Jim Galloway is reporting that the long expected judicial appointment of Senator Bill Hamrick is a done deal. The method of his replacement has been the reason for delay. Galloway further reports that the Governor will call for a special election, and that former House Speaker Glenn Richardson will seek the seat.
Hamrick has already handed to the governor a letter of resignation, effective Sept. 10. The date, within 60 days of the next election, will allow Deal to call for a special primary election for Nov. 6, the same day as the general election. A general election for the District 30 Senate seat would be held on the day currently scheduled for the December runoff.
We’re told that one Republican certain to make a bid for Hamrick’s empty seat is Richardson, the former House speaker, who resigned in 2010 following a suicide attempt, and the revelation by his wife that he’d had an affair with a Capitol lobbyist.
Two issues here. The special election route puts possibly two House seats currently held be Republicans into play for Democrats. The bigger issue is that it puts Speaker Richardson, once the poster child for bad behavior under the gold dome, into the spotlight as the legislature is set to take up “meaningful” ethics reform.
I continue to believe this is ill advised for him, for the Republican party, and the Georgia General Assembly.