State Rep. Judy Manning of Cobb County has become one of the first House Republicans to openly call for the resignation of Speaker Glenn Richardson. From this morning’s Marietta Daily Journal:
As chair of the Children and Youth Committee, Manning said she’s worked closely on the subject of mental illness and suicide prevention.
Mental illness, Manning said, is caused by a chemical imbalance that prompts a person to have erratic behavior, make threats and have a negative self-perception.
“There are warning signs and unfortunately, I personally have seen that he has some of those symptoms, although I’m not a doctor,” Manning said.
Manning said given the kind of pressure the job entails, it’s “a recipe for disaster” for anyone with such an illness to serve as speaker.
“It’s not good for anybody concerned inside or outside. More particularly, it’s not good for Glenn,” Manning said.
Manning’s position is significant. As a committee chairman, she’s a formal part of Richardson’s leadership team, though not inside his circle. Also, there’s the fact that the Cobb County delegation includes House Rules Chairman Earl Ehrhart, one of Richardson’s closest friends and allies.
According to my AJC colleague Aaron Gould Sheinin, another House committee chairman says time is running out for Richardson:
Governmental Affairs Committee chairman 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.
Buzz Brockway, the former chairman of the Gwinnett County GOP, has posted these spare sentences at Peach Pundit:
WANTED: A Republican who hasn’t cheated on his wife and won’t use his office to procure women. Several leadership positions opening soon in both Chambers. Apply now at the State Capitol.
My AJC colleague Aaron Gould Sheinin has this take on last night’s meeting between Gov. Sonny Perdue and the House GOP leaders.
Locales outside metro Atlanta are becoming fearful that the governor will soon be dispatching straws their way. This from today’s Hartwell Sun:
Gov. Sonny Perdue has a plan to take water from Lake Hartwell and give it to Gwinnett County, an action that would seem to violate a state law that strictly prohibits river basin water transfers.
Shortly after a federal ruling over water usage at Lake Lanier in an extended fight with Florida and Alabama over river flows to the Gulf of Mexico, a release from Gov. Perdue’s newly-formed Water Contingency Task Force last week appears to be setting the stage for even more animosity over water resources in the state.
With the nomination of state Sen. David Adelman as U.S. ambassador to Singapore, the contest now begins for his District 42 seat in DeKalb County.
Last night, Jason Carter, the grandson of the former president, sent out the following note:
As many of you know, my State Senator David Adelman was recently nominated to be the U.S. Ambassador to Singapore. He has been a fantastic State Senator and great friend of mine. It is a well-deserved honor, and I am very excited for him and his family.
If he is confirmed by the U.S. Senate (and I’m sure he will be), there will be a vacancy in District 42. I plan to run for that open seat.
I wanted to let my close friends know a few things:
1. To kickoff the campaign, I am going to have an event at Twains in downtown Decatur, next Wednesday, December 9 at 6:30. You are cordially invited. My kids are going to be there, and your kids are certainly welcome. If you are willing to be on the host committee for the event, please let me know.
2. I have a newly minted campaign webpage that has been “live” for about 20 minutes. It is www.carterforstatesenate.com.
This won’t be a cakewalk for Jason Carter. Tom Stubbs, a 2008 candidate for a Superior Court judgeship, has also sent word that he’s interested in the seat.
Then there’s the fact that District 42 has a significant Jewish population – Adelman himself is of the faith. Jimmy Carter’s approach to the Middle East does not draw applause in these neighborhoods, and it will be worth watching how his grandson approaches the dilemma.
Finally, Democratic candidate for attorney general Ken Hodges has posted on the Internet this anti-campaign, campaign YouTube, advising voters to take the rest of the year off:
There’s no indication that Hodges will let campaign contributors slack off as well. Dec. 31 is far too close.
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