It is about 21 miles from Decatur, where Sen. Emanuel Jones, lives to Riverdale, where Sen. Valencia Seay resides. It is about 10 steps from their offices inside a suite on the fourth floor of the State Capitol.
Seems like enough distance, but there is a turf war building.
Seay (D-Riverdale), went to the well of the Senate Wednesday and ripped Jones (D-Decatur), for his comments and involvement in the C-Tran matter. For the record, Jones had just spoken from the well about the need to do more on the issue.
Clayton County is less than two months away from having no public transportation.
“I rise to let it be known that I too care about the people of Clayton County. We have been working diligently on this matter,” Seay said. “And the last time I looked, the “C” in C-Tran stood for Clayton.”
Seay said it would cost about $12 million to keep the system running. Last October the Clayton Commission voted 4-1 to shut down C-Tran at the end of March because it was losing money.
Since the session started, Jones has held several meetings and rallies around the transportation issue. On Tuesday night, he spoke at the Clayton County Commissioners meeting and has said that issue is very important to the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus, of which he is the president.
Seay, who is a dues paying member of the caucus, said she has not seen any minutes from the body to suggest they take the matter on.
“Around here, we have a committee on state and local government. In local government, we typically respect the local politics of our colleagues,” Seay said. “I think what the senator from the 10th is doing is disrespectful.”
Jones quietly listened and smiled during Seay’s comments. When she exited the well, she gently tapped him on the shoulder. He left to get ready for Wednesday’s Black Caucus dinner and Seay tended to her grandchildren.
“Hey,” Seay said later. “We are suitemates, we are colleagues and we still have respect for each other.”
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