Breaking: Richardson to resign effective Jan. 1

Update 4:39 p.m. It’s official. The statement from Richardson follows. Key points are that he is resigning effective the first of the year and that he is, in addition to stepping down as speaker, also resigning his House seat rather than stay on as a legislator.

It’s also worth noting that Richardson accepts no blame for what has happened and admits no wrongdoing. He also doesn”t reference his ex-wife or her devastating television interview. He does, however, take a shot at the media.

Here’s the statement:

“Effective January 1, 2010, I will resign my position as Speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives and as state Representative for the 19th District in Paulding County.

It has been an honor to serve the citizens of Paulding County as their Representative for 14 years and as Speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives for the last five years. During this time, I have appreciated working with the members of the House and the people of Georgia to keep state government efficient and ensure a low tax burden for our fellow Georgians.

As Speaker, I have been well served by the entire staff of the House of Representatives, especially the staff in the Speaker’s Office. To each of them I offer my profound thanks for their tireless efforts. And to my many friends and supporters throughout the state, thank you for standing by me even in the most difficult times. My service would not have been possible without you.

I am confident that House Leadership will continue to lead the House and its members as they serve all Georgians to the best of their abilities.

I recently made public that I have suffered from depression for many years. I continue to seek treatment and have made progress in dealing with this disease. In making this public disclosure, it was my hope to raise awareness and encourage others who suffer from this disease to come forward and seek treatment. I fear that the media attention of this week has deflected this message and done harm to many people who suffer from this condition.

I am thankful for the opportunities my service afforded me to make Georgia’s future brighter. Though I will no longer be serving in elected office, my commitment to see a better tomorrow for our state remains. As always, I am confident that Georgia’s best days are still ahead.”

Update 3:15 p.m. Glenn Richardson will resign today at 4 p.m. during a conference call with House Republicans, sources close to the situation have said.

More to come on AJC.com

WSB-TV reported the resignation would be effective Dec. 31, but that could not immediately be confirmed.

Update 3:02 p.m.: Breaking news: House Republicans will have a conference call today at 4 p.m. It is not immediately clear if Glenn Richardson will be on the call or if it’s everyone BUT the speaker.

One House Republican said the message about the conference call was not clear. But what is clear, this lawmaker said, is “either it’s his resignation, or it’s the opening shot to his total, complete obliteration.”

If it’s not Richardson resigning, the lawmaker said, there will be a stream of legislators headed for the Capitol on Friday to sign the petition calling for his ouster. It only takes 20 signatures on the petition to force a vote of the GOP caucus to remove him.

Update 2:00 p.m.: Will he or won’t he? Since Richardson has yet to actually resign and there’s little but rumor out there right now, seems like a good time for a new poll! We’ve answered whether Richardson SHOULD resign, and of 621 votes, 90 percent said “yes.” Now, let’s see whether you believe he WILL resign. Vote early and often.

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Update 12:31 p.m.: The new head of the Georgia Christian Coalition has weighed in on the issue and said Richardson either needs to “effectively refute allegations of misconduct as a House member or resign his leadership post.”

Jerry Luquire, president of the GCC, also said those in top leadership positions now might not be the best choice to replace Richardson.

“The leadership team that has been willing to turn a blind eye to the speaker’s behavior and enabled him must take a share of the blame for this situation,” he said. “While these problems may be new to the public, the issues were well known. As the new speaker, I would like to see a person who was not afraid to challenge the status quo. We need the adults to start running the people’s House.”

Earlier this week, Sadie Fields, the head of the Georgia Christian Alliance, said “perhaps it is time for members of the House to re-evaluate the qualities they have a right to expect from their leader.”

Update 12:01 p.m.: State Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine has stopped short of calling for Richardson’s resignation.

“I call on all Georgians of faith to pray for wisdom and grace for our state leaders in this hour of difficulty,” Oxendine, a 2010  Republican candidate for governor, said in a statement. “No Georgia House members need nor require candidates exploiting this issue for political gain. I have confidence the majority caucus and the House as an institution will deal with this current situation.”

Oxendine’s statement would seem to refer to the call from earlier today by Karen Handel, one of his primary opponents in the race for governor, for Richardson to resign. Rep. Austin Scott, another GOP gubernatorial challenger, also today said he and the rest of the GOP caucus would act if Richardson doesn’t.

Asked for clarification on Oxendine’s statement, his campaign strategist Jeff Breedlove said that Oxendine “is saying that this is a matter for the House and that these Georgia leaders are the appropriate people to comment and that candidates do not help Georgia by attempting to exploit the matter.”

Update: 11:08 a.m.: The rumor mills are heating up again. While it’s accepted as fact at this point that Richardson will be resigning, the timing is still in question. At some point, as Rep. Austin Scott points out below, House members will lose patience and try and take action themselves.

But beyond the issue of Richardson leaving is the question of who takes over. Mark Burkhalter, the speaker pro tem, would assume the title immediately, but House rules require there to then be a new election for speaker within 120 days.

There are some members of the House GOP caucus who do not appreciate the idea that a select few of the top Republicans are trying to map out this process on their own, without consulting the group. If they feel that the fix is in, several House members have said they’ll seek an alternative to the chosen one.

A few names have been floated, but none have been confirmed. We won’t name them here now, because if they’re wrong those named could face reprisals and that’s not fair.

Update 9:41 a.m.: Republican Secretary of State Karen Handel said Thursday that Glenn Richardson should resign.

