Qualifying week is always a hectic one. For consultants, we want to know up to the minute data so we have the edge on our competition. For candidates, they hold their breath hoping for no contest, or if they get it that the competition will be easy but a means by which to fundraise. Georgia has redistricted itself in such a way that entire seats are determined in the primary. Two party elections are not prevalent here, and third party candidates are even rarer.
However, there are those interesting twists in qualifying when someone unexpectedly doesn’t go up for their seat again or announces they are considering some other office. Senator Jesse Stone is one such example. Last week, Peach Pundit was considering the truth behind the rumors Austin Rhodes had indicated of whether or not Stone had been appointed to a judgeship. I contacted the good Senator and he told me that he had released a press statement to the contrary earlier. I posted on Thursday the statement he forwarded me. Late Friday night, Senator Stone posted a 180 degree update to the rumors regarding his consideration of his appointment as judge, and I posted in accord.
However, I was left asking myself, why would Stone not be shouting to the rooftops his good fortune? In my humble opinion, he would make a great judge. He is not hot headed or rash, and while he is a team player, he thinks independently of leadership. He and I got to know one another a few years ago via a leadership class where I was personally encouraged by his willingness to ask challenging questions of certain accepted pillars of thought at the time. He has a quiet nature about him that some may mistake for being too soft. I would offer that he is wise enough to wait to strike at the right time.
I got my answer to that internal question a little after 11pm on Friday evening and if the prediction is true, it’s a helluva good reason for the Senator to keep his mouth shut.
It has been predicted that in the coming days Senator Stone will offer a committee substitute to HB 875, the carry bill that was said to pass without doubt this session. It has been predicted that this substitute will essentially water it down enough to render its edges smooth. And, for the heat Stone shall take, his reward will be that shortly following session he will be appointed judge by Governor Deal. It is very likely that the GOP executive committee will select his replacement, not primary voters. I know very little about party rules, so I shall leave that up to others to verify its accuracy. The decks are being reshuffled by leadership, and the bill will be reloaded in an altered form.
This is a rumor and may entirely not come to pass. It would not be the first time I have been duped in regards to this Senator, so we shall watch this unfold together.
“A closed mouth catches no flies.”-Miguel de Cervantes