UPDATE II: Richardson’s ex-wife: Speaker’s suicide attempt aimed at controlling her

The former wife of House Speaker Glenn Richardson told an Atlanta television station on Monday that her ex-husband’s attempted suicide was less about taking his own life than it was gaining control over her.

“I don’t think it was because he was depressed. I think it was power and control that motivated him to do this,” Susan Richardson told the station, according to a video of the interview posted on the station’s Web site.

Susan Richardson’s revelations prompted the leader of the House Democrats on Tuesday to say it’s time for the public to know the truth.

Update 12:18 p.m. The leader of the majority Republican caucus meanwhile, declined to comment about Susan Richardson’s statements. House Majority Leader Jerry Keen (R-St. Simons Island) said he has not had a chance to talk to the speaker or “look at everything that has been said.”

But when asked if Richardson should resign as speaker, Keen said, “What I think would be fair is to let me get back over there and sit down with our leadership team and talk with the Speaker.”

Glenn Richardson, the Republican leader of the House, attempted to kill himself on Nov. 8 at his Paulding County home. He admitted the attempt on his own life in a statement to the media nearly a week later. Paulding County sheriff’s reports show that Richardson was found in his bathroom with a revolver and was semi-conscious and did not respond to verbal commands. In a 911 call, Glenn Richardson’s mother said her son told her he had purposely taken some pills and that it was “too late” to help him.

In the interview, Susan Richardson said she is convinced her husband had an affair with an Atlanta Gas Light lobbyist, an affair that prompted an ethics complaint filed by legislative Democrats. The complaint alleged Richardson had an “inappropriate” and “personal” relationship with a lobbyist for the utility while pushing a bill authorizing the utility to build a controversial natural gas pipeline.

According to e-mails Fox 5 quoted between Glenn Richardson and the lobbyist, the speaker calmed her fears of being fired over the allegations by saying he would “bring all hell down on them if they do.”

Susan Richardson also claims that when she recently took a weekend trip with a new boyfriend and left her children with Glenn Richardson, their father, the House speaker sent her dozens of text and e-mail messages threatening to beat her up, to accuse her of abandoning her children and to use the Georgia state patrol and Georgia Bureau of Investigation to locate her.

Fox 5 said it attempted to reach Glenn Richardson, Atlanta Gas Light and their former lobbyist to respond. None would. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution tried to reach a spokesman for Glenn Richardson late Monday, but he could not be reached for comment.

At the time, Richardson denied any conflict, but refused to address the alleged relationship with the lobbyist. Republicans supported Richardson in public; in private, some suggested his aspirations for higher office had been compromised. Richardson has not since talked publicly about running for higher office.

The ethics complaint prompted an ominous speech by Richardson during a breakfast gathering of the state’s business leaders.

“The last few weeks, I have been fed a little poison, and I’ve taken it,” Richardson said. “But the bad news — for those that manufactured, dispensed and stirred unreasonably the poison — is that I survived. I’m looking for the folks that manufactured that poison.”

Susan and Glenn Richardson were married for 17 years. The couple divorced in February of 2008.

On Nov. 13, Glenn Richardson released a statement to the media saying he had tried to commit suicide because he struggled with depression following his “separation and divorce.”

But Susan Richardson said Monday that she doesn’t “really believe it was really an attempt to take his life. I think it was for attention and he got it.”

Her ex-husband, she said, wanted to get back together.

“It’s not about our marriage ending. He’s lost control of me. He doesn’t like that,” Susan Richardson said.

She said that while he was in the hospital recuperating from his attempted suicide, he called her and said, ‘Now, are you going to take me back?’ I said, ‘No, I’m not going to take you back. I’m furious with you, the pain you’ve caused everyone who loves you.’”

Glenn Richardson, in his statement to the media, said he has regularly seen a physician for his depression and takes prescription medication to battle the illness. Susan Richardson told Fox 5 her ex-husband often threatened to commit suicide. “He did this before, when he got caught by me for having an affair with someone,” she told the television station.

Dale Russell, the Fox 5 reporter who conducted the interview, said he asked Susan Richardson if she was referring to the alleged relationship with the lobbyist.

“It’s not an alleged inappropriate relationship,” she responded. “It was a full out affair and I knew about it.”

Richardson said her husband admitted his infidelity and that she obtained emails that detailed the affair.

Since Richardson admitted his attempted suicide, state Republicans have overwhelmingly flocked to his side, offering support. But the bombshell revelations from his ex-wife could change that, one well-connected Republican activist and consultant said late Monday.

“I don’t know how he survives this one,” the Republican said.

Update 11:22 a.m.: Meanwhile, the leader of the House Democrats said Tuesday that Susan Richardson’s revelations prove what they believed to be true.

“It is past time for people to know the truth,” said House Minority Leader DuBose Porter (D-Dublin), who is running for his party’s nomination for governor in 2010. “What she said is what everyone around the Capitol knew to be true. It’s an indication of the arrogance of this leadership and the corruption that is out of control and in exchange for favors. ”

Porter said he still hopes Richardson gets help, but said his caucus leadership will likely meet later this week to discuss the situation.

Richardson has not said so explicitly, but he has indicated that he has no plans to resign as speaker. If he does not, state law does allow for a method of removing him from the position.

Section 28-1-6.1 of the Georgia code of laws is titled “Method for determining permanent disability of Speaker of the House of Representatives.” It says:

“Upon a petition of 20 members of the majority caucus of the House of Representatives being filed with the Clerk of the House that the Speaker of the House is unable to perform the duties of that office because of physical or mental disability, the Clerk shall make a copy of the petition for the records of his office and shall transmit, within three days, the original to the chairman of the majority caucus along with his certificate as to the date and time on which the petition was filed with him. The chairman shall call a meeting of the caucus to be held within five days from the date he receives the petition and certificate from the Clerk. Such meeting shall be for the purpose of holding a hearing on the petition and the caucus shall adopt rules for the conduct of the hearing. After the hearing the members of the caucus shall vote and if a majority of the membership of the caucus votes that there is a disability and that such disability is permanent the office shall be declared vacant and the Speaker Pro Tempore shall become Speaker and serve until a Speaker is elected.”

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195 comments Add your comment

Dick Johnson

November 30th, 2009
11:07 pm

Aaron Gould Sheinin is a terrifiied media toady for Richardson, just like Erick Erickson and the rest of Georgia’s dinosaur media. He will never bring us the real truth. Praise God for Susan Richardson. There is a lot more to come about Glenn Richardson. This is a dangerous and disturbed man whose psychotic behavior was ignored by Sheinin and his media overlords for many, many years. Soon you will learn about the criminal and bizarre behavior this man has demonstrated. Then you will ask yourself “where was the media”?” The answer will be simple: “Up the Republicans butts.”

Inga

November 30th, 2009
11:11 pm

Are these the family values that I, as a gay person, should aspire to? Reprobates like this can be legally married, have affairs, and get ‘unmarried’, but it is against the law for me and my committed partner of over 13 years to get married b/c we are the same gender. I’m sorry for the children of this ‘marriage’, but I swear that gay people are not the biggest threat to America’s families – straight people are.

Relentless

November 30th, 2009
11:19 pm

Looks like these power hungry, sexually perverted, crooked politicians will never learn. And, it looks like we wont either, because we keep on re-electing them rather than electing non career replacements. Of course, we will hear all of the other slime balls in the statehouse call for his head, but you can make a safe bet that these hypocrites are doing the same thing.

S

November 30th, 2009
11:20 pm

Good for you MRS. Richardson. Thanks for coming forward with the truth. In articles about the Richardson divorce last year and how the terms of the divorce were kept secret was the first clue that Richardson had an affair, just who does he think he was fooling. One only needed to read between the lines to know the truth. What a sorry excuse for a Republican Representative of our state, or maybe I should say, typical. Resign you loser.

JD in Marietta

November 30th, 2009
11:23 pm

Inga, this article has nothing to do with political parties. It discusses his ex-wives point of view regarding his “attempted” suicide attempt. To get on your gay soapbox is so far off target that I find it embarrassing that you are on here. Glenn Richardson plain and simple is an egotistical wanker, whether he be black or white, Dem or Repub. The guy is a narcasist who is simply bummed out that he’s not the next Gov of GA. I am a Repub but I cant stand the guy;he’s a world class turd. It personally doesn’t bother me if you live with your girlfriend but in my opinion marriage is between a man and a woman, not Joanie and Pinkie Tuscadaro. My wife, a bleeding heart liberal, feels the same way. Have a good night.

George

November 30th, 2009
11:25 pm

Richardson needs to step down as speaker. GEORGIA doesn’t need another woman chaser in the Capital, there is enough there already.

Aaron Gould Sheinin

November 30th, 2009
11:25 pm

OK, everyone. I’m going to bed now. Please, let’s keep it civil and clean in here tonight. Thanks, Aaron.