“It is clear that the speaker should resign immediately for the good of our state and our citizens.”

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Handel, a 2010 GOP candidate for governor, said while public officials are entitled to privacy, they are also held to a higher standard of scrutiny and responsibility.

“This current situation needs to be dealt with swiftly, so that we can begin the process of restoring confidence among Georgians and return our focus to the critical issues facing our state,” she said.

Original post:

A prominent House Republican on Thursday said “there will be new leadership shortly” in the House of Representatives.

Governmental Affairs Committee chairman Austin Scott (R-Tifton), a 2010 candidate for governor, said Thursday that House Speaker Glenn Richardson (R-Hiram) needs to act or Republicans will act for him.

“I know the (House Republican) caucus is going to do the right thing and there will be new leadership shortly,” Scott told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Thursday.

Meanwhile, a top House Democrat on Thursday said Richardson needs to resign now.

Speculation that Richardson would resign has intensified since his ex-wife, Susan, blistered Richardson in an interview with an Atlanta television station.

Susan Richardson told WAGA that before their divorce her husband had an affair with an Atlanta Gas Light lobbyist while the speaker was pushing legislation that would benefit the utility and that he threatened to beat her up.

If 20 Republican House members sign a petition and deliver it to the House clerk, a vote must be held of the Republican caucus. If a majority of the caucus votes to oust Richardson as speaker, he’s done and Speaker Pro Tem Mark Burkhalter (R-Johns Creek) would become speaker. Richardson would not, however, lose his House seat.

Richardson, Gov. Sonny Perdue, Burkhalter and Majority Leader Jerry Keen (R-St. Simon’s Island) met at the Governor’s Mansion late Wednesday evening. Sources close to the situation have said the meeting was intended to map out a plan for Richardson to resign. But Scott and others have indicated that if Richardson doesn’t act soon, his colleagues will act for him.

State law allows for members of the majority party in the House to force the resignation of the speaker for physical or mental disability. Richardson has said he suffers from depression and that he tried to kill himself on Nov. 8.

Also Thursday, Rep. Rob Teilhet (D-Smyrna), the Democrats’ chief deputy whip, said House Speaker Glenn Richardson can’t “credibly continue as speaker.”

Teilhet, a candidate for attorney general in 2010, said Richardson needs to resign.

“In light of the disclosure of threats of violence against his ex-wife and threats to use his official position to punish people for personal reasons, I do not believe he should continue to serve in a position of public trust,” Teilhet told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Susan Richardson said her ex-husband threatened to beat her up and to have the state patrol and GBI track her down after she left town for a weekend away with a new boyfriend.

According to e-mails Susan Richardson says she has, the AGL lobbyist feared she would be fired if her affair with Glenn Richardson became public. Richardson said he would “bring all hell” down on AGL would that happen.

Teilhet also said this saga should be the impetus for new ethics reform in the General Assembly.

“If the speaker leaves office, but we do not address the underlying culture of corruption that has allowed this to happen, we’ll do the people of Georgia a grave disservice,” Teilhet said.

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138 comments Add your comment

Jenny S

December 3rd, 2009
10:06 am

Yet another honest and moral politician.

Joshua Porter

December 3rd, 2009
10:14 am

White folks do stuff like this all the time. To bad Richardson isn’t Tiger Woods all this would have been swept under the rug and he would still have his job.

The AJC also needs to look into Nathan Deal a Candide for Gov of Georgia. He invested Millions of dollars to Wendell Spell who is now doing time for fraud. When questioned by the FBI he didn’t know anything about it, which was a BIG fat lie. He didn’t want to get caught up in something that would hurt his chances of Georgia Gov.

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F-105 Thunderchief

December 3rd, 2009
10:16 am

I could tell he was a bird dropping from his first second in office.

todd brickl

December 3rd, 2009
10:22 am

black folks do this all the time

Mr. Nobody

December 3rd, 2009
10:25 am

black folks do worse stuff than this all the time

Sick of it all...

December 3rd, 2009
10:28 am

Just another holier than thou jerk that needs to go…so pious on the outside and such a two faced, wife- cheating and influence peddling SOB in reality… such crap in the state house…makes me want to vomit….

Joshua Porter was racebaiting and you fell for it...

December 3rd, 2009
10:30 am

ATLdawg, ya dig?

December 3rd, 2009
10:31 am

Mark Burkhalter should have been the speaker all along. He’s intelligent, reasonable, and extremelly competent. Richardson is a bully and frankly too dumb to run Georgia. He’s kept a lot of good Republican talent bottled up.

jim

December 3rd, 2009
10:35 am

surprize another crooked 2 faced scumbag politition.

When will it END...

December 3rd, 2009
10:40 am

Every post in the AJC always has some racist comments. These people make me sick. Race has nothing to do with the vast majority of the articles written. STOP IT PLEASE !!

A woman scorned

December 3rd, 2009
10:57 am

Airing your dirty laundry in public is Tacky
but to destroy this career is stupid. This ex should grow up and realize the loss of
$3000.00 per month in child support is cutting off your nose to spite your face. What a ding-bat.

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Luck

December 3rd, 2009
10:58 am

Boo Hoo- black, white, purple, green, Glenn is out and the AGL comes clean. Wonder what other seedy stuff is going on??

mee

December 3rd, 2009
11:02 am

@ when will it end
you are so right I am so sick of the black white issue I try not to listen to anything no news no boortz o’reily no dereck boozman no jesse jackson because they are all peas in the same pod. When will this stop. every website, blog site and comments all racist.
Black this white that.

