Unterman To Rules?

December 20, 2012 12:22 pm

by Mike Hassinger · 47 comments

Walter Jones has the details on the possibility:

Senate Health Committee Chairwoman Renee Unterman, R-Buford, is lobbying for her chance. In a two-page letter to the leadership obtained by Morris News Service she lists her loyalty, competency and social skills. She also notes that Republicans could benefit by putting more women in leadership roles.”

Bonus: A quote from consultant Mark Rountree, who posts here infrequently. Go read the whole thing.

debbie0040 December 20, 2012 at 1:13 pm

She would be an excellent choice and would help restore confidence in the process. The perception of many activists is that the State Senate is a good ole boys network. Appointing Sen. Untermann to such a prestigious position would go a long way in disspelling that perception. The GOP needs more women in leadership or they will end up completely losing the vote of women.. This is a win win situation.

Bridget December 20, 2012 at 1:48 pm

Mama like.

ryanhawk December 20, 2012 at 3:47 pm

Doing away with even hints of corruption would be a great thing for the State Senate. On which committees does Renee currently serve? How does she earn a living?

Mike Hassinger December 20, 2012 at 4:48 pm

You know, those links are there for a reason.

ryanhawk December 20, 2012 at 6:31 pm

Thanks for the reminder. I see the story says she is on the Senate Health Committee. Now if I could just find one of those handy links to whoever it is that signs her paycheck I think I could connect a dot or two.

Mike Hassinger December 20, 2012 at 8:03 pm

Well, since you asked, here’s her bio:
http://www.senate.ga.gov/senators/Documents/PrintBios/BioUntermanRenee53.pdf

Former Mayor of Loganville, former Gwinnett Co. Commissioner, etc. etc. Makes great legislative experience, though I can’t tell you “whoever it is that signs her paycheck.” Sorry.

ryanhawk December 21, 2012 at 10:08 am

Nope, don’t see it there. Oh wait, there it is on page 5 of the personal financial disclosure!

She really ought to put her job at AmeriGroup on her bio so no one thinks she is trying to hide a conflict of interest.

Bridget December 21, 2012 at 11:12 am

Please walk me around. How is working for Amerigroup more of a conflict of interest for the Rules Committee that any other corporate job?

ryanhawk December 21, 2012 at 1:27 pm

I’m just uncertain as to how my “confidence in the process” is going to be restored by appointing someone to chair rules who has chaired another committee that directly affected her employer’s profitability. How much does she get paid and what does she actually do? You don’t see a problem there? It’s just any old corporate job?

debbie0040 December 21, 2012 at 2:47 pm

@ryanhawk, why don’t you research Sen. Mullis the way you clearly have Renee and see what you dig up or do you not want to do that?

debbie0040 December 21, 2012 at 2:49 pm

In particular, pay attention to the way Sen. Mullis guided the TIA legislation through his committee and notice the way he was a very strong backer of T-SPLOST. Sen. Mullis, aka as the “Trainman” also likes choo-choos…

The Last Democrat in Georgia December 21, 2012 at 8:03 pm

I know that Senator Mullis isn’t necessarily one of your favorites, but absent Mullis’ role in mismanaging our state’s transportation assets (HOT Lanes), there’s nothing wrong with trains, Ms. Dooley.

…That is, there’s nothing wrong with trains as long as they are financed and operated effectively and effectively, and choosily implemented after very careful consideration.

Bob Loblaw December 23, 2012 at 10:05 am

And God forbid we actually move towards a more rapid means of transportation than sitting in a car from your beloved suburb for two hours as one makes their way to the airport.

ryanhawk December 21, 2012 at 3:25 pm

I’ve done my part and I’m going to leave it right there. For now. And just so you know I’m not doing this to help Jeff Mullis. I’m just a lowly member of the Clean Team and thought we needed a cleanup on Aisle 45.

debbie0040 December 21, 2012 at 11:38 pm

“That is, there’s nothing wrong with trains as long as they are financed and operated effectively and effectively, and choosily implemented after very careful consideration.”

totally agree..

The Last Democrat in Georgia December 21, 2012 at 11:57 pm

Sorry, Ms. Dooley, I meant to say “there’s nothing wrong with trains as long as they are financed and operated effectively and EFFICIENTLY”.

But everyone gets the point of what I am saying.

Howard Roark December 20, 2012 at 4:49 pm

Unterman would be excellent on rules.

debbie0040 December 21, 2012 at 5:26 pm

Tea party activists in Sen. Mullis district have disdain for the Senator. Could have something to do with the fact Sen. Mullis has repeatedly told them and other tea party activists that he does not like the tea party and does not need the tea party. Needless to say Sen. Mullis is not looked at in a positive light by activists. I notified some activists of his possible appointment as Rules Chair and they got pretty fired up.

Charlie December 22, 2012 at 10:49 am

I thought the Tea Party was about local control? Doesn’t Senator Mullis keep getting reelected locally? From an area that contains one of the highest Tea Party concentrations of voters?

