They don’t do that anymore, but they get awfully close sometimes. Jim Galloway was cc’d on a letter from Secretary of State Brian Kemp to State Sen. Josh McKoon of Columbus. Seems Sen. McKoon did not give Secretary Kemp the requisite amount of deference at a subcommittee hearing McKoon was chairing. Kemp’s note to McKoon begins: “I want to take a moment and express my displeasure with the pathetic charade you presided over yesterday as Chairman of the Regulated Industries and Utilities subcommittee…” and goes downhill from there.
Sen. McKoon sent back four paragraphs, and saved this zinger for the end: “…if Secretary Kemp spent more time doing his job and less time writing insulting letters filled with erroneous information, perhaps Georgia’s business community would not be fleeing his office’s regulatory jurisdiction.”
If exchanges like that don’t create the need for 20 paces at dawn, none ever will.