Dick Johnson

November 30th, 2009
11:27 pm

Don’t worry Aaron. You’ve kept it “clean” for your buddy Glenn Richardson all these years. The least we can do is return the favor.

Bushie Boy

November 30th, 2009
11:30 pm

Another “family values” Republican. By the way, utility industry lobbyists screwing legislators isn’t a new thing in Ga. and Ga Power isn’t the only industry company with a lobbyist doing it.

JD in Marietta

November 30th, 2009
11:32 pm

No worries, Richardson is toast and no longer effective as Speaker of the house. The position is largely ceremonial and as I mentioned earlier the guy is an egomaniac. He will be chasing ambulances in South Paulding Co before you know it. Hopefully the state of GA will be rid of this POS in 2010;he’s toxic.

FALCON JOSH

November 30th, 2009
11:39 pm

If she can provide the text messages he should be removed from office! To threaten her by using the Georgia state patrol and Georgia Bureau of Investigation to locate her should be investigated. Also the allegation of causing her bodily harm is very serious stuff.

Inga

November 30th, 2009
11:39 pm

Hey JD, the fact that you cannot recognize that this is completely about political parties says it all. Republicans are the party of meanness, hatred and fear, and Richardson personifies this. Prior to 2008, the past two elections cycles were won by republicans who espoused a ‘family values’ agenda by slamming gay people every chance they had. Richardson rode that wave, so yes, I have a right to be here and to be vocal. Don’t be embarrassed for me, be embarrassed by the actions of your party.

James

November 30th, 2009
11:42 pm

Thanks for writing as unbiased a story as you could, Aaron. Most who say differently do not want information, they either want their opinions to be affirmed or they’re just ready to fight.

Arthur Blank

November 30th, 2009
11:44 pm

Keep it civil and clean? Why? Sounds like off handed censorship to me. Yeah that’s right, lets only talk about Richardson’s good points. That’s easy enough, there aren’t any.

csquared

November 30th, 2009
11:46 pm

This is GEORGIA, JD, I wouldn’t bet on the Legislature (or the voters) to grow a SPINE anytime soon. Ineffective lawmakers seem to be the norm. Maybe he can join his buddy and GO FISHing!

Aaron Gould Sheinin

November 30th, 2009
11:46 pm

Arthur, that’s not at all what I mean, and I think you know it.

Aaron Gould Sheinin

November 30th, 2009
11:47 pm

Thanks, James. Appreciate it.

FALCON JOSH

November 30th, 2009
11:47 pm

Mr. Blank we need a new kicker!!!

Aaron Gould Sheinin

November 30th, 2009
11:47 pm

Dick, I let this go before. But “all these years”? I’ve been at the AJC two years this week. And as for buddy, well, considering he’s never once agreed to a one-on-one interview with me, I think that’s a stretch.

Aaron Gould Sheinin

November 30th, 2009
11:48 pm

Ha, Falcon Josh. Nice, but wrong blog and, most likely, wrong Arthur Blank!

EqualityForAll

December 1st, 2009
12:18 am

Wow! Watch the dinosaurs circle around this dead one and screech that he is okay. And they shall wonder why the Rs are dying, except in their precious Deep South. Out with him, you idiots. You behave this way and then tell gays they can’t be married?! Please explain this to me and my children. What a bunch of bigots. And I bet most of the Rs will want to protect this complete idiot. Yes, your marriage is special and holy, isn’t it? Recall how he got his divorce in like a day or two? Another sham. So now tell me why he should be speaker of the house.

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December 1st, 2009
12:19 am

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bigdawg88

December 1st, 2009
12:26 am

This guy must have a lot of nekkid pictures! How the heck does he stay in office? Even the republicans are going to have to realize this guy is a sociopath (or is that psychopath?) and needs to be gone. Let him go back to chasing ambulances as JD says.
Sort of scary how many of these guys exist in politics. Guess all we can do is pray, and vote!

PoliticiansRAllAlike

December 1st, 2009
12:45 am

The same over-wound, testosterone-overdosed men who get all woo-woo about running for office are the same ones whose egos just have to have more, more, more — and it’s never enough for them. It’s a mental illness, and they need prescriptions and therapy, not constituencies.

This TOTALLY confirms everything I’ve always believed about our state legislature and all those nasty lobbyists down there. No morals, no ethics, just deals – done by a capitol building full of scum and slime. All those Bubbas deserve ONE TERM, and no more, not ever.

I wouldn’t give a drink of water to a thirsty lobbyist if one begged at my door. They’re disgusting, and if we were all good Americans, we’d run them out of our state capitols and DC with pitchforks.

Freddy Sykes

December 1st, 2009
1:27 am

Susan sounds about as ignorant (about suicide) and deluded (as to her own importance) as her [ex]husband is scummy. Since he didn’t develop into a jerk mrely at the tail-end (forgive the pun) of her so-called marriage, why didn’t she divorce him earlier? She probably relishd all the perquistes & prestige being Mrs. RICHardson conferred. And, she should adduce all those “dozens” of threatening emails as her bona fides.

Icon

December 1st, 2009
1:43 am

The schadenfreude is strong with this one. So strong and so very sweet. I hope all you Christians pray for your little pal Glenn. Asking his wife to come up to hold the Bible for him is particularly cruel. Such hypocrisy.

Did I miss the stories about Richardson being in AGL’s pocket during the period when he was trying to get their 300 million dollar pipeline built? A little tail and Glenn was ready to do what his corporate overlords wished? Please publish the name of the AGL lobbyist and her immediate supervisors. There’s a bigger story there.

Susan's Move

December 1st, 2009
1:48 am

Susan’s pretty hot—with all the cash she got from her hubby in the divorce, she’s prime quality and will be attracting quite a few “suitors.”

Dale

December 1st, 2009
1:54 am

But marriage is sacred!!!!! How could he?

From his Wikipedia page:

Richardson was a major supporter of legislation in 2004 to pass a Constitutional Amendment to prohibit gay marriage.

Hypocrisy….

Some Other Mike

December 1st, 2009
1:55 am

So much for the ‘live boy’ theory. ^_^

Who Cares

December 1st, 2009
2:48 am

Inga, you’re wrong. This couple was married for 17 yrs. When you get there let me know. Gays have divorces, play around, etc…

Ted Striker

December 1st, 2009
2:51 am

It’s a shame Susan Richardson appears to place a greater premium on airing dirty laundry than she does about the effect it might have on her own children.

Never had an opinion about her till now but that interview displays a woman with an unfortunate and unflattering lack of personal dignity and refinement. It’s highly unattractive.

Joan Moon

December 1st, 2009
5:15 am

I smelled this rat a long time ago. Nothing but a drama king.

Harald

December 1st, 2009
5:36 am

Gay marriage aside (which I do support) this is a prime example of BOTH parties of politicians using their power, money, and prestige to feed their own ego and act like spoiled children. For those partisans out there who are trying to paint this as only a Republican issue…good luck. The next time a Democrat (John Edwards anyone?) does the same thing your childish argument will be exposed.

Eleanor

December 1st, 2009
5:38 am

Thank you Susan for being honest and open about all that your ex tried to hide. He wanted his side kept confidential so it wouldn’t make him look bad – it wasn’t because he was concerned about his family. He is nothing more than a dictator who is slowly losing his dictating powers. The whole way the divorce situation was handled is proof he isn’t what he claims to be. But rest assured his ego and his view of his self importance will continue to be his trademark.

stan

December 1st, 2009
5:43 am

As a man I’m sorry to admit this but woman are much sharper than men. Guys don’t lose your cool because it is a fact, it is something we should accept instead of fight. She outted him as not a man but a little spoiled baby

Who you kiddin

December 1st, 2009
5:45 am

Hats off to the lady. This group of bums from Paulding-Cobb should all be in jail. They’ve buried a couple and put a few more in jail . . . but there are others, many others. How about Brock, or Clay, or the Cobb EMC or the Cobb Dept of Education. This all goes back to Campbell and his bunch of theives – Leibovitz to name just one. Or Barnes and his little gay groupie Matt Towerey who have fixed the Atlanta city election with their little Karim. Thank God at least one person has morality and honesty.

Sowega

December 1st, 2009
5:57 am

I sure as hell don’t want our state house run by someone who’s personal life is a friggin’ soap opera. All these super-moral religious conservatives seem to truly NEED their morality made law, because they obviously can’t follow it without the fear of punishment. That doesn’t even stop them. Just leave, you embarrassment, just leave.

POISON

December 1st, 2009
6:01 am

Poisons are substances that causes disturbances

POISON

December 1st, 2009
6:05 am

This guy is poison and the voters and General Assembly need to get rid of the disturbing control freak.