What??

December 3rd, 2009
11:06 am

What does his race have to do with anything?? Black, White, Red, Green…it doesn’t matter. Right is right, wrong is wrong. People kill me with the racist comments. It’s 2009, folks. C’mon, man!

barbara

December 3rd, 2009
11:06 am

When will it End, I totally agree wit you. When will it ever end ? Right is Right, and wrong is wrong. We all need to learn the difference.

GA Citizen

December 3rd, 2009
11:08 am

Richardson should have been run out of town long ago based on his policy positions. He wants nothing less than to end taxes, dismantle government and destroy the public school systems. The personal stuff is just a reflection of his true (missing) character.

jdawg

December 3rd, 2009
11:12 am

You know what….I really do not care who he is with…so on and so on…my fault is with the ethics committee that did not do their job. How do we know for sure, she may have this and that….how about the judge in Paulding County….it continues statewide….yes, he has problems…them vote him out….

tomkat1

December 3rd, 2009
11:15 am

Richardson will have to resign because republicans don’t get impeached for this type of behavior. Only democrats.

mark

December 3rd, 2009
11:16 am

Who shoved Richardson down our throats for this position in the first place??

Many people supported Burkhalter for the position and we were NEVER told why he lost out to this loser anyway…The pols just do as they please…The hell with us voters and citizens.

LOL

December 3rd, 2009
11:17 am

@What??

I totally agree with your statement. It doesn’t matter what your race, sex, or party affiliation is. Your actions speak louder than words. To be quite honest, I’m ashamed of both parties and what they’ve done both at the state and national level. We all have imperfections and flaws, but there seems to be too many temptations for these people that hold office.

silent jay

December 3rd, 2009
11:36 am

Armed. Dangerous. Off his medication.

Everything Georgia looks for in an elected official.

TocoHills

December 3rd, 2009
11:41 am

So Richardson had an affair? How’s that “sanctity of marriage” thing working out for you? It’s too bad he couldn’t keep it in his pants- Richardson was a supporter of Sunday sales.

md

December 3rd, 2009
11:42 am

Why won’t the AJC publish the name of the lobbyist. She is center to this scandal just as much as Richardson, his wife and AGL. Lobbyists are public figures. Is it because she is a woman and the AJC is protecting her???

GoodScout

December 3rd, 2009
11:59 am

I pray for an inter-party catfight with lots of bloodletting. Maybe the Dems should identify the disgruntled and make a deal to screw over the Republican powers that be.

tv

December 3rd, 2009
11:59 am

Publish it yerself. Get State Ethics Commission website, click on lobbyists, search by group, using “agl” for the year 2005, see how many female lobbyists were registered. If you want a pic, look 2006 file.

RUKidding

December 3rd, 2009
12:11 pm

How rich, Ox saying not to exploit a matter. He is the master of exploitation.

Matt

December 3rd, 2009
12:11 pm

‘White folks do stuff like this all the time. To bad Richardson isn’t Tiger Woods all this would have been swept under the rug and he would still have his job’.

Joshua Porter- I don’t think any race wants to claim you or Richardson anymore. You do a disservice to us all by *attemping to* point(ing) out our race’s few differences instead of their vast amount of similarities. You think if Tom Brady cheated on Gisele, wrecked his car, etc. that it would be ’swept under the rug’? Nope, news headlines for months. He is an icon, just like Tiger, and the American public loves to be all up in the business of their icons.

It is 2009 and your less racist peers are probably blowing you by these days. Pop that ignorant race card back in your pocket and start realizing you’re part of the problem, not the solution.

Ga Resident

December 3rd, 2009
12:24 pm

I wonder if its the lobbyist that has hockey tickets on her expenditure report with Glenn Richardson’s name listed in November of 2005.

Historian

December 3rd, 2009
12:25 pm

This is nothing new peoeple. These situations have a long colorful history in American politics. Know your history? Guess who:

“Ought a convicted adulteress and her paramour husband be placed in the highest office of this free and Christian land?”

“Ma, Ma, where’s my Pa? Gone to Washington, ha ha ha”

“hideous hermaphroditical character”

“the son of a half-breed Indian squaw, sired by a Virginia mulatto . . .”

pb

December 3rd, 2009
12:25 pm

Joshua Porter;

If you are trying to stir up racial issues, you did a good job, even if you are wrong. Easy to try to make it racial, when race is irrelevant. This guy, Richardson, is a jerk and hypocrite and unfit to be Speaker, no matter what color.

You Distort, We Deride

December 3rd, 2009
12:26 pm

Another hypocrite from the family values brigade. Democrats cheat on their wives and Democrats curry favor from lobbyists. But Democrats have never run on a mantra of ethical superiority.

By the way, considering the fact that Georgia has been run by fiscal conservatives, why is our state broke?

Elaine

December 3rd, 2009
12:29 pm

Just saw photo of agl lobbist……not a beauty…what did he see in her. His wife is hot!!

Barbara Cofer

December 3rd, 2009
12:30 pm

Citizens do deserve the best representation in government. Richardson needs to get his act together. He sounds like he is out of control. Even so, doesn’t he deserve the rights of any citizen? If someone has a disability, to fire them is discrimination. Possibly, much of the behavior has to do with his mental health issues. If he gets help shouldn’t he be given a second chance?

