Burkhalter may be next to join governor’s race

Gold Dome Live talked to House Speaker Pro-Tem Mark Burkhalter (R-Johns Creek) after Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle pulled out of the governor’s race and the House leader said he’s taking a fresh look at the race.

Burkhalter is friends with Cobb County Commission Chairman Sam Olens, and it’s doubtful both would run for governor.

But Burkhalter has been a strong voice for the pro-business tax-cutting wing of the GOP. He has led the fight for years to eliminate the “birthday tax,” the property tax Georgians pay annually on their cars. Many tax breaks in recent years have had his name on it.

He also has the benefit of being very familiar with several of the Democrats in the race for governor. Burkhalter has served in the House with Attorney General Thurbert Baker, ex-Gov. Roy Barnes and House Minority Leader DuBose Porter (D-Dublin).

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Jack

April 15th, 2009
7:54 pm

I think Mark is effective and bright but he may not hold up to scrutiny well in light of his strong ties to former Rep. Robin Williams and Ex-Fulton Chief Mitch Skandalakas. Both were convicted of federal crimes. Other than that, a great guy and love his car tax idea.

David

April 15th, 2009
7:56 pm

All I care about is transportation – is he part of the problem or the solution?

[...] even during the session. I think he’s giving it serious consideration,” Keen said. Burkhalter, as my AJC colleague James Salzer pointed out, is a close friend of Cobb County Commission Chairman Sam Olens, who may also enter the [...]

Brandon

April 19th, 2009
8:10 pm

Burkhalter has been a crook since he was one of Tom Murphy’s lackies in Georgia’s dark ages. Burkhalter consistently cut deals with the crooked Democrat leaders of the state to line his own pockets which is why he went from being broke to a millionare seversl times over.

Sick of traffic in Roswell, thank the politician who has made millions buying property and then getting his democrat friends to rezone it so he can build more strip malls.

From my understanding, not even Burkhalter’s wife would vote for him. Then again, I hope he runs so he can lose and we can get a real republixan in a House leadership position.

Sick of Republicans becoming the big govt., big spending, do nothing party–it’s because of crooks like Mark Burkhalter.

Eileen

April 19th, 2009
10:08 pm

I think Georgia would be lucky to have Mark Burkahalter as Gov. Not only is he an intelligent and well respected member of congress, he has Georgia’s best interest at the core of his politics, and devotes his life to serving his state. I would be honored to call him my Gov. He is the man we need under the Golden Dome.

Daedalus

April 20th, 2009
10:36 am

Um. Burkhalter is not a member of Congress. He’s in the Georgia General Assembly and part of the House leadership — which is just as dysfunctional as Congress, but in its own special way.

He’s a no-show on transportation — like most metro area Republicans he has to toe the party line — “we want roads, we want them now, and we don’t want to pay for them” … get out the change because those highways you drive on today, we will be toll roads tomorrow. Oh, yeah, and to heck with public transportation. That’s just socialism.

I also think he should run. Not because he’d win, because no metro Atlantan will win the rural vote — but because he’d have to leave his house seat and we might, just maybe, get someone demi-enlightened to take his place. But since he’s from Alpharetta, then again, we probably won’t.

Enjoy your car!

atl boy

April 21st, 2009
9:18 am

I am for lower taxes, but when we start lowering to the point where the governemnt can not operate efficently, it will not matter who is govenor.

Sandy

April 21st, 2009
3:47 pm

Mark the spark is another loser and do nothing and bum rep to run for Guv.He would do nothing but what the speaker said. Why doesn’t somebody of real substance run or has Sonny and the legislature made it so bad in the state nobody can do anything.

Mike

April 22nd, 2009
11:53 pm

Do any of you know what you are talking about? I doubt anybody reads these, but I feel i must write in case somebody actually does.

I am down at the Capitol nearly everyday, and i must say – Burkhalter is 1 of the brightest guys down there. He is one of the very few who “gets it”. I have no idea where these people got the impression that he is one of the Speakers cronies, or that he was a lackie when the Democrats were in control? He is (however) unapologetic for the fact many of his friends are Democrats – but i happen to think bi-partisanship is a good thing.
Burkhalter is an independent thinker and a “big picture” type guy with a vision – something that is sorely needed at the Gold Dome.