Bridget December 22, 2012 at 8:01 pm

Charlie – I LOVE to see a PP debate between Team Mullis and Team Unterman.

Do you think a Mullis Rules Committee would be unbiased towards tax increases?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5thmX3YmbzE

Bridget December 22, 2012 at 8:04 pm

Enjoy the look at 1:15min. “Hey you.”

Bob Loblaw December 23, 2012 at 10:07 am

Answer: Yes. Mullis ran as a Member of the Republican Party. Not a “TEA” Party. He doesn’t need that cup of tea anymore than he needs whatever the Democrats drink up there.

debbie0040 December 26, 2012 at 10:33 am

We do believe in local control and tea party activists in Sen. Mullis district are recruiting candidates to oppose him in 2014 and he is their primary target. I attend a tea party meeting almost once a month in Sen. Mullis district and they have been complaining for several years about him. They got very upset with Steve Tarvin when he chose not to primary Sen. Mullis.

Rules Chairman effects the entire state, not just one district so activists from other districts do have a right to get upset with it and speak out against it. I spoke to two ladies that are well known conservative activists in South Georgia and they are very upset as well.

Nathan December 26, 2012 at 1:00 pm

“…they have been complaining for several years about him.”

And no one primaried him this past July, so it sounds like there isn’t enough opposition to him or enough will to challenge him. Even still, Mullis won overwhelmingly with almost 70% of the vote totals against his primary opponents in 2010 (a strong TEA Party year, if I recall correctly). If opposition is so resounding within the TEA Party, then he should have had a challenger during the Republican primary. Steve is a good guy, but I think his heart is set on being in Congress more than the state legislature (I haven’t talked to him recently, but that just seems to be the vibe I’ve gotten from him the past couple of election cycles…he didn’t run like he wanted to win the race against Jay Neal during the primary). In addition to that, he had personal reasons for not running against Mullis from what I understand. It’s his prerogative to run or not run.

Debbie, if you feel so strongly against Mullis, you should move to Walker County and challenge him. You have to live in the district 1 year prior to the general election. You have plenty of time. It’s beautiful country around here.

Romegaguy December 26, 2012 at 7:37 pm

Those two ladies that are well known conservative activists in S. GA are upset their gravy train aka Tommie is no longer part of the leadership of the Senate. That’s a good thing for the rest of the state

debbie0040 December 28, 2012 at 9:05 am

@Romeguy, you might be surprised all around in regard to that..

Bob Loblaw December 28, 2012 at 5:57 pm

I’m sure those two women in South Georgia are going to swing a huge stick in LaFayette.

Romegaguy December 28, 2012 at 7:46 pm

How would I be surprised Debbie?

Is Tommie still part of Senate leadership? No

Did those two ladies get jobs “lobbying” for clients because of Tommie? Yes

Will they lose those “lobbying” clients because Tommie is no longer part of Leadership? Only if their clients are smart

Is the state better for Tommie no longer being a part of Leadership? Absolutely

debbie0040 December 29, 2012 at 11:34 am

@Romegaguy, those two ladies and others stayed completely out of the whole recent Senate leadership battle unlike a few years ago when they proactively made it clear leadership changes would be strongly opposed.. They did not like what they saw the past year with the lack of leadership within the Senate and other things like the way the Balfour mess was handled, Senate trust, etc.. If the Lt. Governor’s people keep attacking like you are, that could all change.

You also need to get your facts straight. Those two ladies don’t have clients. They are not paid to lobby. I know this is foreign to you, but they do it because they want to make a difference-not for money.

John Vestal December 29, 2012 at 3:23 pm

These are the same two “conservative” ladies who were hellbent (pun intended) on keeping Sunday sales illegal statewide in Georgia, no?

Bob Loblaw December 29, 2012 at 3:26 pm

ROFL

Will, the Winner! December 23, 2012 at 4:54 pm

Bridget, I remember when you started getting involved in politics. In the sceme of things you have not been around that long. I have no problem with you defending her, actually I like it. But ask around, what I am saying is absolute fact. There are very good reasons why she gets away with stuff that I will not put in print. Just ask around. Start by asking where Dr Unterman is these days and why they are no longer married.

The Last Democrat in Georgia December 23, 2012 at 6:04 pm

It doesn’t matter if any of that stuff is true or not, because even if Senator Unterman is certifiably insane, unfortunately, 1) by comparison, that type of behavior is considered perfectly sane in (and pretty much fits right into) the insane asylum that is Georgia politics and 2) even with those problems, Unterman would still be a VAST improvement over the current Senate rules chair, Donnie “Been-doing-this-for-20-years-and-I still-keep-getting- elected” Balfour, who was basically caught red-handed stealing taxpayer money, amongst other hijinks.

Bridget December 23, 2012 at 6:24 pm

I openly admit I’m the newbie.