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Mr. Grumpy

December 3rd, 2009
12:36 pm

“No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public.” — H. L. Mencken

Aaron Gould Sheinin

December 3rd, 2009
12:36 pm

Barbara, that’s an interesting thought. I don’t think anti-discrimination rules would apply here because state law specifically allows for the removal of the House speaker for physical or mental disability, if a majority of the Republican caucus votes that such a disability exists. Let me look for the statute again, and I’ll post in the comments for you.

Vote For Pedro

December 3rd, 2009
12:40 pm

He is Republican, so isn’t this what he was elected to do?

Aaron Gould Sheinin

December 3rd, 2009
12:40 pm

Md, I asked my managing editor, Bert Roughton, for a response to your question. This is what he said: “We’ve decided not to identify her because she has not been named in any official way.”

scott

December 3rd, 2009
12:41 pm

ANOTHER REPUBLICAN HYPOCRITE…..THE KILLING PART IS THEY CLAIM TO BE SO RELIGIOUS AND HOLIER THAN THOU.

Yosemite Sam

December 3rd, 2009
12:46 pm

Oxendine’s statement is proof again that he is a man without a backbone. Even a candidate for governor knows when a person has been bad or not. Give me a break.

Left in the South

December 3rd, 2009
1:04 pm

Georgians WAKE UP. After 8 years of Republican rule what progress has Georgia made? A total Repug PSC that has never denied a rate hike for GA Power. A legislature that gave Ga Power another rate hike to pay for nuclear plant. GO FISH from Sonny, HA! Who are the biggest fools? The Repug leadership or the majority of dumbass Georgians that voted for them.

billy bob from cobb

December 3rd, 2009
1:30 pm

We kept a pres. who liked to play with cigars and interns and we just elected a muslim wanna be so why shouldnt he keep his job till the next election.

A W in Atlanta

December 3rd, 2009
1:34 pm

I don’t understand the comparison to Tiger Woods. The reality is that a golf player can do nothing to or for me as an American. He doesn’t broker deals with AGL, he doesn’t pass legislation that affects me. If he cheats on his wife, there’s no consequence to me. Glenn Richardson, however, does affect me. If he is making decisions that affect me based on an affair with a lobbyist, then yes, the inappropriate relationship is my business. Swept under the rug my foot. This needs to be dealt with, and quickly. And not only should he be dealt with, but the “ethics” committee that knew about this and let him get off.

silent jay

December 3rd, 2009
1:43 pm

Anyone else find the “One Day Sale” banner above Glenn’s pic in the AJC online highly appropriate?

ECDawg

December 3rd, 2009
1:53 pm

Why is the Republican party in this state constantly shooting itself in the head by putting idiots such as Richardson in positions of power? If he won’t resign, force him out…NOW! There are too many important issues that the state faces than having to deal with the personal problems of an self centered lawyer/politician.

We also do not need egomanics such as Oxendine or Handel elected either. Certainly we have better choices than these two or a dredged up King Roy for the Democrats.

I have been voting Republican, but continuing stupid incidents such as these makes me wonder why……..

Ron

December 3rd, 2009
1:56 pm

Good point A W in Atlanta @1;34.

JR in GA

December 3rd, 2009
1:57 pm

These state scumbags are just like the national scumbags… we need to vote them all out and start over and set term limits that will stop these career politicians going bad after too many years in office and too much addition to power.

It’s out lives and our money these losers control.

wahoo wah

December 3rd, 2009
2:05 pm

Keep him. Richardson is a true representative of his party-corrupt and a hypocrite-and the voters need to have him in front of them as a reminder of all he and the Replutocrats really stand for.

JohnAtl

December 3rd, 2009
2:08 pm

Don’t look now, but we are hopefully witnessing the implosion of the Georgia Republican Party.

billy bob from cobb

December 3rd, 2009
2:22 pm

Maybe we should just pander to blacks and gays. It seems to be working for the democrats

jeremy

December 3rd, 2009
2:30 pm

DUDE…did they provide you with the call-in number? If so, send it along…

Damnthebutcher

December 3rd, 2009
2:32 pm

Another dishonest Republican. Lets see it’s beena bad week for the Rep. Huckabee turned loose a 4 time cop killer. Glenn Richardson is a crook.

Yosemite Sam

December 3rd, 2009
2:32 pm

The Who said it best in “We Won’t Be Fooled Again”. The line in the song goes, “Meet the new boss, same as the old boss” or something like that. It’s time for a legitimate third party in this nation.

Damnthebutcher

December 3rd, 2009
2:34 pm

Anybody got a pic of the lady ( I use that word lightly)that he was banging? Was she worth it?

jeremy

December 3rd, 2009
2:36 pm

“Jerry Luquire, president of the GCC, also said those in top leadership positions now might not be the best choice to replace Richardson…”

Because Georgia can’t have a Jewish guy be House Speaker now can we? Even if he is smart, effective and well-liked.

professional skeptic

December 3rd, 2009
2:41 pm

John Oxendine doesn’t want to comment because he’s not exactly squeaky clean himself. He took illegal campaign contributions, his daddy is an ex-judge who’s as crooked as they come, and apples don’t fall far from the tree.

