Thank Chip For T-SPLOST – And Sean Jurgenson Too

These signs are popping up over Cherokee County this weekend.I doubt they’ll have much of an effect.  The TEA Party, in their infinite wisdom, has decided to back Chip Rogers over Brandon Beach mainly because Beach is with the North Fulton Chamber and is pro-TSPLOST.

Rogers, on the other hand, was for it before he was against it.  Or perhaps it was just a character he was playing with the name of Senate Majority Leader.  After all, it was the Senate who came up with the regional concept for T-SPLOST.  You know, the part that the TEA Party is now saying makes the vote unconstitutional.  The House wanted a statewide referendum.

Rogers voted for the bill.  It was a way for he and his colleagues to get through the 2010 election without the justified criticism that Republicans had done nothing about transportation for the past 8 years, since killing the Northern Arc. The can was kicked down the road until now.  And now, after helping create this monster, he’s against it.

Rogers says he gave the people a choice.  That gift is that they can either increase the amount of sales taxes they pay by 16%, or they can get the amount of dollars for transportation projects from the state reduced so their traffic can get even worse.  Great choice there Chip.

Rogers now needs to be against T-SPLOST to get himself and his colleagues through the 2012 election.  And so he is.  His problem with the T-SPLOST is that the project list is bad.  He now promises a better one.  If only he had been able to have input on this project list….Oh wait, he did.  He was an ex-officio member of the committee that produced this list.  He just didn’t bother to attend a single meeting.  That’s real leadership right there.  (Sean Jurgenson, from Cherokee, also was on the committee, also voted for T-SPLOST, and is also running against it now.  He deserves the same amount of ridicule for trying to have this both ways.)

But alas, the TEA Party is hearing what they want to right now.   So they are backing Chip, and he’ll likely be re-elected on Tuesday.

We better figure out what will be needed to get him through the 2014 election now, because that’s where you need to place your bets on how he will handle this issue next.  I guarantee this pick with 80% accuracy, or your money back.


  1. Romegaguy says:

    The tea party is irrelevant. They will change their beliefs and who they support frequently so they can claim they have won this primary

  2. Dave Bearse says:

    It’s simply a demonstration of a professional politician (Chip says so himself in writing) leading the state into the ground from from behind.

  3. saltycracker says:

    If Chip carries the day do not credit Cherokee’s dysfunctional tea parties. I suspect these two guys would say they turned ag’n it over the projects.
    This game is about winners and loosers. If what you wrote about Deal pushing a $billion to 75/575 projects in Cherokee, the Senate majority leader owes him big time. His constituents might recognize his ability to deliver but the public educational crowd is making a mighty effort to win for their team.

    You listed the correct cures to the issue but we will ignore them hoping our side wins – whatever that is.

  4. sunkawakan says:

    Don’t be so certain that Rogers will win this one. It was a dead heat before the latest Atlanta Unfiltered report on his level of involvement with the sports gambling industry.

    • saltycracker says:

      The negative news in the gambling story was not the point spread but the long running business relationship when the going got tough.

    • Dave Bearse says:

      Atlanta Unfiltered? Isn’t that the website of a liberal reporter of the type that ethical north metro conservative leadership like Joe Wilkinson says is inherently anti-conservative and can’t be trusted?

  5. The Last Democrat in Georgia says:

    Ouch! Charlie, why don’t you just go ahead and tell ’em how you really feel?

    During the course of ripping Rogers (and Jurgenson) a new one for their “Profiles in Legislative Courage” moments on the transportation issue, I think that detected just a hint of anger in the tone of your posting.

    I can’t blame you though as, at this point, I can’t imagine why Rogers and company thought that it would be a good idea to penalize regions who vote down the T-SPLOST by taking away their roadbuilding funds.

    So now instead of just having a very substantial lack of viable transit problem, the Metro Atlanta region is also going to have a major lack-of-roadbuilding funds problem.

    • The Last Democrat in Georgia says:

      …See what I mean about the Legislature’s seeming knack for taking what is already a really bad situation and making it much worse.

      Thanks again, Chip!

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