So much for December being filled with slow news days. We’re hearing from multiple sources – State Capitol, D.C., Cherokee County, and others – that Senator Chip Rogers is looking at other opportunities and will be announcing his retirement from the Georgia Senate soon, perhaps as early as this week.
There is an open spot at Georgia Public Broadcasting that would fit with Rogers professional background. Speculation seems to indicate this is Rogers’ likely path, though the various folks passing along this info are much less certain about this.
Rogers recently withdrew his name for consideration for another term as Georgia’s Senate Majority Leader. Committee Assignments & Chairmanships will be decided within the next few weeks, so now would be an appropriate time to signal such a move is forthcoming.
A special election can be held in 30 days from the Governor’s call, depending on how soon Deal wants the seat filled and whether there’s an appetite to have a short campaign occur over the Hanukkah/Christmas/New Year’s holidays. Georgia code paints the window as follows:
21-2-544(4) If such vacancy shall occur following the election of a member of the General Assembly but prior to such member taking office, such vacancy shall be filled in accordance with Code Section 21-2-504, but such election shall be called within ten days of such vacancy and shall be held not fewer than 30 nor more than 60 days following the date of such call;
Messages have been left with Rogers and his Chief of Staff. We’ll update with either confirmation or denials as we get them.