OxNJail

December 3rd, 2009
3:00 pm

Oxendine has a lot more on him than just some campaign contributions and a crooked father.

roy barnes

December 3rd, 2009
3:05 pm

Ralph Reed , Jack Abrahamoff (sp?) Glenn Richardson. they are the true leaders of our time. Christian coaltion , gullable. Can someone please tell me the core prinicples of the party? how abput the threat to use the GSP to stalk his wife, drunk with power…republicans

Zero Hour has arrived — Peach Pundit

December 3rd, 2009
3:08 pm

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Really?

December 3rd, 2009
3:23 pm

Porter,
Really?? You think Deal was involved in the spell ponzi scam? What did you find out in the public court records when every invester was listed by the US Attorney? Was Deal’s name listed? NO!! Maybe the AJC will take your advice and print the investors to the scheme.

Ga Resident

December 3rd, 2009
3:25 pm

You can find her picture at http://ethics.georgia.gov/. Just type in the information you know. You will have to narrow it down to someone that was there in 2005 as well as 2006. The picture will be on the 2006 selection.

Sweet Georgia Girl

December 3rd, 2009
3:31 pm

I’ve always believed that what goes around comes around. Richardson is an arrogant, egotistical politician who browbeats anyone who disagrees with him. He carries personal grudges and vendettas that are clearly inappropriate for a Representative. When one is in the political arena, they should conduct themselves accordingly. He would have single handedly destroyed the property tax system without having a good plan to replace it – simply because doing away with property tax is a good platform on which to get re-elected. I applaud the Senate and Governor for having defeated him in previous sessions. None of us like paying property taxes, but without it or something to replace it – we have no services from our local governments. I, for one, wouldn’t want to live in a county that can’t provide police and fire protection to my family.
His private life is his own and I don’t condemn him because of his medical problems, if in fact, he truly has them. But I do believe one in his position should be above reproach and he clearly has his own agenda – not the best interests of the citizens of Georgia.

Falcon Josh

December 3rd, 2009
3:35 pm

Why December 31? So he can get a holiday bonus? So long and dont let the door hit you in the a$$ on the way out.

howard

December 3rd, 2009
3:39 pm

Richardson….over and out…

[...] Glenn Richardson will resign today at 4 p.m. during a conference call with House Republicans, sources close to the situation have said. [...]

Aaron Gould Sheinin

December 3rd, 2009
3:40 pm

FJ, that is a good point, actually. Not that there’d be a bonus, but I wonder if there’s something to do with years of service for the pension. Hmmmm. Have to check that one out.

Paulding

December 3rd, 2009
3:49 pm

I am very sad today that another good man was taken down by a evil woman. Susan is case you didn’t know it you just took out your meal ticket. 2 husband down and how many more to come.

I.M. Fed Up

December 3rd, 2009
3:52 pm

Give me a break. He messed up his life for THAT? Unfortunately, most of the Representatives in the Georgia House have been told how to vote and have followed Richardson’s music or his heavy handed methods. I know in our area Representative KD of District 13 (Rome) has never voted against the Speaker’s directions to the detriment of the city. Who is going to tell them how to vote now? Expecially those who have never had an original thought?

Falcon Josh

December 3rd, 2009
3:54 pm

Yea, I bet that is something to look into. Thanks Aaron

I.M. Fed Up

December 3rd, 2009
3:57 pm

Resigning or forcing out is just one part of the equation. What about pursuing criminal charges for his role in getting the AGL bill passed? Who will pursue that forceably and quickly? Please don’t tell me the hand puppets on the Ethic Committee.

vince round

December 3rd, 2009
4:02 pm

WOW! how will the republican party know how to vote without Glen there to tell him. “i am going to sick the gni and the state patrol on you” . christian colaition where do you go from here. Roy Barnes post forgot to mention nathan deal and his salvage yard. who would ever think that the democrats would be the party of moral fiber.

Pensacola dawg

December 3rd, 2009
4:04 pm

Wow…Nathen Deal has dealings with Wendell Spell..hmmm somebody needs to take a good look at this

aggie fuller

December 3rd, 2009
4:07 pm

nathan deal was once a democrat but decideded to switch to the party with core family values

DJ

December 3rd, 2009
4:09 pm

THANK GOD. One less morally bankrupt reactionary mouth-breather trying to force his narrow world view down our throats. I wonder which knuckle-dragging troglodyte the party of bitter old white christers will nominate to take his place as speaker.

tom haleer

December 3rd, 2009
4:09 pm

how about those republicans who had the balls to vote against glenn when david raulston ran for speaker, shouldn’t they get the nod for leadership . seems that they weren’t too far off to the right. core values …that’s a good one.

JohnAtl

December 3rd, 2009
4:11 pm

Paulding – Are you for real with this “another good man was taken down by an evil woman” garbage?

Now I know who keeps voting for these tools……..

lee hotard

December 3rd, 2009
4:12 pm

roy barnes destroyed the democrats…Glenn obliterated the republicans. how about losing all that power you once had.

Falcon Josh

December 3rd, 2009
4:14 pm

I had to look up troglodyte. Great word!!!! Right on DJ

bill olvier

December 3rd, 2009
4:15 pm

pauling county is where the speaker calls home, maybe someone there will take him in, realestate sales down, he has no income and will lose 98k per year from his salary…ouch but i am sure he found god again and will overcome his temptations.

rickA

December 3rd, 2009
4:18 pm

Spending taxpayer money on an affair that happened three years ago is foolish in these economic times. He has been a good Speaker. This is just politics as usual in the Capitol. Quit wasting our money and get back to work

cheryl

December 3rd, 2009
4:19 pm

What kind of father has affair(s) knowing it was wrong for his family and then ask his wife to lie for him while holding the bible. He is going to hell!!