GM

December 1st, 2009
6:11 am

Glenn Richardson was a lunatic before he was elected speaker. He did have an affair with a lobbyist, whose interests he was supporting in the General Assembly, yet the Republicans did nothing. These are the same Republicans that made up and passed a tailor made tax cut to benefit the governor. These folks are out-and-out crooks, and come January, Glenn Richardson will still be speaker. Why? Because he’s a lunatic crook, drunk on his power, who will not resign. And, his flock of neutered party sheep will re-elect him. Pathetic. I became a Republican because Georgia Democrats were a bad lot. Turns out the Republicans are worse.

rebelyell

December 1st, 2009
6:21 am

What’s sad about this sorry episode is the reality to come. If he were to be removed from office or decide to retire, who’s next in line, and what baggage are they dragging in? We can all sit here and moan and whine, but until we stop expecting our leaders to be perfect, it will continue. There are probably bunches of people, including ones on this site, who are completely qualified and able to do a fine job of steering a city, county, state, or even national governing body. But, they will not step into the spotlight, because they have lived as normal imperfect people, with business failures, broken relationships, medical or emotional shortcomings, non-PC thoughts and beliefs and do not need the grief that comes from trying to be the idolized leader that campaigns and media seem to require.

For Susan

December 1st, 2009
6:26 am

My family met Susan when she was caring for my wife and our new baby. She’s a nurse at a local hospital and a class act. To those persons panning her as a publicity hound, your assumption overlooks the fact she has been absolutely discrete for more than a year about the divorce, his gross infidelity. Only this suicide attempt, which Glenn spun in a such way as to cast blame on Susan, did she speak. After all she has been through–including her silence for so long–it is not fair to cast her as a vicious person. I think she is just trying to get this guy out of her life. Who can blame her for that?

Richard M. (I'm not a crook) Nixon

December 1st, 2009
6:27 am

Drag in some new baggage and tell this guy to hid the road.

Jackie

December 1st, 2009
6:53 am

Just another supposed “Christian” with Christian values running around ‘chasing skirts’ all day long even though he is a married man. Typical of our politicians and I trust very few of them anymore. To me most politicians, including this guy, are nothing but liars, cheaters and self centered, self serving hypocrites who we should NOT trust. And if Richardson did threaten his now ex wife there should be consequences and he needs to be removed from his position as Speaker. When will Americans say ‘enough is enough’ regarding the corrupt and sneaky underhanded ways of our politicians??? No wonder America is going to Hell in a hand basket; look at who we have leading our country on a local, state and federal level- a bunch of crooks and liars.

tc

December 1st, 2009
6:55 am

if these ga repubs have one once of decency they will vanquish him and many of the repub leadership….they are arrogant and self serving, not really for the people of ga…..

Ocee

December 1st, 2009
7:03 am

Glenn needs to go. We need a compitient person as speaker of the house. He just looks like a scum bag.

Ocee

December 1st, 2009
7:03 am

Glenn needs to go. We need a compitient person as speaker of the house. He just looks like a scum bag.

catlady

December 1st, 2009
7:08 am

Ms. Richardson’s statements confirm my thinking. If he had really meant to commit suicide, he would be dead. It was an attention-seeking behavior and he knew folks would rally around his illness because to not do so makes them look mean to the mentally ill. He is a narcissist, pure and simple. It is all about him.

Folks, look at his voting record and see how hard-hearted he has been to the mentally ill, the poor, etc, and then judge his actions. He sure seems to think it is different since HE is the one suffering.

Time for him to get his life straightened out. Priorities, Mr. Speaker! Show you have some that include your children. Bow out and return to the real work-a-day world, if you can.

sally

December 1st, 2009
7:10 am

Hurrah for Mrs. Richardson. If she were looking for attention she would have talked long ago.

I’m mostly a Republican voter but I swear they are been beyond incompetent since they took over as majority party at the Georgia capital. From the Governor all the way down the line. Hopefully everyone of them will be tossed out by the voters and may we never hear from them again.

rj

December 1st, 2009
7:14 am

The story here is the support of the Atlanta Gas Light Bill he co sponsored AND the spineless representatives that will fall in line and support this idiot for Speaker. They should be asked now and appropriate opposition should line up.

Liberal Democrat

December 1st, 2009
7:17 am

Typical of a hypocritical, conservative Republican. Having an affair is breaking a commandment. I think THAT is an abomination!!! Get over your holier-than-thou GOP or you will never been taken seriously again.

Chris Murphy, Atlanta, GA

December 1st, 2009
7:28 am

I agree with rebelyell. The election process leaves those with the sharpest elbows, not the sharpest minds- and certainly not the most ‘moral.’ And I also agree with that other poster, that the GA Democrats looked bad until you hold them up next to the GA Republicans. But please, don’t take that as an endorsement of the Democrats- witness the nonsense they injected into the Atlanta mayor’s race. We the voters (and non-voters) are ultimately at fault.

Road Scholar

December 1st, 2009
7:39 am

For those above who chastized Mrs Richardson for “airing” the details of his affair and its effects on the children, who is really at fault? The Speaker should have considered this BEFORE he had the affair. Where is your indignation concerning that? She is merely pointing out his instability with proof. I just hope she told the children and answered their questions before she revealed any details.

SouthernDawg

December 1st, 2009
7:47 am

Talk about hating. Look at all the self proclaimed liberal and/or gays in this thread with their fangs flashing. Now that is truly hypocritical. Quit drinking the kookaid and get a clue. Richardson is just one man. Will the first perfect person/politician please stand up. His failure as a man is his own, not that of the conservative movement.

TruAmerican

December 1st, 2009
7:49 am

Democrats – Republicans what is the difference…really. Until voters wake up and understand that they all have one main objective which is re-election and holding power we are all doomed to higher taxes and bloated government which represents money and power not constituents. It is clear to me that the answer is independent candidates that truly represent the people.

Grant Parker

December 1st, 2009
8:02 am

“Media overlords?” Gee, what a cabal those lefty news executives represent.

Churchill's MOM

December 1st, 2009
8:02 am

I am a life long Republican and I can tell you Glen Richardson does NOT represent my husband or my values. The Republicans in South Carolina are impeaching their Governor for doing less than Richardson. As a native Georgian I hate to see South Carolina get ahead of Georgia.

Bronco

December 1st, 2009
8:03 am

blacksheep

December 1st, 2009
8:03 am

I wish everyone would quit calling this a “suicide” attempt. I mean, the guy called his mother and left his doors unlocked so emergency personnel could easily get to him. Don’t know if it was attention or sympathy or whatever he was seeking but it clearly wasn’t to die. Pretty candyass if you ask me.

Green green

December 1st, 2009
8:07 am

NB House ethics committee hasn’t met in, what, three years? Aaron, you got good connexions, ask Wilkerson or what’s his name about it.

Bone

December 1st, 2009
8:08 am

The boy got caught and now everyone wants to hide the truth. Richardson, Woods…it doesn’t matter. People need to be accountable for their actions and admit to their mistakes.

Richardson, take it like a man and own up to this. Stop hiding behind the House Speaker stand and your kids. Stop blaming everyone except yourself!!!!

dagnabit

December 1st, 2009
8:08 am

Christian values run amok. Thy name is Glenn.

RJ

December 1st, 2009
8:08 am

The suicide attempt was totally staged to gain sympathy from friends, family and the media. That is totally sick. Glenn needs to be removed immediately.

Big Canoe

December 1st, 2009
8:10 am

Richardson’s antics could possibly give politicians of all ilks a bad name. Damn shame.

Badnews!

December 1st, 2009
8:13 am

How cares about Glenn Richardson chasing skirts….most public officials with power and influence, do. Also, who cares about this divorce…it is neither the first nor the last. Mrs. Richardson knew from day one when she signed her marriage papers that Glenn Richardson is the same hypocrite, narcissist and arrogant “little man” that we all know today. But what concerns me the most is these back door, side door and pimp deals, whether at the State Capitol or City Hall, is at taxpayers expense and is truly hurting and dividing our great state of Georgia. We must hold these folks accountable and get rid of them if need be!

The Real Politico

December 1st, 2009
8:26 am

Anyone who believes that the Ethics Commitee should not investigate whether the Speaker had an affair with a lobbyist from a company that does business with the state is either unethical themselves or has the same morals. Both rather odious options.

scott

December 1st, 2009
8:32 am

another republican hypocrite that tricks ignorant,uniformed,fox news viewing, white poor and middle class into voting for them voting away thier interest they use poor and uninformed,ignorant whites like a carpenter uses a hammer..when will this group of people learn that republicans are nothing but hypocrites!!!

Aaron Gould Sheinin

December 1st, 2009
8:36 am

Working on it, Green. Ethics DID meet in the past few months to deal with lawmakers who hadn’t paid taxes, that much I do know.

UGA72

December 1st, 2009
8:40 am

Pathetically, this is politics as usual in Georgia and elsewhere. Yeah, Glenn is a whacko and can’t stand that his ex now has a new life and is enjoying herself. This guy isn’t capable of picking up garbage, much less handling the job as House Speaker. Republicans need to kick him to the curb and so do the voters of Paulding County.

I know why they don’t, but I wish we could get some people who really want to serve to run for public office. Another great example for term limits!

Susan, call me!

