Rumors: Chip Rogers Preparing To Leave Senate

December 4, 2012 10:45 am

by Charlie · 23 comments

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.

Mrs. Adam Kornstein December 4, 2012 at 11:29 am

As a proud, if lilly liver liberal.. I swear if GPB hires him, they’ll never get one dime of a donation from me ever again. I can’t imagine the rest of my crew wishing to pay his salary either.

Surely some am station would love his brand of wit and sports wisdom.

Maybe PR Director at Chick-fil-A?

Three Jack December 4, 2012 at 11:35 am

This rumor has been floating around Cherokee for a while. Supposedly the only thing left to do is for the governor to decide what position Chip will takeover in state government.

Three Jack December 4, 2012 at 11:39 am

If/when Chip resigns/retires, it will be interesting to see who steps up to run. Sean Jerguson would be the likely 1st call which would then require another election for his seat. Others who might consider running include Charlice Byrd, Brandon Beach who just lost to Chip and a few of the longer serving commissioners.

tdk790 December 4, 2012 at 4:43 pm

I would have to guess Beach is the heavy favorite. Byrd was one of the very, very few GOP incumbents to lose. Jerguson squeaked into the General Assembly by something like 20 votes, he would be smart not to risk it.

Three Jack December 4, 2012 at 5:53 pm

Sean won his most recent primary by 16% over a viable, hard working opponent. He will be the first in and perceived frontrunner, bet on it.

tdk790 December 5, 2012 at 10:32 am

If you’re talking about Jerguson’s 2010 primary challenge, I don’t think a candidate that spent 9k is a viable challenger.

And Galloway posted that Beach is announcing today, making him the first in.

Daddy Got A Gun December 5, 2012 at 10:47 am

The SOS site says Sean Jerguson beat Scott Turner 58% v. 42% in this year’s primary.

Sean is the Legislator that we all wish for. He’ll talk to anyone, give them his cell number, and he actually answers your call and discusses issues frankly. Even if he disagrees, he’ll listen you and consider your views.

As for running for Senate, I don’t see an advantage since Senators have to run every 2 years as well and have less control of how the Senate runs vs. in the house where Speaker Ralston is answerable (in theory) to the members who vote for him.

Three Jack December 5, 2012 at 11:34 am

Thanks DGAG, tdk has been educated.

While I have had my disagreements with some of Sean’s more recent votes and excessive use of lobby handouts, you are correct about his availability to constituents. If he decides to run, he will have a huge advantage over anybody else including Beach who cannot win enough votes in Cherokee County to be considered a serious contender against Sean.

tdk790 December 5, 2012 at 12:13 pm

The 2012 primary opponent raised even less than the 2010 opponent.

I have no problem with Jergusen or loyalty to Beach, I just think you’re overstating things (like the viability of challengers that raise under 10k).

Like DGAG, I don’t see any reason for Jergusen to give up his seat for an open battle with someone that certainly has a better shot than most (if he’s not the favorite, as you insist).

Three Jack December 5, 2012 at 1:20 pm

tdk, There are plenty of elections where an underfunded candidate beats those with endless funds. Look no further than Sean’s adjoining district where 22 yr old Michael Caldwell with about $16k beat a well funded four time incumbent, Charlice Byrd. Money is not the sole factor when analyzing election results.

I haven’t spoken with Sean, but everybody I have spoken with expects him to run. If Beach is the only viable opponent, it won’t even be a contest.

CCFRG December 4, 2012 at 12:04 pm

Beach would be a fool not to run, he just got 13,000+ votes running against the Majority Leader and would probably have considerable support from elected officials in local office in Cherokee and North Fulton.

Rambler14 December 4, 2012 at 12:57 pm
Three Jack December 4, 2012 at 1:09 pm

Thank you to Senator Rogers for his time in public office.

Toxic Avenger December 4, 2012 at 9:12 pm

Yes, it provided much fodder for us Democrats.

Baker December 4, 2012 at 1:49 pm

Bring on the speculation. From Majority leader running strong campaign against good challenger to stepping down weeks later? Bizarre. Between Glenn Richardson and this fellow, we’ve had some odd ducks up there man.

Romegaguy December 4, 2012 at 11:14 pm

“Strong campaign against good challenger”? 25-12 isnt a strong campaign.

xdog December 4, 2012 at 1:50 pm

Somebody in the know give the rest of us the dirt: Why is Rogers leaving? What’s so urgent now about ‘time with his family’ that wasn’t urgent pre-election?

I can’t believe he’s mortified over the Agenda 21 farce or that his ego would let him be concerned about any ethical slaps, so what gives?

Napoleon December 4, 2012 at 2:02 pm

WSB is reporting he’s headed to GPB in Jan. per their interview with him.

The Last Democrat in Georgia December 4, 2012 at 2:09 pm

Chip Rogers leaving the Georgia Senate…Say it ain’t so! Especially since Senator Rogers has been since an increasingly dependable and steady source of entertainment and comedic relief in the Georgia Legislature over the past few years.

Anyone But Chip December 4, 2012 at 2:21 pm

Whoa! Anybody know how to change your username? Looks like my prayers have been answered.

Bob Loblaw December 4, 2012 at 3:49 pm

LOL! +1000. Good day for you, sir. Go have a big dinner and bill it to your favorite client!

Lawton Sack (GATA Eagles!) December 4, 2012 at 2:31 pm

1. Click on “Howdy, Anyone But Chip” in the upper right hand corner.
2. Type in your new nickname next to Nickname (required) AND
3. Select it from the dropdown menu next to Display name publicly as
4. Click on Update Profile at the bottom.

It will NOT change your posting name for previous posts, but it will be there for future postings.

Anyone But Chip December 4, 2012 at 2:38 pm

Thanks!

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