JOY

December 3rd, 2009
4:21 pm

Glen Richardson is a Hypocrite. His Bank and greed had destroyed the lives of many people. He is a cheat and he is using depression and threats of suicide as Power. He is a Sociapath. His ex-wife should be applauded.

seth c.

December 3rd, 2009
4:23 pm

Republican Party white angry old men (now add horny)

glee

December 3rd, 2009
4:25 pm

As Speaker, I have been well served by the entire staff of the House of Representatives

tc

December 3rd, 2009
4:32 pm

my commitment to see a better tomorrow for our state remains…….give me a break, since repubs in charge GA has been sinking steadily, nationally GWB put us in such a hole, not sure we will ever be as good as we were…..

Reality Train

December 3rd, 2009
4:42 pm

“I call on all Georgians of faith to pray for wisdom and grace for our state leaders in this hour of difficulty,” Oxendine, a 2010 Republican candidate for governor, said in a statement.

I see that The Ox can “talk the talk ” of invoking prayer and religion. I wonder if he “walks the walk”. It seems that those politicians who try too hard to be reverent and “faith filled” usually can’t stand up to scrutiny. If he is going to promote his religious views and try to appeal to other people for whom religion is important (which he does on his website and in many of his public comments I have seen), I hope that he doesn’t turn out to be another hypocritical windbag. I am going to trust that he is indeed a man of integrity and not just another politician cynically pandering to the religious right.

Richardson’s statement. — Peach Pundit

December 3rd, 2009
4:44 pm

[...] Here it is. “Effective January 1, 2010, I will resign my position as Speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives and as state Representative for the 19th District in Paulding County. [...]

BHO

December 3rd, 2009
4:47 pm

Being gay is a sin. Repent now before Barak is elected for another 4 years..

All I'm Saying Is...

December 3rd, 2009
4:50 pm

Good riddance and don’t let the door hit ya’ where the Good Lord split ya’ because your holier than thou yet morally bankrupt butt will NOT be missed.

Insider

December 3rd, 2009
4:52 pm

So they replaced an adulterer with a guy with even more skeletons in his closet. great job republicans. way to show some moral leadership.

BHO

December 3rd, 2009
4:55 pm

Hey Insider………take a look at your side of the asile…..the Dems……OMG I just did….and it scared me too!!!

James

December 3rd, 2009
5:00 pm

I wonder why Glenn Richardson was so opposed to gay marriage. I assume he was afraid they might actually take their vows seriously and do a better job in their relationship than he did in his. Another Republican hypocrite bites the dust! Good riddance.

Eleanor

December 3rd, 2009
5:02 pm

A Woman Scorned – do you honestly think that his resignation relieves him of his child support obligation? Not hardly. Just like anyone else paying child support, he still has that obligation as well as the spousal support ordered by the Court for whatever period of time it is awarded for. His own arrogance is what caused his down fall. And as for Nathan Deal, indeed he should be investigated; and no matter what, the name of the lobbyist involved should also be made public. She knew he was married when she got messed up with him so she should not be protected.

the rest of the story

December 3rd, 2009
5:13 pm

Oxendine shouldn’t throw stones, while living in a glass house. Everyone who is in the inner circle of politics knows Oxendines reputation with the women. Grab your babies and your old ladies… That’s why he falls short of making a statement, all Richardson has to do is tell on him.

Frustrated Georgian

December 3rd, 2009
5:14 pm

Alas, and it goes “another one bites the dust”, please leave the race bating off your comments people, is their anyone with enough intelligence to just post about the situation and not whether its a black or white thing, grow up Georgians, become more responsible in 2010…

Chicken farmer

December 3rd, 2009
5:21 pm

Glenn Richardson? What a turd head! He’ll wind up down in Bonaire with Sonny drowning worms in the boondogle “Go Fish” pond and the two of them will be able to reminisce and giggle about how both of them screwed the State of Georgia.

Mr. Rufus

December 3rd, 2009
5:30 pm

I’ve been in two meetings with Mr. Richardson; his demeanor makes Darth Vader seem like Gomer Pyle in comparison. His dark side is pervasive.

M. Johnson

December 3rd, 2009
5:35 pm

I find it interesting that House Republicans knew of Richardson’s indiscretions with the lobbyist, but no one considered it a problem — or sought his resignation — until his ex-wife talked to the media.

There is more than one rotten apple here.

The REAL GodHatesTrash

December 3rd, 2009
5:39 pm

Good to see this piece of trash fall off his high horse.

He’s pure Georgia trash, elected by pure Georgia trash.

The REAL GodHatesTrash

December 3rd, 2009
5:42 pm

Looks like Richardson suffers from depression.

As well as whoremongering, and thieving from the state.

bart

December 3rd, 2009
5:53 pm

He can blame the media all he wants, but it was his transgressions that got him in trouble. As a man who suffers from depression, I agree with his wife…this was all just for attention and sympathy. Even thogh I suffer from depression, I have never cheated on my wife, nor have I wanted to. This guy’s a joke.

Carter is a Fool

December 3rd, 2009
6:02 pm

Any word on a financial settlement that might have been cooked up for this morally bankrupt power hungry fool? I sure hope he is only qualified for unemployment payments.

