Senator John Bulloch Resigns

December 6, 2012 11:30 am

by Charlie · 9 comments

Jim Galloway is reporting:

State Sen. John Bulloch, R-Ochlocknee, has resigned, we’re told. We have not been told why.

Bulloch is one of the most popular members of the chamber, and was often a working partner with the shrinking Democratic caucus on issues such as immigration. But Bulloch also lives in south central Georgia, an area that offers some possibility of a pick-up for Democrats.

The timing of Bulloch’s resignation offers the possibility that a special election could be held Jan. 8, the same date as the special election to replace Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers.

Bulloch is well respected within the caucus and was largely outside the direct fire of recent internal squabbles over Senate leadership.  Home is, as Galloway notes, a good piece from Atlanta, and Bulloch recently suffered some serious health issues.  It could be a case similar to that of former Senator Greg Goggans who concluded that it is getting more difficult to justify the near full time schdule required in Atlanta while maintaining home far from there.

Best wishes to Senator Bulloch in his retirement.

Ed is Amazing December 6, 2012 at 12:05 pm

Seriously, what is going on with the GOP senators? Like they realize just one month after the election all this stuff?

Charlie December 6, 2012 at 12:11 pm

I would caution to look at this one as an outlier rather than part of the full employment program that the Governor has for our legislature.

ricstewart December 6, 2012 at 12:16 pm

Just when I was celebrating the fact that the most anti-immigrant Republican in the Senate is leaving, I’m disappointed to hear that the most immigrant-friendly Republican in the Senate is leaving.

griftdrift December 6, 2012 at 12:21 pm

Anything west of 75 is southwest Georgia. There is no south central Georgia.

ricstewart December 6, 2012 at 12:23 pm

South central Georgia is the median.

BuckheadConservative December 6, 2012 at 12:37 pm

I hold most of the legislature in very low regard, but I gotta say that John Bulloch is an exception to that. Great guy and one of the few adults in that chamber. He’ll be missed, for sure. Best of luck to he and Mariam.

Self_Made December 6, 2012 at 4:31 pm

A significant portion of the General Assembly’s braintrust on agriculture policy and the wherewithal to make it work leaves with John Bulloch.

oldman45 December 6, 2012 at 5:30 pm

John Bulloch was one of the hardest working men in the Legislature! Thank you, John, for your service…County Commissioner, State Rep, State Senator! Enjoy the grandchildren!

South GA Bulldog December 6, 2012 at 8:53 pm

Senator Bulloch is a great guy. He is a true statesman. To ” Ed is Amazing,” Senator Bulloch has been sick and in the hospital for several weeks with meningitis. This was not a decision that he made lightly. You need to really shut your mouth. I can assure you that he had hoped that he would get his strength back and be able to serve his constituents. You should be praising a man that realizes that he would not be able to do the job. The Senate and State will surely miss him. However, when someone has to name themselves something like “Ed is Amazing” that says it all. You are a joke. Thank you Senator Bulloch for your service. You will be missed.

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