A note from Larry O’Neal: ‘No one will be above the law, including myself’

State Rep. Larry O’Neal, the Republican from Houston County and probably the leading candidate for House speaker, just sent the note below.

If elected, “there will be no witch hunts,” he writes. On the other hand, O’Neal hints at a significant shake-up in the House.

Here’s what he wrote:

As you may know, I am recovering from a serious case of the flu that turned into pneumonia, and answered some questions at Travis Fain’s request while in the hospital that became a story now posted on your blog. I am on the mend now, but I wanted to offer some additional comments that might give a fuller picture of my campaign for speaker.

We must elect a calm, competent, experienced speaker, since we will immediately leave this speaker’s election and face a massive budget deficit that matters much more to Georgia taxpayers than any caucus election. I believe that I represent that kind of leadership.

Once we turn to that issue after the speaker’s election, I want to be clear how I will operate as speaker: I will set a high ethical standard that will apply to all members equally. No one will be “above the law,” including myself.

Accordingly, I will be re-evaluating all committee chairmen before the session to ensure they have met that standard, and decisively make changes if required. There will be no witch hunts, but no committee chairman will be exempt from this review, no matter how important the committee or chairman.

I want to make no further public comments on my views on the speaker’s race until I speak directly to the members of the caucus.

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December 10th, 2009
3:27 pm

I kind of thought screwing around was why these guys went into politics.


December 10th, 2009
3:39 pm

…except for the Governor when he needs another retroactive tax break?

Joe Blow

December 10th, 2009
4:39 pm

Is this a retraction from his earlier post bragging of being one huddled with leadership at the Governor’s mansion? Or maybe a retraction from earlier comments, stating that he knew about this crap all along, but not until the speakers ex’s news story did it become a distraction? Come on…GET REAL O’NEAL!!!

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General Sherman

December 10th, 2009
5:37 pm

Okay, I think I have heard this one before!You my friend will be like the others before you and after. I believe I hear Tom Murphy laughing in his grave. Get real!

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

December 10th, 2009
5:51 pm

Says Vietnam draft-dodger O’Neal, “I will set a high ethical standard,” as long as he’s in the company of other Vietnam draft-dodgers like Sonny Perdue and Roy Barnes.

Immoral hacks and physical cowards, dodged Vietnam and “got into bed” with the false elite which killed Kennedy to send us there – and has since committed 911.

Never pausing a moment to work to heal America of the Roman Anti-Christ’s “Fifth Column” they each now continue to serve in pursuit of Mammon.

Scum of the earth.

Death for Treason
Banishment for Misprision of Treason
Expropriation for both.


December 10th, 2009
5:52 pm

Is O’Neal still trying to find a message that will resonate?

Rhonda Atlanta

December 10th, 2009
5:52 pm

This is the same O’Neal that got Perdue his retroactive tax credit?


December 10th, 2009
10:18 pm

I first heard of Larry O’Neal when he tried to put a huge landfill in Long County then sued the county when they decided they wanted none of the deal. Nothing I’ve heard about him since, including his land and tax scams with Sonny Perdue, has made me think any better of him.

Surely Georgia can do better than the same old, same old, Good Ole Boys Club.

The Snark

December 11th, 2009
12:05 am

Larry O’Neal promises that he will not be “above the law”? Gosh, Larry, what a sacrifice. You must have really had a divine revelation to give that up.

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

December 11th, 2009
2:41 am

Larry O’Neal: physical coward and Vietnam draft-dodger who never bothered to bring to justice Rome’s “Fifth Column” for killing Kennedy and King to send us there…but instead got into bed with it as it went on to commit 9/11 and bankrupt the Nation. Some “man.” No Georgian.


December 11th, 2009
6:49 am

O’Neal didn’t just help get Pedue a retroactive tax break, O’Neal was the lawyer who set-up two LLC’s that appeared to conceal the fact that Perdue was the purchaser of the properties that the LLC’s bought. Perdue kept his involvement in these LLC’s off of his disclosure statments. In doing so he broke the law. If O’Neal knew that these LLC’s were intended to hide Perdue’s ownership of these properties, he broke the law too.

Bobbie Johnston

December 11th, 2009
8:27 am

Pox on all of them. Don t we have at least one Squeaky Clean Republican? The Perdue mess is just the tip of the iceberg and the other reps know it. Do your job Mr. Galloway. Get your miner’s hat out and do a little digging. You will find that there are even more sins to be dug out of the his mine. (As well as some of the others mentioned as candidates.) Long County, Perdue etc. are just a start. We Republicans are making the Democrats in Ga. look better and better!!!

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

December 14th, 2009
9:06 am

Can’t have a “Squeaky Clean Republican:” not one of them has come out for hanging Bush and Cheney for 9/11. Few Democrats can qualify in that regard, as well.

Should we not wish our leaders to be intelligent?

Who hasn’t read “The New Pearl Harbor,” or already knew in their hearts and prayers that Bush and Cheney committed 9/11?

Should the traitors, propagandists, hacks, and cover-up artists serving the false-elite continue in power? No, by G-d!

Obama got elected because so many knew he “knew” but is brilliant and practical and anointed. If you read “Audacity of Hope’s” treatment of the “issue,” where he brings up the subject, wraps the readers mind around it, then spins away, you’ll understand, too.

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