Your morning jolt: Glenn Richardson’s overseas phone call to Sonny Perdue

House Speaker Glenn Richardson informed Gov. Sonny Perdue of his attempted suicide last week, before the matter became public.

“I talked to him in a very personal, emotional conversation. I told him I wanted to visit with him as soon as I got back, because we all want to help him be successful – not just politically, but to be successful personally,” Perdue said in a WSB-TV interview conducted in Dubai, where the governor is attending an air show.

WSB’s Lori Geary, who is traveling with the governor, said Perdue talked to Richardson during a flight between Afghanistan – where the governor was visiting U.S. troops – to Germany.

“I told him there are a lot more important things out there than this other job that we do, which is public service,” Perdue said. “He and his family and his health is more important than any other political decision there. I know that while he is currently broken, he has a great ability to bounce back.”

Details of the incident from Paulding County law enforcement authorities, as reported in this morning’s AJC, can be found here.

Atlanta mayoral candidate Mary Norwood ruffled some feathers last week when she bowed out early of one press conference and failed to show last week.

Here’s what Doug Richards of WXIA-TV posted today on his personal blog, Live Apartment Fire:

Mary Norwood’s history has always been one of accessibility and courtesy. One-on-one, she’s engaging, humorous and personable. Given an opportunity, Norwood will chat with a reporter until the reporter runs out of questions. This happened Monday when, with campaign manager Roman Levitt’s help, I talked with Norwood outside of City Hall. She had no handlers present.

Unprovoked, she expressed regrets about the previous week’s media mismanagement. “I wish the staff would have handled that differently,” she said. A sucker for honesty, I felt sympathy for her. She’s in the political fight of her life. A WXIA poll released Monday showed that her commanding lead has disappeared.

The following sorority-row tidbit comes from today’s three-man column in the Marietta Daily Journal:

…Marietta’s Donna Gamble is sharing a cell with former Georgia school superintendent Linda Schrenko at the Federal Correctional Institution in central Florida.

Schrenko was sentenced to eight years in prison in 2006 after pleading guilty to fraud and money laundering.

Gamble, meanwhile pleaded guilty to 22 counts of theft in August 2008 stemming from $300,000 in charges made on a card issued to her when she worked at Georgia Tech. She’s serving a 32-month sentence.

At age 77, going on 78, former Atlanta mayor and U.N. ambassador Andrew Young is taking the dip into social media. Last week, he launched a Facebook page and began experimenting with Twitter.

On Monday, he posted a video, on a fan page, no less, explaining himself:

I kind of thought about this when a fellow in Mozambique asked me for my e-mail. This was about 10 years ago and I didn’t have an e-mail. And I realized that the world was getting way ahead of me. And that somehow we had to find a way to be a part of this global communication revolution – a revolution in understanding.

So do your good turn for the day and friend/follow a man of history. Then take a look at these items found while perusing this morning’s

  • Delta lease sails through Atlanta City Council.
  • ‘Last call’ at 4 a.m. in Atlanta? Official says city should study the idea.
  • Police union endorses Kasim Reed for mayor of Atlanta.
  • Atlanta city officials win ruling on airport advertising deal.
  • Fulton County could slash services, cut jobs.
  • College Park installing security cameras.
  • Cobb County parents protest shortened summer vacations in petition.
  • Clayton teacher charged with putting “hit” on student.
  • Gay community mourns loss of Southern Voice.
  • Jim Axel, 75: A voice from TV’s ‘era of quality.’
  • Some opinion:

  • New statewide water task force is focusing on three fronts at once.
  • GOP twists facts about the House health care plan.
  • 5,000 deaths a year can be stopped.
  • From elsewhere in Georgia:

  • MT: State recruiting assisted-living facilities to house former inmates.
  • WXIA: New poll shows dead heat in Atlanta mayor’s race.
  • And beyond:

  • Washington Times: GOP weighs filibuster of Obama judicial nominee.
  • NYT: GM shows signs of recover despite new loss.
  • LAT: National intelligence director to evaluate CIA missions.
  • For instant updates, follow me on Twitter.

    8 comments Add your comment

    Fed up with Sonny

    November 17th, 2009
    11:16 am

    So while me and my wife are taking our furlough days to help the state through it’s tough times, Sonny is flying his fat a$$ all over the middle east and attending an air show!?!! Why don’t he video message the soldiers and send them his regards and stay at home like everyone else in the state is having to do. And we wonder why the state never has money.


    November 17th, 2009
    11:29 am

    Richardson is going through a tough spell right now – no doubt. However, as compassionate as I am, it should be pointed out that the role of Speaker is one that demands a clear and focused mental state and is not a place for one with severe depression and suicidal tendencies.

    If Richardson has any respect for the people of Georgia, he will see this for himself and step down. He can’t do justice to his job while battling demons of this sort.

    professional skeptic

    November 17th, 2009
    12:53 pm

    Mike, I completely agree. My thoughts and prayers are with Speaker Richardson and his family, and I wish him the best on his road to recovery. However, he should step aside, especially considering our state’s next legislative session begins in January.


    November 17th, 2009
    1:58 pm

    Since you (Jim Galloway) closed comments on the 911 transcripts on Richardson’s suicide attempt, I’ll make my comments here…..

    You have no right to publicize the Speaker’s mom’s 911 call. Richardson did not murder anyone; he committed NO crime. The intimate details of his attempt should not be open to public scrutiny. This is a private matter. You should be ashamed to call yourself a journalist. One day, you or someone else in your family will make a bad personal decision that affects several lives. When that happens, I hope the AJC publishes the intimate details of that.

    You hack.


    November 17th, 2009
    5:16 pm

    Support my government takeover of healthcare please. My heart goes out to Glen and his family…..but in the meantime I want my government to control all parts of your life.


    November 17th, 2009
    5:24 pm

    Did we the taxpayers get to pay for the phone call? Maybe the IG needs to look in this!


    November 17th, 2009
    9:23 pm

    Perhaps the speaker woke up one day and realized what he and his fellow republicans have done to this state– that’s reason enough– to at least retire from politics…


    November 17th, 2009
    10:26 pm

    LTA – you and I might be in the same party, but yours is a LOW BLOW to everyone in the process.