LTBROWN

December 3rd, 2009
6:14 pm

Oh boy! The AJC posters are more racist then the Sun Herald’s [South Mississippi]. That should make you all proud. No wonder your politicians are no good. From your comments, you’re to busy hating each other to care. NO RACE HAS A MONOPOLY ON GOOD OR BAD! THE HUMAN RACE MAKES ERRORS. THAT’S WHAT QUALIFIES YOU AS HUMAN. Reach one, teach one.
Glad to see that the Sun Herald isn’t #50 on the racist blog list. Since Ms is last in every other poll that counts. But hey, Georgia may take our place. Keep hating.

the rest of the story

December 3rd, 2009
6:14 pm

my previous statement was not published b/c it has to do with Oxendine and HIS ethics….all i have to say is the evils Richardson has are similiar to his. period. read between the lines. Thats a good reason not to take a stand..

Willie Martinez

December 3rd, 2009
6:15 pm

I need a job. 30-24 gotta love Tech..

South GA Repub

December 3rd, 2009
6:23 pm

This is about a hypocritical, 10-feet tall and bullet-proof individual- it has nothing to do with his party.

The ONLY difference is that the Democrats don’t force their cheating adulterers to resign! I see this as a plus, not a liability, for the GOP.

He got what he deserves but unfortunately his ex probably loses her alimony and child support.

I looked up the female AGL lobbyists in 2005 and 2006- actually, there are three of them. The man should be thrown out for idiocy alone- they are all trolls (my apologies to the 2 innocent women) compared to his wife. But you know the old saying- “for every beautiful woman, there is at least one man somewhere who hates her guts.”

Oh Intown Writer...

December 3rd, 2009
6:26 pm

How come none of you are positing the benefit of the affair with the lobbyist? What was the gain? She ain’t as hot as his wife – sex is as much about power as it is about lust; if the eyecandy ain’t there, what about the power/lucre? The affair was very nominally looked into, as they never asked the wife (!), so why was the original investigation possibly so thin? Money makes the world go round, and Richardson’s power trips were patently obvious to regular folks watching the nightly news. What was the benefit?

sally

December 3rd, 2009
6:30 pm

Did anyone REALLY expect him to accept responsibility? Although I’m very disappointed over the Tiger situation, at least he has accepted responsibility for his problems. Thankfully GR is gone. Maybe the Georgia Republicans can actually accomplish something with a new leader.

catlady

December 3rd, 2009
6:34 pm

It would be best to boot him out NOW, rather than giving him another $8000+ in salary. And it would send a message that if you do stuff like this, we won’t wait till it is convenient with you to resign. PUT HIM OUT NOW!

In addition, charge him with anything possible. And launch an investigation of the “work” of the Ethics Committee. They need to be booted as well.

gone4good

December 3rd, 2009
6:36 pm

I don’t care what political party you belong to, or what color you are, Glenn Richardson is a loose cannon. His ex-wife needs to protect herself and her children.

Juicy

December 3rd, 2009
6:38 pm

Glenn Richardson is bipolar and needs help. Kudos to his ex-wife for getting out and speaking up. I pray that she will be vigilante in taking care of herself.

Ron

December 3rd, 2009
6:41 pm

Just ask any random legislator how they felt about Richardson (REP or DEM) . They may answer or they may just roll their eyes. If they disagreed with him or a vote he had evil ways of getting revenge.

Santa

December 3rd, 2009
6:44 pm

Does this mean that the election for a new speaker will be 120 days after his resignation becomes effective? Won’t that put it off until after the session?

catlady

December 3rd, 2009
6:45 pm

At least one person who wants his job has many “indiscretions” in his own married life. We need to watch out. When you do that, you open yourself up to blackmail, among other things.

If the Republican party would quit being the family values party, they could mess around and not be so heavily laughed at when they are caught.

If he is convicted of a crime, he cannot draw his retirement pay (great pay and benefits for a few years of part-time work, yet other state employees have to work long years and long months to get retirement pay) can he? It will have to go to paying for his jail room and board and for his child and former wife support, right?

RLM

December 3rd, 2009
6:47 pm

TIGER WOODS IS NOT AN ELECTED OFFICIAL. MR RICHARDSON IS. THIS IS NOT ABOUT RACE. WHY DOES THIS ALWAYS HAVE TO BE BROUGHT INTO EVERYTHING. IF THE WHITE AND BLACK RACISTS WOULD JUST GET OVER IT THE REST OF OF WOULD BE GLAD. THE RACISTS ARE BROKEN RECORDS THAT EVERYONE ELSE IS TIRED OF. YES, THAT MEANS KASSIM REED ALSO.

Kevin

December 3rd, 2009
6:59 pm

I sure wish my fellow Repubs would learn this simple fact: The people that run on “family values” issues generally are the most morally corrupt.

But, I’m sure my wish will fall on deaf ears. You lemmings will line up to support any fool who beats the gay marriage or abortion drum. And you’ll continue to be played like a cheap fiddle.

Aaron Gould Sheinin

December 3rd, 2009
7:00 pm

Santa (love the name BTW), it means the election must be held WITHIN 120 days. It could, yes, put it off until after the session. We’re watching for that.

POX

December 3rd, 2009
7:03 pm

A POX on all these politician disasters – Republican and Democrat.

If you don’t believe in public service, honesty, and working for the common good – please stay home and don’t ever run for office. We are sick of this and sick of both parties constantly fighting and one upmanship, while we citizens suffer the consequences and bear all the expense. Reid, Pelosi, McConnell, and all the rest in Georgia are you listening?