I’m also a woman, and gossip is like a blue Tiffany box via the internet. I beg of you to get me a coffee date with someone who will spill the beans. I will relay all that I discern to be true and worth passing along. You can use the consistency of my posts as my agreement that I only cite people from articles on the internet, never conversations.

Heck, someone get me an intro to Unterman. If she’s anything like you describe, either a) someone will be appointed “wartime consigliere” and the meeting will never be spoken of or b) my Peach Pundits posts will be entertaining. I love writing about cray. Either way – winning.

A lot of people don’t put things in print because it’s slander. Whisper campaigns against strong women are BS. Give me something with teeth or STHU.

To anyone – where is Dr. Unterman these days? My guess is swapping sob stories with one of my exes…

The Last Democrat in Georgia December 23, 2012 at 7:10 pm

Eh…Who really cares? Equal opportunity…Women deserve to have just as much opportunity as their wacked-out male counterparts to be insane and incompetent in leadership positions.

Buzz Brockway December 26, 2012 at 11:24 pm

“Will, The Winner,”

I haven’t been following this thread very closely, heck it’s Christmas time, but I removed one of your comments and want to warn you to watch your step.

Oh and I’m pretty sure the person whose email address you’re using to post with wouldn’t appreciate it. Perhaps I’ll speak with him about it next time I see him.

Bridget December 23, 2012 at 7:06 pm

I’m intrigued, Will.
http://patriotboy.blogspot.com/2004/12/we-warned-you.html

I’ll look into it. Just know that I’ve heard plenty of guh-ross stories about Mullis also. Gag.

Bridget December 26, 2012 at 10:45 pm

Red Herring, Will. I found plenty on her divorce – sounds like it was pretty nasty. Most are.

So then I come across someone else’s arrest records for dirty and illegal campaigning. Hey man, I’ve got some extra time on my hands over the holidays and loves me some Nancy Drew. What else should I catch up on?

mpierce December 27, 2012 at 4:11 am

I wouldn’t call it a Red Herring. It may have been a nasty divorce, but her response was hardly a denial.

Renee Unterman said in a written statement she is ‘being treated for depression that was partially brought on by my husband’s requesting a divorce.’

I don’t know whether she’s the right person for the position or not, but it seems to me to be a valid concern worth exploring before making a decision.

Bob Loblaw December 23, 2012 at 9:06 pm

I don’t know about doubletalk accusations, but for all these women on here acting like she’s the torch-bearer, wasn’t she carrying the water on the abortion bill that denied rape and incest victims relief? I seem to remember her leading the charge. Rape? No personal choice. Incest? No personal choice. Baby going to die anyway? No personal choice.

Yeah, gals. You’re making progress.

Hearing Debbie be “pro-woman” all of a sudden is great. Especially when you know its rooted in T-SPLOST backlash.

Romegaguy December 24, 2012 at 8:24 pm

Let me point out the obvious… Debbie’s public support isnt something you want if you are trying to have something approved by the Lt Governor and Senate leadership.

The Last Democrat in Georgia December 24, 2012 at 9:23 pm

Have you been watching what has been going on in the Georgia Senate over the past couple of legislative sessions? Instead of THE Senate leadership, it has been more like WHAT Senate leadership?

Romegaguy December 24, 2012 at 9:48 pm

I have but Chip lost and then got hired by GPB. Casey is back in power

The Last Democrat in Georgia December 25, 2012 at 3:00 am

“…but Chip lost and then got hired by GPB. Casey is back in power.”

…Thank Heavens.

saltycracker December 26, 2012 at 3:59 pm

The above blog is like flying over cuckoo’s nests and debating on the cleanest one.

debbie0040 December 29, 2012 at 11:38 am

From Valdosta Tea Party:

We believe that legislators cannot win a battle with their constituents.

The attitude of the current transportation committee chairmen in the legislature concerning the people’s overwhelming rejection of the terrible Transportation Investment Act of 2010 (TIA) seems to be one of revenge, according to this news report. Such an attitude will not long be tolerated by voters.

It is rumored that Sen. Jeff Mullis is being considered for chairman or Rules Committee over Senator Unterman. We think this would be a big mistake. Right now, voters are getting pretty testy with elected leaders who disregard the consent of the governed. We recall how Sen. Mullis arrogantly rejected any criticism of the misguided TIA law, when its major flaws were presented to him by citizens. Now it appears, he is set to retain the punishing penalties written into the bad law. Such a jackboot attitude by a public servant is most reviled by voters. Rewarding Sen. Mullis with the powerful Rules Chairman title will reflect poorly on the Governor and Lt. Governor, and the Republican Party in general. Appointing Sen. Unterman, who is more in line with the wants of mainstream Georgians – NOT special interests – would be the best decision to make.

“Remember that insight of Etienne de la Boetie: all government rests on public consent, and as soon as the public withdraws that consent, any regime is doomed.”

Diane Cox, for the Valdosta Tea Party group

Bob Loblaw December 29, 2012 at 3:27 pm

Jackboot? Really?

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