December 1st, 2009
8:42 am

Holy hell, Susan Richardson is beautiful! She needs to get away from this psycho. It speaks volumes about where Republicans’ morals and values are that they are supporting someone who cheats on his wife, compromises his political morals (if he has any), then attempts to take his own life. The cops who found him should have turned around and walked out.

Marc G

December 1st, 2009
8:44 am

If Richardson had not been gay his family life wouldn’t have disintegrated, his wife wouldn’t have been put through such turmoil, his kids wouldn’t have to watch this pathetic drama unfold and his constituents could have been spared all of this. The depression his ‘alternative’ lifestyle is certainly the cause of. If only he had been a normal God-fearing heterosexual family man.

MJ

December 1st, 2009
8:49 am

Women should be elected to run governments…less corruption.

MeaneyMouse

December 1st, 2009
8:49 am

He’s your typical holy roller rePUBICAN

Richardson's PR Machine

December 1st, 2009
8:51 am

This was a “publicity attempt” not a suicide attempt by Richardson. He wanted to get some sympathy from the voters for another run at political office, to keep all these millions in contracts at hand that he’s got as speaker. He’s a very rich man, thanks to GA taxpayers and wants to keep it that way. So re-elect him and keep him in the money. Also, his ex-wife wants a big cut of that cash to keep up her lifestyle, so pay up!!!!

ihorizon

December 1st, 2009
9:06 am

Reminds me of the song “Everybody wants to rule the world.”

TOBE

December 1st, 2009
9:12 am

Susan needs to keep a seven iron handy, a la Tiger’s wife.

DJ

December 1st, 2009
9:13 am

GLENN RICHARDSON: RESIGN NOW

what a hypocrite. another typical do-nothing republican who’s sole aim is to suck up to whatever special interest wants to curry favor with him. DO THE PEOPLE’S WORK, GLENN, NOT THE CORPORATIONS’ WORK.

FAMILY VALUES MY ASS.

Can we impeach the SOB? Can you think of anyone in Georgia who deserves it more?

THROW – HIM – OUT. NOW.

(i love reading all the republican apologists rationalizing this as a “personal matter”. TELL IT TO YOUR PASTOR. get the pig out of public office now.)

Shar

December 1st, 2009
9:20 am

Glenn Richardson wrote and forced through legislation requiring extended ‘cooling off’ periods for Georgians seeking divorce – and even longer when there are children of the marriage – and then got a judge who was a personal friend to grant him his divorce in one afternoon, and to seal the records to boot. It makes sense that Susan had proof of the affair and was prepared to use it to gain her freedom andn that of her children from such a controlling, arrogant man. It’s a classic spousal abuse scenario, and I applaud her for finding a way to get out and keeping silent to protect her kids. All bets are off, though, when he has them in his custody and threatens them and her both physically and with the power of the state. In this case, the best way to protect herself is to talk, and so talk she did.

Her silence stuck Georgia with another year of having this lowlife in a position of power, but it’s hard to argue with her putting her children first. She had no reason for speaking now except to neutralize the threat he poses, and I commend her for overcoming the shame common among victims of spousal abuse and saying what needed to be said. I hope the new boyfriend is better than the old one!

BHO

December 1st, 2009
9:23 am

No to Gay Marriage. It is Adam and Eve people….NOT Adam and Steve!!!

Liberal Democrat

December 1st, 2009
9:23 am

SouthernDawg……most overused phrase………….Drinking the Koolaid. Democrats never force family values down anyone’s throat. I think you need to change the channel away from Fox for a few days.

t'bolt

December 1st, 2009
9:27 am

Ted is correct. Put another way, trashy rednecks will be trashy rednecks.

Ted Striker

December 1st, 2009
2:51 am
It’s a shame Susan Richardson appears to place a greater premium on airing dirty laundry than she does about the effect it might have on her own children.

Never had an opinion about her till now but that interview displays a woman with an unfortunate and unflattering lack of personal dignity and refinement. It’s highly unattractive.

Lulabelle Robertson

December 1st, 2009
9:28 am

I don’t think Mrs. Richardson is trying to get attention. I think she is using the only tool she has to stop her ex-husband from contiuing to use powerful political intimidation tactics. Of course, she’s mad as hell, and I don’t blame her. I applaud her for her courage!

LR

December 1st, 2009
9:30 am

Why would she have left her kids with him to go running off with her boyfriend if she really thought he was so unstable? Seems like she’s either BS’ing about his actions or a terrible mother
And where are the emails and text messages? If this is a pattern of behavior surely similiar ones would have come out in the divorce proceedings and anyone with half a brain would have the sense to keep any further evidence of harassment post-divorce.

Merlot Winters

December 1st, 2009
9:37 am

Finally, the hypocrisy of the Republicans AND Democrats in this State regarding sexual morays is laid bare. It’s one thing to destroy your own marriage with your infidelities, made worse by mixing them with the important lawmaking business of the state. It is quite another thing, however, when you make laws like the 2004 Marriage Amendment that tell other people how to run their personal lives and relationships. Throw all the bums out and replace them with people of compassion and integrity!

Mr. Grumpy

December 1st, 2009
9:41 am

Democrats: Take heart. If the Republican caucus of the House and its majority control by its members fails to “un-elect” Richardson as the Speaker, Democratic candidates for the House seats in 2010 will have field day campaigning against incumbent Republican Hiouse members and re-gain control. THAT’S the price Republicans will pay for giving control of the House to a hypocrite and megalomaniac. Nothing can be done now to keep the lid on Richardson’s sorry character. The bell can’t be unrung. And for those of you idiots out there who will continue to blindly support a narcissist like Glenn Richardson, you are all responsible for the bad that has already happened and will continue to happen to Georgia. Don’t blame Susan Richardson for putting the Richardson dirty laundry out there for her children to see. Speaker Richardson altready did that when he forgot his “family values” and started poking a lobbyist (and others). And then he had the nerve to lie to all of us by climing he’d find the ones who put these lies about his affair out there. Glenn missed his calling. He should have been a hit man for the Mob.

Nathan, Atlanta, ga

December 1st, 2009
9:42 am

This guy is a Republican, his collegues aren’t going to do anything to him. Republicans believe that sex of any kind id wrong unles they do it. Republicans are always trying to get in other peoples bedrooms, literally and figuretively. These conservatives hypocrits backed by their christian right conservatives are the biggest sexual predators in the country.

Ken

December 1st, 2009
9:48 am

Typical, holier than thou republican!

Tony Smash

December 1st, 2009
9:48 am

Wow Aaron! Got you about a good 8 hr nap and it’s still going. This better than a filibuster … Blogs are the BEST!

Mr. Grumpy

December 1st, 2009
9:50 am

Hey, LR. Who says she hasn’t kept copies of the 49 text messages and voicemails he sent when she started dating another man? What is she supposed to do with her life? Stay at home and not try to start over with someone who may be nicer to her than her ex-husband was? As for leaving her children with him “to go running off with her boyfriend,” have you ever heard of “joint custody”? No one’s said he’s unstable. That’s his act. He’s simply a narcissist who thinks the world revolves around him.

Bob from Dahlonega

December 1st, 2009
10:00 am

She only wants attrention, she married a powerful man and with power comes perks, like hot lobbyists. Most guys on here are lying knowing they have porked a secretary or coworker.. its only cheating if you get caught.

I bet susan enjoyed those lavish politicalo dinners and the fame that came along with it. He probably was about to trade her in for a new model and she got upset.

Glen still has my vote as a true southern cnservative gentleman

Rob Vinson

December 1st, 2009
10:03 am

I think the guy is a pansy and that he is starved for attention. What he did is pretty selfish, but commiting suicide is the ultimate in selfishnes…., but he didn’t quite get there. Only cowards commit suicide. Obviously he is manipulative and controlling and i am glad his wife is airing out the “dirty laundry” the way she is. He had that judge / law partner cover up facts about his divorce when by law he shouldn’t have. He isn’t above the law. He won’t step down from being the speaker because he likes the power and the attention, but hopefully someone will make him step down. He is an embarrassment to the state and it would be nice to see him out of there.

Sick of the "holier than thou" hypocrites

December 1st, 2009
10:03 am

Richardson has been the leader of these “holier than thou” hypocrites in the Georgia State Congress. It is time for fakes like Richardson to be kicked out of our state government. Richardson cannot be trusted!

A Georgia Republican

December 1st, 2009
10:06 am

Richardson is bad for our party and he is bad for our state. I am sick that he represents both. And most of all I am ashamed that he represents both! I want him gone!

Steve T.

December 1st, 2009
10:07 am

Glenn, Karma has a cruel way of sneaking up and biting you in the butt.

Bone

December 1st, 2009
10:10 am

Bob,

Glad we don’t live up your way. You would probably have thrown stones at Susan for what she said and taken pictures. You treat all your woman folk like that???

