On Monday at 2:00 pm the GOP Caucus of the Georgia Senate will meet, most likely at the Commerce Club, according to the extremely well-sourced Jim Galloway. They’ll be electing various folks to various positions, and the contests are being conducted now. The most visible challenge is Sen. Butch Miller’s desire to replace Sen. David Shafer as president pro tem. As Galloway discerned: “…over the weekend, Miller apparently decided to up his game, and will challenge the No. 2 leader of the Senate, incumbent President pro tem David Shafer of Duluth. Renee Unterman of Buford is already challenging Shafer for his job.”
Nothing like ambition to make things interesting, in the Chinese curse sense of the word.
The rumors are flowing and plentiful, and what little truth may be currently in them is likely to change between now and Monday. Votes are being lined up, promises are being made, minds are being changed and backs are being stabbed. Current speculation is that Sen. Jeff Mullis will nominate and support Sen. David Shafer as president pro tem, and is urging Miller to re-consider his earlier desire to seek the position of majority leader. A nascent alliance between Unterman and Miller could possibly create a plum committee chairmanship for Unterman. Lindsey Tippens is said to have tested the water, but his current intentions are unknown.
Sen. Bill Cowsert is likely going to challenge Sen. Judson Hill for majority leader. Sen. Josh McKoon had shelved his desire to play in this game of musical chairs, but nobody knows what’s completely off the table as this now seems to be changing hourly. The one Senator that many of the other Senators would like to run for something, Charlie Bethel, won’t. Or will he? At the state of entropy these races appear to be in, why rule a drafted candidate out at this point?
The race for Majority Whip appears to be between Steve Gooch and John Albers. Other offices that will need to be filled include Caucus Chairman, Vice Chairman, and Secretary.
We’ll know for certain after the meeting is concluded on Monday who ended up where, and that will tell us a lot about how this body will get along with each other, the Lt. Governor (the Republican who received the highest number of votes statewide last Tuesday) and the GA House (who avoided this unpleasantness by nominating exactly one person for each office on Monday). Thus the headline “Could” reach crescendo. It could, or it could just be a preview of more squabbling in January. We’ve seen that before. It wasn’t pretty. Dear Senators: Take a cue from Ed Lindsey. It’s not time to bicker, it’s time to lead.
In the meantime, feel free to leave your speculation, facts, rumors, gossip and desired outcomes in the comments -that’s what they’re for.