Wiles to crack GOP Whip in the Senate

The Senate has a new majority whip.

Republicans in the senate voted unanimously to elect Sen. John Wiles of Kennesaw to the position.

Wiles, who had been acting whip, had been the chief deputy whip for the 2010 Legislative Session.

He rose to power earlier this month with several members of the GOP were ousted from power after voting against the so-called “sick tax,”

That bill, HB 307, imposes a 1.45 percent hospital tax on patient revenue. Former whip, Mitch Seabaugh of Sharpsburg resigned from his position over the controversial vote.

Since then, Wiles had been the acting whip.

“I’m honored and humbled that my colleagues called me to serve the people of Georgia and the Senate in this leadership role.  I will continue to serve the people of Georgia, my district and the Republican Caucus with conservative values and integrity,” Wiles said.

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April 30th, 2010
9:48 am

Wow what a disappoint Wiles has become. And how sad that the Republican caucus has rewarded him for his lack of principals. How do you claim to be conservative, vote for expanded government, higher taxes, more fees and then get rewarded. I tell you how, our so called Republicans and Conservatives have sold their soul’s for power and prestige.

I for one am truly disappointed

Annie Ethel

April 30th, 2010
2:04 pm

Ladies and Gentlemen, may I direct your attention to a Drug court funding bill (see the substitute to HB 1053).
It provides that for certain drug and alcohol related offenses, there shall be an increase in fees that will fund county drug court programs.
In the House, listed offenses included those related to underage drinking.
The Senate, with the special attention of Senator Wiles, removed those provisions.


May 1st, 2010
2:08 pm

Well, I guess teenage drinkers will have a “special friend” in the General Assembly’s top echelons now. What an ethical sleezefest the incumbent party is. Can’t wait to flush them all out come November.

The Snark

May 5th, 2010
3:27 pm


If you’re going to vent about supposed lack of principles, at least spell it correctly. “Principal” means the chief administrator of a school, or the amount borrowed on a loan, such as “Georgia conservative have covered up their spending and paid for their tax cuts by borrowing millions in principal through bond issues.” “Principle” means a dearly held belief, such as “Georgia conservatives follow the principle that it is easier to get elected by cutting taxes and letting the delivery of government services go to hell than it is to govern responsibly.”