You Distort/We Deride

December 3rd, 2009
7:10 pm

What a coward. Taking a swipe at the media when his own character flaws were at the core of his demise. Go seek treatment for your illness, Mr. Speaker. The fact that you still fashion yourself as a legitimate source of strength for those suffering from mental illnesses only shows how irresponsible you have become. Selling out Georgians for a little on the side is not an indication of a mental illness. It’s political heresy. Go away.

Janine

December 3rd, 2009
7:10 pm

Not only are the race comments disgusting, but so are the partisan attacks. Whatever happened to voting for and supporting the best man (or woman) for the job? While I may be registered as one party, I do not simply vote ONLY based on what letter follows a name. I vote for the person who has integrity, is committed to representing his constituents, and whose political views are closest to my own. Yes, more often than not, the poltical views match the party I am affiliated with. However, that is not always the case.

What bothers me more than anything today is how people have knee-jerk reactions against the opposite party (even if the person is a good person!) That is just plain stupid and close-minded. How did we get so polarized that people no longer can even research all sides of issues before deciding? People seem to be wearing blinders and only follow what they have been told with no questioning–even if it is obvious that what they have been told is a lie!!! Has this country lost its mind??

You Distort/We Deride

December 3rd, 2009
7:12 pm

Janine.

Yours is the voice of reason. You are not alone.

eebj

December 3rd, 2009
7:17 pm

i thin that glenn richardson was a good speaker its all about a jilted and vinditive wife she is not as incocent as she pretend to be also the speaker own party members some of them want to profit from this situations they are just like buzzards waiting for the kill selah.

Love

December 3rd, 2009
7:17 pm

I am calling for his ARREST!!!! Not only was he immoral but he broke the law as soon as he used the GBI to follow his ex-wife, as well as give the Georgia Natural Gas Company/Atlanta Gas Light the contract because of his mistress. Resignation my behind throw him in JAIL!!!!!!

Ron

December 3rd, 2009
7:20 pm

While it is true that the idiot would still have to pay child support etc. if one’s income changes significantly the matter can be taken back to court for a “modification” either up or down based on the income change. P.S. In a case like this it would be very “ill-advised” to attempt to hide any income etc.

Alan

December 3rd, 2009
7:44 pm

Enter your comments here

Does this power-hungry politician realize the depression and grief he’s caused the Georgia gay and lesbian community? No!

This turkey attempted suicide. Many gays and lesbians, particularly young gays and lesbians, have attempted suicide two or three times because of politicans like Richardson, who use the GLBT community for political gain.

Mr. Richardson only cares about his OWN MEMBER and about himself. I can hear the violins playing in the background as he composed this *&*()%^&&*$@@!#^. Nice try!

It’s absolutely absurd to express his gratitude for serving the state of Georgia. Sure! Sorry, buddy. The perks and power are history now.

You’re no longer a big fish in a big pond. Keep up the good fight, though, to be a big fish in a much smaller pond. Remember, use your old tricks and intimidate people, again. You’re simply a big bully and your bullying days are over in the Georgia House.

Are we really surprised you’re trying to intimidate Susan? Not one bit!

DishServedCold

December 3rd, 2009
8:04 pm

…and the knees of the worthless underlings in the LOB have begun shaking once again. That means people like you, Craig Foster.

Alan

December 3rd, 2009
8:47 pm

I assume Richardson may have erectile dysfunction. I’ve heard depression and erectile dysfunction go hand-in-hand.

So Richardson has HARD feelings about being forced out of office. So be it! No doubt that’s the only thing he has that’s hard.

Mark

December 3rd, 2009
9:00 pm

De nile (denial) is not just a river in Egypt!

Mark

December 3rd, 2009
9:02 pm

Oh, please Alan! Why does the gay and lesbo community think it has to be singled out because of what you do behind closed doors?? Get over it! We don’t care!!

Freedom5

December 3rd, 2009
9:19 pm

He is first and foremost a hypocritical scumbag, and gives a bad name to those suffering from depression.

Alan

December 3rd, 2009
9:32 pm

Mark,

Lesbo? I assume you know the correct spelling.

You may not care but a lot of people do care.

Being gay or lesbian encompasses so much more than what we do behind closed doors.

Three of my friends and I had dinner at a restaurant last night. Our service from the waiter was less than stellar. A lot less than stellar. The waiter seemed to be so courteous and smiley with the other restaurant patrons but not with us. No! He didn’t even acknowledge us once.

Of course he didn’t refill our water glasses. And of course our food didn’t arrive at our table in a timely manner. Not only was our food cold but so was the waiter. Ice cold.

Alan

December 3rd, 2009
10:01 pm

Juicy,

I agree. I wish only the best for Susan Richardson.

Finally, there was a woman strong enough to NOT stand by her man.

Allan

December 4th, 2009
10:40 am

todd brickl & Mr. Nobody, What does race have to do with this? Read the article! Go somewhere else and spew your racist comments. Your parents and grandparents have tainted your small minds with hatred. Get out of here!

Allan

December 4th, 2009
10:45 am

Excellent point AW.

Replacement?

December 4th, 2009
11:55 am

Aaron – You have reported regarding the election of a new speaker, but what about a replacement for his seat for District 19? Is someone appointed or does a special election get held? If it is an election, how is someone going to be in place prior to the start of the session? Does District 19 just go unrepresented for this session?

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