Jerry Grillo

December 1st, 2009
10:11 am

There’s a perfectly good reason why a snake like Richardson slithered into power — “we, the people” put him there. If you lame-brains who are blaming the reporter (Aaron) for writing an unbiased, right-down-the-middle NEWS story would have actually gotten out of your mothers’ basements and gotten involved and voted, perhaps we never would have heard of Snake Richardson. Just saying.

Georgia voter

December 1st, 2009
10:11 am

I am a conservative Georgia voter and Republicans better listen up. We are tired of control freaks like Richardson who say one thing and live their life in such a sinful manner. Clean house, get rid of scummy riff raff like Richardson!!!!! Any politician that wants to retain him is obviously one of his corrupt buddies! The voters are getting sick and tired of this. If you guys can’t stay faithful to your wives you have no business selling yourselves as Christian and family values! Either be the REAL THING or leave!

Zeb

December 1st, 2009
10:11 am

Richardson and his cronies are why Georgia has become a dysfunctional banana republic. They sought power to line their pockets and strut their stuff. If we don’t get folks in office that care about the public interest Georgia will continue it’s 7 year decline. I’m for David Poythress, DuBose Porter or Jeff Chapman as the next guv. I’m praying that these guys have a modicum of ethics.

Aaron Gould Sheinin

December 1st, 2009
10:12 am

Why thanks, Jerry!

Aaron Gould Sheinin

December 1st, 2009
10:13 am

Tony — eight hours? I wish. I have two young sons who were up at 6! Still, this is a heck of a story.

Angry

December 1st, 2009
10:15 am

Georgians are sick of these elected politicians playing “family values” and then cheating on their wives with slutty lobbyists who use their bodies to sell their product! Isn’t that called prostitution?

Chris Broe

December 1st, 2009
10:21 am

Does Susan Richardson have an older sister for me?

John

December 1st, 2009
10:27 am

He needs to be removed not only as Speaker but from his legislative post immediately if any of these allegations are true. If the Republican leadership refuses to remove him, every Republican in the legislature should resign or be impeached.

DirtyDawg

December 1st, 2009
10:38 am

Hey ‘conservative Georgia voter’…don’t wish to burst your bubble but if you clean the Republican ranks of ’scummy riff-raff’ there won’t be any left. They are, by definition, what they are…and ‘conservative’ voters like you put ‘em there. Runnin’ around on your spouse is just one of the lousy behaviors they exhibit – and probably not the worst. As Susan Richardson (why in blazes she hasn’t changed her name is beyond me) said, it’s about power and your guys – and gals – will do anything to get it, keep it and wield it.

Ugh

December 1st, 2009
10:40 am

Anything goes in this state. Instead of impeaching him his buddies applaud him. Muy macho. Bantam rooster struting around. Alpha male. Sickening.

Yosemite Sam

December 1st, 2009
10:41 am

This harkens back to the days when people like Newt Gingrich would refer to such persons and situations as “trailer trash.” Looks like the GOP, between the national obsession with out of wedlock birth in the family of a rising female political star and Glenn Richardson, has a little “trailer trash” of its own.

Logic

December 1st, 2009
10:51 am

Richardson had a .357 Magnum by his side. If he really wanted to kill himself, he could have easily done it. Sounds like a sad attempt for attention to me.

Just Here

December 1st, 2009
11:01 am

I have read just about everyone’s comments and it seems to me we all blame someone else for the people we elect. No matter what party you belong to it is our entire fault for letting these people do what they do.
I believe Richardson will not be Speaker for long. Common sense people. Which I happen to agree with due to who he had an affair with, the threats of power he use towards his wife and what he has done in office that has hurt our state.
No one is perfect. NO ONE. Not even those who are making these comments. Who here can actually say that they have not done one stupid thing or made a bad judgment call. NO ONE.
I bet just about everyone has in one time in there life been cheated on or has cheated. If not well you are darn lucky.
I would love to vote someone in the office who would actually try to do right, but where are the good candidates from any of the parties?
Will any of you righteous people do it? I did not think so. To busy, not sure how to go about doing it, have a family to take care of,
nothing is private, to risky… yep those are my excuses too.
We need to have a strong nation. For the people by the people… I wonder if anyone really cares enough to put there money where there mouth is?
Any takers?

Capitol Hack

December 1st, 2009
11:07 am

The bombshell isn’t the tragic divorce or his apparently manipulative, half-hearted attempt to kill himself. What Susan Richardson said has confirmed what her then-husband had publicly denied – that he had an ongoing affair with a lobbyist who was seeking legislation that he had the power to influence as Speaker of the House of Representatives of the State of Georgia. Indeed, the legislation passed the House with the Speaker’s active support. A subsequent ethics complaint against him about that affair was summarily dismissed as everyone knew it would be.

It is now known beyond a shadow of a doubt that Speaker Richardson betrayed the trust of the people who elected him and that of the office which he holds. He has often given speeches to House members about their solemn responsibilities and sacred duties as legislators. The members now need to hold him to his words and remove him from the office that he has proven unworthy to hold. (It would be best if he would voluntarily resign, but his ego and temperament do not make this a likely outcome.) And finally, the General Assembly needs to get serious about ethics rules that will protect the people of Georgia for a change, instead of the people in power. (Also not a likely outcome…!)

Phroggy

December 1st, 2009
11:12 am

Must be a really sloow news day(s) to put any importance whatsoever in the Glenn Richardson story! Who cares about his infidelities, his attempted suicide(s), or depression… he’s well connected, well-to-do, & will weather this as every other politician does so well. And, why does his ex- need to have 15 minutes of fame over a family issue that should be kept within the family!?!

Dale

December 1st, 2009
11:21 am

Great for you Susan! You are a very strong woman to stand up to this controlling egomaniac! He wanted to cheat, you were in his way so the quickie, quiet divorce. The affair didn’t work out, so you should come running back. Same old story. He is controlled by his ego and his jealousy. Good for you for doing what is right for YOU and your children. You are an inspiration for finally standing up to this man and for showing what lengths he will go to to control who and what he wants.

Republican voter

December 1st, 2009
11:26 am

Our state Republican party needs to listen to their voters who are not happy with the likes of Glenn Richardson and Casey Cagle. Get rid of the officials who can’t keep it in their pants and don’t practice what they preach! If you’re going to take the “moral road” you have an obligation to live your public and private life as an example because those who choose the public life will have their private life found out!

Dirty Pol

December 1st, 2009
11:27 am

Expertly said Relentless. These slimeball political hacks will deny(lie) to death that the crooked, criminals in the so called ‘lobby” crew have any effect on their voting habits via sex and money (from lobby crew). I say now, and have always said, they (pol hacks) are *^&$# liars now and forever.

“Relentless

November 30th, 2009
11:19 pm
Looks like these power hungry, sexually perverted, crooked politicians will never learn. And, it looks like we wont either, because we keep on re-electing them rather than electing non career replacements. Of course, we will hear all of the other slime balls in the statehouse call for his head, but you can make a safe bet that these hypocrites are doing the same thing.”

Relentless

November 30th, 2009
11:19 pm
Looks like these power hungry, sexually perverted, crooked politicians will never learn. And, it looks like we wont either, because we keep on re-electing them rather than electing non career replacements. Of course, we will hear all of the other slime balls in the statehouse call for his head, but you can make a safe bet that these hypocrites are doing the same thing.

Carl

December 1st, 2009
11:34 am

I’m glad his ex-wife confirmed what I said when the suicide attempt first broke. This was no real attempt. You don’t have a gun, but choose pills. You don’t call everybody including your mother to tell them what you’re doing and that they can’t get there in time. Too contrived. Glen Richardson was a powerful man with a HUGE ego. He let it get the best of him. Now it may be his undoing. I hope the Democrats have the guts to file another ethics charge and provide hard evidence this time. Lots of people knew this was happening, they just chose to look the other way.

A W in Atlanta

December 1st, 2009
11:40 am

Clearly this “attempted suicide” was staged. Think about it – how many people have TWO methods of committing suicide – pills AND a gun? If you’re planning to shoot yourself, why would you take enough pills to make yourself groggy so you can’t actually pick up the gun and do it? And yet after taking the pills, you have enough wherewithall to call someone and carry on a conversation (to remember the number, call them, tell them you took the pills and there’s nothing they can do takes some level of alertness. And yet it’s not enough to remember you have the gun or to pick it up to commit suicide? I’m not buying it). This all smells fishy to me…

Trudy

December 1st, 2009
11:44 am

Another example GOP hypocrisy. There are millions.

William Grant

December 1st, 2009
11:46 am

So Carl, I am assuming you yourself have tried suicide before and know how easy it is to put a gun to your head and pull the trigger or maybe put it under your chin and then decide no but it is to late and the gun has already fired leaving you with half a face. I guess you know how quuick pills can actually work and that if even he had called the world the pills could have still killed him even if they did get to him in time. If you don’t know what this is like then like I said before all of you should really just shut the hell up and AJC you should close this blog down.

