A cautious answer about House Speaker Glenn Richardson

Over at Gold Dome Live, my AJC colleague Aaron Gould Sheinin just finished a conversation with House Majority Leader Jerry Keen.

Keen wouldn’t comment on comments from the ex-wife of House Speaker Glenn Richardson. Susan Richardson accused her former spouse of harassment and said his recent suicide attempt was an effort to “guilt” her into reconciliation.

More important, when asked whether the speaker should resign, Keen didn’t say yes, but he didn’t say no:

“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.”

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Ira in East Lake

December 1st, 2009
12:50 pm

Richardson is a bully and a coward.

If he gets to keep being Speaker, women of teh GOP take note: the boys in power don’t respect you.

Capitol Insider

December 1st, 2009
12:57 pm

Give the Richardsons some peace.

Chris Broe

December 1st, 2009
1:33 pm

Notice how much Susan Richardson looks like Valerie Plame. I wonder if Cheney snitched on Glenn about the affair with the Jezebel?

Churchill's MOM

December 1st, 2009
1:42 pm

All I can say is that it is really hard to be a Republican woman in Georgia. If Handel isn’t elected Governor, like many of my friends I will become an Independent.


December 1st, 2009
1:49 pm

Richardson has been an embarrassment to the Republican Party since day one. If House GOP members continue to hold him up as their best and brightest then this issue will be solved by a Democratic majority.

F-105 Thunderchief

December 1st, 2009
1:59 pm

Keen will come back and say, “Well, Glenn told us every think is OK. So, we said, ‘OK then.’ And, uh, that’s about it. Now, let’s talk about immigration reform and tax cuts.”


December 1st, 2009
2:13 pm


What does the Richardson problem have to do with Handel and her run for Gov? You have lost me. Absolutely Richardson should go, but then does that make all the GOP male candidates unqualifed? I don’t think so. If Handel is to win she needs to do two things. First is to create some seperation between her and Perdue. She is perceived has a Perdue clone. Second Handel needs to have the best ideas and run the best campaign. It has nothing to do with the Richardson meltdown.

Suzie - past paralegal to Glenn Richardson

December 1st, 2009
2:43 pm

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Suzie - past paralegal to Glenn Richardson

December 1st, 2009
2:52 pm

I worked for Glenn Richardson for almost 9 years. I resigned right after he was elected for my personal reasons involving my nephew who was 17 and committed suicide. Having had that tragic event in my life, I am glad he was not successful. I was working for Glenn even before he and Susan were married. While my instinct is to protect him, I think there is bigger issues here. I had a good work relationship with Glenn and had a good friendship with Susan and Glenn. He was definitely by far the best boss I have ever worked for. I often kept their children, even kept the youngest when she was only 6 wks old. I love this family and hope that everything is soon resolved. I have no comment on the political side of this I just want everyone to respect their privacy and especially remember the children.

Suzie - past paralegal to Glenn Richardson

December 1st, 2009
2:56 pm

I worked for Glenn for almost 9 years. I remember when he married Susan and was there for the births of their children He was a wonderful boss. I left for personal reasons when my nephew committed suicide at 17 years of age. The political side of this does not interest me. I am glad he did not succeed in his attempt. I had a wonderful working relationship with him and a great friendship with Susan. I often kept their children, even keeping the youngest when she was only 6 wks old. I love this family and my heart goes out to them.

Paulding County Resident

December 1st, 2009
4:59 pm

As a seventeen year Paulding County resident, I was always very aware of the corrupt “Good ole boy” system within the county. A lot of the corruption went down in a plane crash last year. More will go down when Westside (Good ole boy) Bank collapses. We need to get rid of Richardson too. I’d vote Democrat just to get rid of him.

Screw Up Birther, Deather,

December 1st, 2009
5:28 pm

Rule one in chaos and politics! First get the nut off the street before he hurts somebody! Rule two, Have The majority leader find a backbone at a used Chinese medical discount parts sale…….


December 1st, 2009
8:15 pm

I don’t see any reason to put Democrats in charge of the state House. They were the ones who gave Tom Murphy all that power for so many years. He was a vindictive tyrant. But, what have the Republicans given us? A vindictive tyrant in the mold of Tom Murphy-Glenn Richardson. They had the chance to do something about him last year and did nothing but put him back in power. The House Republican caucus has yet to demonstrate they have the courage to do the right thing.

Hello... hello

December 2nd, 2009
2:38 pm

If this was such a well known secret last year… and the ethics board passed it over… what does that say about the ethics board.

Watch Dog or Lap Dog..