloway (who apparently does not sneak out of the office early on Friday before a holiday) “has picked up very good word” that Butterworth will accept “an appointed position with the Georgia National Guard.”

Butterworth will resign next week. So, let the speculation begin anew!

Spacey G September 2, 2011 at 4:44 pm

Yeah, ’cause I know I had nothing else better to do on a holiday weekend.

Howard Roark September 2, 2011 at 10:45 pm

Congratulations to my Senator. In May he met my son for dinner to talk about joining the Air Force. Said is was the smartest move he ever made and offered to assist my son anyway he could.

He has been a great Senator, floor leader for the Governor and now is answering the call of duty for his state and country. Godspeed Jim Butterworth.

LukeSkywalkersTauntaun September 3, 2011 at 9:03 am

The question to ask is why General Nesbit is leaving.

bowersville September 3, 2011 at 9:12 am

Thank you for serving the entire Senate District 50 with your honesty and integrity. It is a rare commodity to have a person of Jim’s caliber serve the interests of all the people and not favor one part of the district over the other.

Thank you Jim. You will be missed. Our loss is the National Guard’s gain.

David M

marymiller September 3, 2011 at 3:51 pm

I don’t believe Mr. Butterworth can serve as the State’s Adjutant General. He resigned from the Georgia Air National Guard as a Captain in the late 1990s/early 2000s. In order to be TAG, one must be a field grade officer — which is a Major— at a minimum. To think that someone could enter this arena after having been gone for a decade and be promoted from Captain to a 2-star General is ????????? What is the Governor thinking? Polical appointment? Are there not any (currently serving) qualified officers in GA that have served their country, some with multiple deployments as seasoned senior officers, that completely understand the National Guard’s new role as an operational force since 9/11? I think there are!

LukeSkywalkersTauntaun September 3, 2011 at 10:34 pm

“The Adjutants General are not required to meet military service or education requirements of active duty generals, and governors can appoint junior officers as Adjutant General.”

Source:
http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/agency/army/arng.htm

marymiller September 3, 2011 at 10:58 pm

LukeSkywalker—you are not correct. Read the Georgia Code below:

TITLE 38. MILITARY, EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT, AND VETERANS AFFAIRS
CHAPTER 2. MILITARY AFFAIRS
ARTICLE 2. MILITARY ADMINISTRATION
PART 3. ADJUTANT GENERAL AND OTHER EXECUTIVES

O.C.G.A. § 38-2-150 (2011)

§ 38-2-150. Adjutant general — Eligibility; appointment; compensation; bond

There shall be an adjutant general of the state who shall be appointed by the
Governor for a term concurrent with the term of the Governor appointing such
person and who shall serve as such at the pleasure of the Governor. The adjutant
general shall have not less than the rank of a major general, the specific rank
to be determined by the Governor. The adjutant general shall not be less than 30
nor more than 65 years of age. No person shall be eligible to hold the office of
adjutant general unless he or she holds or has held a commission of at least the
rank of field grade or the equivalent in the organized militia of the state, in
the armed forces of the United States, or in a reserve component thereof and
shall have served not less than five years in one or more of such services at
the time of his or her appointment. The adjutant general shall receive the pay
and allowances for his or her rank as provided by law for an officer of
equivalent rank in the regular armed forces of the United States. The Governor
shall require the adjutant general to give bond to the state, conditioned on the
faithful discharge of the duties of the office, in the sum of $10,000.00 with
good and sufficient security, to be approved by the Governor. Notwithstanding
any other provisions of law, the adjutant general shall not be subject to the
provisions of subsection (e) of Code Section 38-2-279, relating to pay for 18
days’ absence and emergency pay.

LukeSkywalkersTauntaun September 4, 2011 at 8:36 am

You are right about this statute. Are we sure he only went as high as captain? Often times officers go into the IRR and get promoted there.

If that is not the case, the other solution is to make him a major in the Georgia State Defense Force, then make him TAG.

See

§ 38-2-2. Definitions

As used in this chapter, the term:

(1) “Active military service of the United States” and “in the armed forces of the United States” mean full-time duty in the army, navy, marine corps, air force, or coast guard of the United States.

(2) “Active service” and “active duty” mean military duty in or with a force of the organized militia (not including the inactive National Guard) or in the Military Division, Department of Defense, either in a full-time status or in a part-time status, depending upon the conditions under which the duty is performed.

(3) “Military” and “military and naval” mean army or land, air force or air, and navy or naval.

(4) “Military” or “military or naval” means army or land, air force or air, or navy or naval.

(5) “Military service of the state,” as to military personnel, means service in or with a force of the organized militia or in the Military Division, Department of Defense.

(6) “National Guard” means the Georgia National Guard, the composition of which is set forth in Code Section 38-2-3.

(7) “Naval Militia” means the Georgia Naval Militia as may be organized hereafter.

(8) “Officer” or “commissioned officer” includes warrant officers.

(9) “On the active list” means on the rolls of a force of the organized militia, not including the inactive National Guard.

(10) “Organized militia,” “all or any part of the organized militia,” “organized militia or any part thereof,” “any force of the organized militia,” and “organized militia or any force thereof” mean, severally, the Army National Guard, the Air National Guard, the Georgia Naval Militia, when organized, and the State Defense Force, when organized, and include any unit, component, element, headquarters, staff, or cadre thereof as well as any member or members.

marymiller September 4, 2011 at 12:24 pm

If this happens, what a sleezy way to have that position. And, why would anyone want to go into a position that they are clearly not qualified for? What do you think those at the Pentagon and elsewhere will think when he shows up with, at most, a Major’s rank for the next four years? As a a matter of fact, he can’t make General Officer rank for another eight years (at the minimum) due to time and grade requirements to be federally recognized at each grade level –between Major and Brig Gen. More importantly–what about our Georgia Guardsmen who have served with great distinction, fought in our nation’s wars, prepared themselves for senior leadership and now to be shoved aside with a politcal appointment that is an embarrassement to our state. This appointment is like “one day you are selling cars for the Ford dealership, and the next day you wake up and you have been made the CEO of Ford Motor Company.”

LukeSkywalkersTauntaun September 4, 2011 at 3:21 pm

Mary, if you have any inkling as to what’s been going on at the top of the GA National Guard, this has to be an improvement……. a big one………and I don’t even know Butterworth.

This is a political appointment. Says so in the statute you quoted: “Serve concurrently with the Governor and at the pleasure of the Governor.”

I have no dog in this fight. But it’s politics, pure and simple. Always has been, always will be.

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