Do you people not relieze there are three children involved in this as well and that while she sits so high on the wagon and looks so great now, was Susan Richardson really thinking for her children? NO, she was thinking for herself. A bitter and cold woman that wanted to hurt Seaker Richardson at any and all cost.

Let’s think about this. He gets a large salary from the State and she gets support from him and in turn supports the children. Well, by destroying him she has in turn destroy her children because now they will have a change in lifestyle that causes them to in turn hate their mother and they have to listen to both of them at holidays blaming each other because of all this.

If you people don’t know what it is like to look at someone suffering from actually depression and trying suicide versus someone doing it for kicks to get someone back then get off the page. There is a difference and being in the medical field I have seen it first hand so I speak from experience as well.

AJC think of the children and close this stupid blog.

Mike

December 1st, 2009
11:56 am

The very people that are jumping to his defense are the same ones that were destroying Pres. Clinton 10 years ago. Why is this any different? I don’t support the guy, but could care less if he’s a loser at home and at work.

Cobb Dawg

December 1st, 2009
11:59 am

Inga, I agree with you. I live in the most conservative county in GA. And I’m all for the fiscal conservatism. But I don’t see why two people who love each other, and are committed to a relationship, can’t be legally united. I’ve known several gay and lesbian people in my lifetime. And I’m 100% convinced that they were born that way. Why would anyone choose a gay or lesbian lifestyle with all of the problems associated with it? There are good and bad straight people, and there are good and bad non-straight people. But none should have fewer rights than others just because they were born with a certain sexual persuasion. I know the Richardson family and I feel for them. Glenn has brought this all on himself, and I hope for the family’s sake that he can move on and be a good father to his children. And maybe get his narcissism under control.

Illinifan

December 1st, 2009
12:09 pm

I have no problem crucifying this man before he has his day in court. I could see years ago he was evil, a bully and a control freak. Susan Richardson should have left him years ago. Once again, we’re dealing with a hypocrite white male Republican who does not deserve to be a leader of anything. When will you people learn to vote out these crooked career politicians? Term limits people!

kreedham

December 1st, 2009
12:18 pm

Maybe Susan ought to run for his seat next year!

Kat

December 1st, 2009
12:27 pm

To Inga…I am straight and I totally, 100% agree with your statement. Kudos for saying it out loud.

Voice of Reason

December 1st, 2009
12:30 pm

The perpetual wheel just keeps on spinning. It makes no difference whether the majority party is Democratic or Republican, male or female, these folks aren’t in office to represent the people. They are in office to benefit themselves and if in the process some of the good will spills over to the constituency, then all is well on Capitol Hill. Power is their drug of choice, and they will do anything they can to remain in a position of power.

Term limits, a non-partisan election process, compensatory reform and harsher ethics laws would be a good start towards political reform in this once great country, state, county that we live in. Unfortunately, the power brokers (elected officials) are the ones that make the rules for self preservation of the status quo.

Don’t kid yourself into thinking that the general population are to blame because we elect these buffoons. We do cast the ballots, but remember, the only choices are located on the perpetual wheel. The current machine is a very powerful mechanism that needs to be re-engineered if we expect to see something new and refreshing.

In a nutshell, the politicians in the currently designed political arena are like a slow acting poison…in the beginning they don’t have much of an effect on the process, but prolonged exposure leads to sickness. If the exposure isn’t remedied , then death is the ultimate result. Sickness has been prevalent for quite some time. Unless something is done to change the course, death is eminent.

PMC

December 1st, 2009
12:30 pm

Good for her for being strong enough and smart enough to know what was up with all of it. Sounds like a very level headed intelligent person.

PMC

December 1st, 2009
12:31 pm

Unfortunately the only people that seem to seek political power are the people that are wrong for the task.

All we can do is perpetually vote out incumbants before they do too much damage.

WhatsHerName

December 1st, 2009
12:41 pm

You people are forgetting it takes TWO to have an affair. What about the girl who knew what she was getting into when she slept with Gleen. BTW, what is her name? Give her credit too. As for Susan, she should enjoy life with anyone she chooses, a quicky in Florida or whatever. You go girl.

Glenn does have problems, but he is getting help and has my support. Shame on all of you for not seeing a ex-family in crises. As time goes on, you will be very glad Glenn is there for Georgians. And for you gay people, how do you like the hope and change?

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david

December 1st, 2009
12:52 pm

Susan is a fox! She could make millions as a model!

Ron

December 1st, 2009
1:24 pm

I don’t really think any of us wish that Richardson had been successful. However, I think his wife’s assertions are probably right. Even though I am mostly Republican ( and Ind.) I have never had much use for him. Taking away leadership positions from fellow congressmen who did not agree with him and even taking some of their offices away and giving them little more than a broom closet to work in. Find a legislator and ask if you think this isn’t true. WE did not vote for him as Speaker. The citizens from his district put him in office and he either seemed or was a good guy at the time. Certain fellow legislators put him in the Speaker position.(mostly Republicans of course) Amazing what power does to some people. I do not wish ill to him but I hope his fellow legislators give him what they honestly feel he is due.

Conservative White Male

December 1st, 2009
1:27 pm

I say leave him be, we do not need any liberals in charge. look at this country and how far we have fell under Obama.

if democrats control Ga, we would have gay sex, and interacial marriage all over the place.
Richy made a mistake and needs counseling but I trust him more than any Lib.

If he cheated on his wife thats their business, next she will write a book or appear on Oprah crying. yet no one mentions she abandoned her kids to go meet some guy at a hotel. she is the cheater, she drove him to almost kill himself because of the embarrasment this hussy caused him..
She is probably a lib or lesbian, definetly not a God fearing woman

kt

December 1st, 2009
1:56 pm

Dang she’s hot. I wonder what she up to this weekend?

She just sunk the Speakers’ boat. He is now toast.He certainly had it coming.

Now, can I have your # Mrs. Richardson?

EVL

December 1st, 2009
2:07 pm

And what does being democrate have to do with interracial marriage? That has nothing to do with the law.
And his wife left her kids with him, the father. She didn’t abandon them abnd if you are signle (like she is) it’s not called cheating.
Conservative White Man, are you sure you aren’t Glynn?

tc

December 1st, 2009
2:14 pm

has richardson always looked like porky pig?

bulldog

December 1st, 2009
2:55 pm

Mr. Grant, your points are well taken but the sole issue is not all about the Richardson family. I would wish all the Richardsons well-Glenn, Susan and the children. Glenn Richardson is not (at least I hope) the only person capable of leading the Georgia House. Should Richardson remain as Speaker? Absolutely not.

Carl

December 1st, 2009
2:59 pm

Bravo Susan Richardson. It took guts to tell your story. There aren’t even many men who would stand up to your ex. That’s why he can get away with the dirt he has already. They are afraid of him. They too are so power hungry that they simply turn a blind eye to his antics. Otherwise it would be political suicide.

I’m appalled that people would blame Susan Richardson for coming forward. When I heard the story I thought, how in the heck can he claim his suicide on family problems. HE was the one who caused them. Many people in the State Capitol knew about the affair. His affair and more of them seem to be commonplace during the legislative session. Just follow the leaders of committees and it won’t take long to figure out what’s going on. In fact, an easier job would probably be to report on the ones who aren’t having affairs.

He’ll probably do a Jimmy Swaggart and continue as Speaker. And that’s utterly disgusting.

Suzie - past paralegal to Glenn Richardson

December 1st, 2009
3:21 pm

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Suzie - past paralegal to Glenn Richardson

December 1st, 2009
3:24 pm

Sorry cant work this laptop. I worked for Glenn for 9 years. he is a wonderful man. We had a good working relationship and a wonderful friendship. I also have a good friendship with Susan. I wish you both the best.

Douglasville Resident

December 1st, 2009
3:44 pm

Here is another Conservative Republican caught living a double life. Next he will come out with his spiritual adviser saying that he is reborn and seeking foregiveness. Forget this loser! Let’s get someone in office who will look out for the interest of the people and his brainless head.

Darrell

December 1st, 2009
4:16 pm

Remember Bill Clinton! Don’t recall all you Dems having much of a problem with his behavior.

Cobb Dawg

December 1st, 2009
4:23 pm

Conservative White Male, you’re either an imposter or and idiot. I hope you’re the former but there are far to many of the latter in around here for me to be sure. I used to listen to Rush Limbaugh and be a staunch Republican. Then I started to think about Rush, his total brashness, his three failed marriages (family values?!?!), his never having had children, never having held political office, never having had a job other than running his fat, arrogant mouth on the radio, drug abuse, etc. And I started to realize that this is not a guy who should be writing a book about “the way things ought to be”. If everyone was like Rush, we’d be in a world of hurt. And look at all of the Glenn Richardsons there are out there. People who espouse virtue and family values through their political party affiliation but live a total hypoctitical life in private. I’m so sick of both parties that I no longer associate with either of them. I think we need a strong third party to keep these other morons in check!

The Captain

December 1st, 2009
4:26 pm

Sam, remember that Newt himself was nothing but that same “trailer park trash”. He also had an ongoing affair.

For those who keep saying that”no one is perfect”, I agree, but at least have someone who understands that, and is not a hypocrite about it. Richardson pretended to be all about about “defending marriage” while privately destroying his own. He wanted to force us to remain in failed marriages, but all the while judge-shopping for one who would end his quickly, and seal the records.

I’m not gay, but I can see the sheer ridiculousness in denying civil rights for the reason that it would destroy marriages. However, homosexuality had nothing to do with his marriage failure. Why didn’t Richardson make adulterous affairs illegal? Having children too early in marriage is another major factor in marriage failure, so why don’t we have a law that requires a certain period of time before having children?

This is like the hypocrisy in Sunday alcohol sales. If it were truly a legitimate problem, then why do restaurants get to sell it on Sunday? You aren’t stopping sales on Sunday, you just implemented a monopoly on who gets to sell it.

Northeast Georgia

December 1st, 2009
4:26 pm

Let’s run the sex perverts like Glenn Richardson out of our government!

Common Sense Conservative republican

December 1st, 2009
4:31 pm

If Glenn Richardson is cheating on his wife and having sex with a political lobbyist it is every bit our business! He has compromised his oath of office. Richardson is proven to be immoral and is unfit for office! Hypocrites like Richardson do serious damage to conservative causes. He should resign immediately or be driven out of office. Selling his influence to a lobbyist for sexual favors is completely unacceptable and we the voters should not tolerate it! If one runs for office then their private life must be beyond reproach!

Carl

December 1st, 2009
4:32 pm

Cobb Dawg

I totally understand where you’re coming from. Funny you bring up Rush because I was thinking ALL of the same things about a week ago. Here is a man who can’t stay married; who had a drug addiction so bad that he shopped doctors like Michael Jackson; who spews falsehoods and hatred for 3 hours YET people follow him like he was Jesus. I’ve often wondered WHY hasn’t he decided to run for a political office and fix the problem instead of exacerbating it through vile talk? As they say those who can do, those who can’t…..

Attn: DirtyDawg

December 1st, 2009
4:34 pm

If you clean the corrupt Democrats out of office there will not be any of those anti-American socialists left either.

Carl

December 1st, 2009
4:41 pm

Darrell, how could we forget about Bill Clinton. You Repubs hounded him throughout the remainder of his term. But that’s the problem. For example while Newt Gingrich was having a cow about the affair he was carrying on his own–can we say wife #3. This isn’t all about the affair. It’s about being a bully (both in public and at home) while being the 2nd or 3rd most powerful person in State politics. It’s about being manipulative and using your power to garner favors (sealed divorce papers and no additional counseling) that other people can’t get. It’s about tellling people you are going to root out the poison and claim that what people are saying is a lie when it isn’t.

paulding woman

December 1st, 2009
4:51 pm

My husband and I met Richardson in 1996 when we closed on our house in Paulding County. He was not a powerful man, just a small town lawyer with big dreams. He asked us to vote for him because he was running that year. We never did and never have voted for him. Mrs Richardson did not marry a powerful man, she married a small town crook who wanted to become a big time crook, and by God he succeeded because the voters in Paulding county are still convinced that the good old boy network will work for them. Wake up Paulding County, it is time to throw the incumbents out of office, face it, start with the local school board who are incompetent, the County Government and work your way up to the State level. It is time the voters of Georgia clean house.

Sam

December 1st, 2009
4:54 pm

If there are e-mails between Richardson and the AGL lobbyist, then why was the ethics complaint simply dropped? Whoever was on the Ethics Committee either did a lousy job investigating the matter or a good job covering it up.

Reality Train

December 1st, 2009
4:59 pm

What does it say about the GOP leadership in Atlanta to have vested this man with great responsibility when they KNEW or certainly should have known that he was a whore-hopping, power-mad bully. Hardly the face of family values and Christian good will that the GOP prides itself on. I thought they were going to change things in Atlanta. Did any member of the GOP caucus not know he was having an affair with the AGL lobbyist? Shame on them if they knew and supported him and denounced the ethics charge. Shame on them if they did not know or were willfully ignorant of the corrupt thug they elected Speaker. Also, shame on his now ex-wife for standing by his side, Bible in hand, as he was sworn in as Speaker when she KNEW the truth. There should be a special place in hell for the likes of Glenn Richardson.

April

December 1st, 2009
5:20 pm

I agree with JD in Marietta. I’m a liberal, and I don’t care whether or not the scum is Rep or Dem. Politicians are worst than used car salesmen.

HB

December 1st, 2009
5:34 pm

Affair with a lobbyist…the committee hawks…shady dealings on St. Simons…the questionable sealing of his divorce…

People, all this has been well-known by the House Reps for years. And yet, Keen and most other Republicans (and usually a handful of Dems) repeatedly elected him Speaker. So what if Richardson’s kicked out? You still have those guys running your state. Find out if your local rep, regardless of party, voted for the Speaker and/or in support of the House rules with the committee hawks provision. If they did, please VOTE THEM OUT in 2010!!!

South GA Repub

December 1st, 2009
5:34 pm

This has nothing to do with Republican or Democrat- this man has abused his office and has to go. The only difference in the two parties is that the GOP will hold him accountable and force him out; the Dems would say it was “a personal issue” and hang on to power for dear life (i.e., slick Willie C.)

Besides, he is not just unethical but CRAZY- that woman is HOT.

South GA Repub

December 1st, 2009
5:39 pm

HB- nice try, but you will probably find the speaker vote was along party lines. The fighting was done in the caucuses. The Dems all voted for one candidate, I think it was Dubose Porter.

Ousting this guy doesn’t turn the House over to the Dems, just to a bettr-qualified, less ethically-challenged Republican.

KenFromCalifornia

December 1st, 2009
6:24 pm

thankfully, the former wife has the courage (and LEADERSHIP) to stand up and speak the truth.

the republican politicians? they simply stop being human and prioritize the party’s public perception above all else.

congrats, susan richardson. you have more you-know-whats than those gutless wonders in the capitol.

Conservative White Male

December 1st, 2009
6:27 pm

She is a lying gold digger, when you look at how attractive she is and how dumpy glenn looks, you know she married him for status and wealth.
now she made up these emails like he threatened her, glenn is a man of high principles and christian morals he would never do any of that crap she said..
I bet she asked for money first before she went to the media to whine.

Glenn Richardson

December 1st, 2009
6:44 pm

Why are you people doing this to me, Chasing tail at the State House is how we do business under the Dome and in the bed.

Glenn Richardson

December 1st, 2009
6:49 pm

Just call me PIMPing SAM, not Glenn, I like that better.

Michael D.

December 1st, 2009
7:02 pm

I totally agree with Tru American’s comments:

“Democrats – Republicans what is the difference…really. Until voters wake up and understand that they all have one main objective which is re-election and holding power we are all doomed to higher taxes and bloated government which represents money and power not constituents. It is clear to me that the answer is independent candidates that truly represent the people.”

Our State Government is just as corrupt and ineffective as our Federal Government. It must be a prerequisite to be a politician, you must also be selfish and egotistical. There is no such thing as a “middle of the road” politician any longer.

LUKE

December 1st, 2009
7:31 pm

WHY DIDN’T THE GOV TAKE HIM OVER TO THE BIG HOUSE WHERE THE GOV GOES .

JD in Marietta

December 1st, 2009
7:36 pm

The look on Susan Richardson’s face when she held the Bible while “Mr. Speaker” took the oath of office was priceless. That was the last place she wanted to be;and as she said, he was taking an oath to uphold the office in an honest and respectable manner and he had lied about his affair to not only her but to the people he represented. What a lying scumbag! The man should be lucky anyone would have an affair with him. When the legislature returns in February their first order of business should be to replace this guy. He’s not going to last long.

So Sad

December 1st, 2009
7:45 pm

I am sad for Mrs. Richardson and her children. For the sake of his children, Glenn Richardson should resign as Speaker and State Representative. He has lost the confidence of Georgians and rightfully allow someone to lead without this tremendous drama unfolding each day.

So Sad

December 1st, 2009
7:47 pm

@For Susan – Ditto

Renee

December 1st, 2009
8:43 pm

I was involved with a man who sounds like the two of them could be twins,these men are very controlling and love only themselves,I can not imagine what his ex-wife and children have been through.Get rid of this guy,he sounds sick and dangerous.

Reality Train

December 1st, 2009
8:43 pm

After watching the Fox news video, I have to feel sorry for his ex-wife. So the Speaker put her on the spot and called her up to hold the Bible while he took the oath? I guess she had no choice and I agree that her facial expression says more than words could. The man is vile beyond all words. It would be nice if the GOP really acted on their expressed belief in good, clean government and installed leadership that was not drunk with power. Tom Murphy was a mountain of integrity, honest compassion and true leadership compared to what we have suffered through since 2004.

Renee

December 1st, 2009
8:46 pm

TO CONSERVATIVE WHITE MAL:Dont judge a woman till youve walked a mile in her shoes.

ima nidiot

December 1st, 2009
8:59 pm

ima nidiot

December 1st, 2009
9:00 pm

ima nidiot

December 1st, 2009
9:00 pm

ima nidiot

December 1st, 2009
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ima nidiot

December 1st, 2009
9:01 pm

HEY HO, GLEN HAS GOT TO GO!

SouthGaDawg

December 1st, 2009
9:10 pm

Sounds like a woman scorned to me. I think that her comments are very untimely.

I can see why he wanted out of a relationship with a woman like this.

Honest Government

December 1st, 2009
9:25 pm

My question to you Mr. Gould is why not cover and expose these people as they hypocrites that they apparently are? It’s not that difficult.

A couple of months ago I was out at Red Door Tavern and saw Mr. Richardson behaving in a disgusting manner, groping a young woman and slapping her on her behind while Mr. Keen stood by and laughed. He was there with a woman as well, who was not his wife. Both were so drunk they could care less who watched.

HB

December 1st, 2009
9:31 pm

South GA Repub, as a Dem, I wish you were correct, but I’m almost certain that at least the first time that Richardson won, a few (not many) Dems voted for him. Granted, if they went the other way, it wouldn’t have mattered with Republicans in the majority and their caucus essentially deciding who would be Speaker, but still, it irked me that they cast their votes for Richardson. In later years, though, I think you may be right that all Dems voted for DuBose Porter. This past year, I believe the Democrats chose not to oppose the majority’s choice asking instead for consensus in order to quickly move on with the business of the state in these dire economic times, or something like that.

anne

December 1st, 2009
9:32 pm

Sounds like a woman beaten down, harrased and broken….not scorned,he sounds like a jerk.

Suzie - past paralegal to Glenn Richardson

December 1st, 2009
9:37 pm

Honest Government: Are you sure about that? i dont believe it.

Suzie - past paralegal to Glenn Richardson

December 1st, 2009
9:41 pm

Honest government I dont believe you. Sorry but I really dont believe that about the Red Tavern.

UGA Fan

December 1st, 2009
9:50 pm

Susan Richardson is the “ex”wife; twice divorced. She wants sympathy? How many other women have been divorced and have chosen NOT to air the dirty laundry? She had 2 children with this man, took vacations with them and has enjoyed a very nice lifestyle (notice her clothes). In the interview, she makes it all about her. Typical “sour grapes” attitude!

David

December 1st, 2009
10:08 pm

Susan is as sexy as the Cheetah Dancers.

Suzie - past paralegal to Glenn Richardson

December 1st, 2009
10:09 pm

I still will stand behind him like I have said before he is a wonderful man. Susan was a good wife and is still a great mother.

Whatever

December 1st, 2009
10:15 pm

You may not like me because I am a gay person. That is your prerogative. But I have never cheated on my partner. And yet I am declined any sort of legal relationship because “men” like Richardson decided that I am less of a person than he is. Really? I am less than this guy? I am less than this cheat who left his family for a lobbyist he was working with? Please. There is no argument left.

ima nidiot

December 1st, 2009
10:21 pm

Recover from what? The man took a sleeping pill.
Exhibit A: The transcript of the 911 call:
Mrs. Richardson: “He told me he’d taken a sleeping pill. He’d gotten very, very upset”

Yes, a sleeping pill. Not a whole bottle, a whole handful, or a whole bunch, a single sleeping pill.

Exhibit B: The police report

Responders entered the (unlocked) house less than five minutes later and found him sitting on the edge of the tub, with a revolver on the counter in front of him…the police report said he had taken ’several sleeping pills’.

OK….’Several’ sleeping pills. Now he was allegedly semi-conscious, and the police report said he “did not respond to verbal commands”….so the ’several’ was probably a guess by the officer, because an allegedly semi-conscious person not responding to verbal commands is not likely to give a good answer….especially if the verbal command he’s not responding to is ‘how many pills did you take?’.

So if you take one or two sleeping pills and are sitting on the edge of your bathtub, you have clearly overdosed and are trying to commit suicide.

The police appear to have left when the ambulance guys showed up, so they did not think it was too serious. If a person was likely to die, they would hang out, because there would be more paperwork to fill out, and they would need to wait for the Coroner to show up, etc, etc,

JD in Marietta

December 1st, 2009
10:42 pm

Dear “Whatever”, how long have you been with your partner without cheating on him/her? 17 years like Glen Richardson? If your speech emulated your typing I can envision alot of lisping going on. I realize I’m being mean but you are reacting on emotion, which is typical of a liberal. I do not hate gay people. I have worked with them and find them genuinely nice people with a tremendous sense of humor. The issue here is that Glen Richardson is an a–hole, not a gay marriage basher. That’s the nature of the story; that the man is an a–hole, not his policies. His beliefs are secondary, as he is toast and wont be around much longer. As for you and your boyfriend/girlfriend I wish you a long and happy future but gay marriage is akin to me marrying my dog because I love it. Where do you draw the line?

JD in Marietta

December 1st, 2009
11:32 pm

Suzie, I’m sure he’s a good man in your eyes but he presents himself to Georgian’s as an arrogant pric_(rhymes with Rick). He is definitely in need of etiquette lessons

catlady

December 2nd, 2009
7:11 am

Mr. Speaker cannot have it both ways: Either he WAS seriously depressed and is in need of intensive help, OR he has it all handled and can continue to lead (so it was a ploy for attention from his wife). Either way, he should not be in leadership.

Susan a woman scorned? He was pleading to get back with her. Doesn’t sound like she was scorned?

What happened to the little lobbyist? Why isn’t she with GA Power? And why isn’t Mr. Speaker still with her? Could it be she dumped him when she found he couldn’t deliver?

Re: the porky-pig faces of these “godly” Republican/Conservative/family values men like Lush Limburgher, Newt Gingrich, and Glenn Richardson. How do you think they get the girls? Their witty reparte?

sam

December 2nd, 2009
1:37 pm

after watching this guy for the past 8 years, does any of this really surprise you?

Doo dah- Doo dah

December 2nd, 2009
11:58 pm

Richardson should be kicked out for sure. BUT all of the politicians that try to defend him and keep him in office should be kicked out in their next election. Georgia politicians are the very worst hypocrits there are and do not care about the working man for one second. Their priority has always been to take care of big business in Georgia; and then to be re-elected.

A.H.

December 3rd, 2009
1:20 pm

You go girl!!!

majii

December 3rd, 2009
4:47 pm

It took a lot of courage for Ms. Richardson to speak out, and being a mom myself, I feel fairly certain that she did think about the possible effect(s) of her interview on her children BEFORE she gave it. IMHO, she exemplifies good morals because she was not looking out for herself but for the citizens of this state. Her internal feeling seemed to have been that she wasn’t going to sit around and let her ex continue to fib to and mislead us. This indicates that she has a solid moral code by which she operates. Kudos, Ms. Richardson! Ever think about running for public office?

John H.

December 3rd, 2009
4:51 pm

It’s a disgrace for our state’s elected officials it has taken this shameful story for Richardson’s lack of leadership and egomaniacal behavior to finally be addressed. His Republican peers have aided and abetted his self-centered, power-hungry antics for years while neglecting the needs of the state, namely transportation and water issues. I can only hope this will be a wake-up call for all legislators to expose the hypocrisy, egoism, and manipulative politics within their ranks and actually work on the real issues they were elected to address. Or maybe they’ll just herd the masses to again distract from that real work and mount a new attack on the evil, deviant gays that of course pose the real threat to the state of Georgia and the institution of marriage. Really?

Mrs. Richardson-I believe you demonstrated more discretion for longer than should be expected of anyone. I wish you and family well in dealing with the trauma of your ex-husband’s actions.

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Amazed

December 7th, 2009
11:29 am

I applaud Mrs. Richardson for having the courage to come out and tell the truth about Glenn Richardson. The covered-up divorce last year was just the beginning of the clues we had, but the fact that the divorce records were sealed up prevented the public from knowing the truth. Glenn Richardson is cntrolling..and intimidating. It is no wonder that Mrs. Richardson did not come out tell all at the time. As is readily apparent from the recent e-mails and text messages, she lived under constant threat of physical and psychological harm. If you talk to your local representtives (and I have) they will tell you that Glenn Richardson ran the House the same way: by intimidation. The atmosphere there since he took office has been nothing less than oppressive. Maybe now that he will be gone January 1, the House can have some normal working conditions and maybe, just maybe, the parties can work together for the benefit of the PEOPLE of Georgia.

Just one more comment: I am amazed at Mr. Richardson’s temerity to suggest that “chasing skirts” is the normal pattern of business around the Capitol. I know it happens…in both parties, but it doesn’t have to. The Repulicans need to lay off their claim to “family values.” They have definitely demonstrated they don’t have a corner on that market.

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