David Ralston joins the race for House speaker

Large and late developments in this sudden race for House Speaker, on the eve of a Friday gathering of the Republican caucus:

State Rep. David Ralston of Blue Ridge, the attorney who unsuccessfully challenged Glenn Richardson for the leadership position last year, pulled the trigger on his candidacy just a few minutes ago in a note to House Republicans.

Wrote north Georgia lawmaker:

“Georgians expect us to do better and be about their business – not that of the lobbyists or special interests. They expect us to do the right thing and do it in an open and honest manner.

“Challenging issues await us in mere days: the budget, transportation, water and others. These issues will require strong and steady leadership. But we must also have leadership with the courage to stand up to other politicians and the special interests to bring true reform to the Georgia House and to lead the way – not simply follow – in enacting meaningful improvements in our ethics laws.”

– If you didn’t catch the candidacy pitch made by state Rep. Larry O’Neal of Houston County, posted this afternoon, click here.

– State Rep. Chuck Martin of Alpharetta), who carries some weight in the House, is calling on his fellow Republicans to bypass any caucus contest for speaker and open up the election to a single vote on the House floor.

In other words, he has endorsed a bipartisan election that would let Democrats participate.

“This is a time for all Georgians to see the entire process and for all members to be included,” Martin said in a just-released statement.

The north Fulton lawmaker, who says he is not a candidate for speaker at this time, is encouraging the defeat of any attempt on Friday to force a quick caucus vote to pick a Republican candidate for speaker.

A majority of the House GOP caucus, about 53 members, could do so. The House has a total of 180 members.

“These are uncharted times and as a result it is more important than ever to engage all members of the Georgia House in the process and earn the trust of all Georgians,” Martin said.

– State Rep. Jan Jones of Alpharetta has just announced that she’ll be running for the No. 2 spot, House speaker pro tem. State Rep. Rich Golick of Smyrna, former floor leader for Gov. Sonny Perdue, is in the same race.

But Jones’ candidacy for speaker pro tem means that no woman will be running for the top job in the House. Which would have made the race very, very interesting.

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December 10th, 2009
5:44 pm

Jan Jones is a part of the problem in her current leadership role. Jan must GO!


December 10th, 2009
5:50 pm

If Georgians could vote in this race, I believe Ralston would win in a landslide.

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

December 10th, 2009
6:06 pm

Ralston’s “Church of God.” Has he prophesied against the revealed Anti-Christ, or chosen not to see it?

He identifies himself as “Republican.” Has he spoken out against Bush’s having been cheated into the White House by only the Roman Catholics’ votes on the Supreme Court’s ‘Bush v Gore,’ or on the fact that Bush was “entertaining” a $200 homosexual prostitute, Jeff Gannon/James Guckert, on numerous “overnights” at the White House, according to the Secret Service’s logbook at the White House’s social entrance?

Just how comfortable is David Ralston with treason and abomination?

From his photograph he looks pretty “comfortable.” Looks like he’s not losing too much sleep worrying about Georgia’s or America’s salvation. Must not think Bush’s and Cheney’s committing 9/11 wasn’t too big a deal, particularly if his political career and law practice aren’t affected.

Who really is yet willing to identify him or herself with the party of Cheney, Bush, Larry Craig, and treason?

Righteousness exalteth a nation; but sin is a reproach to any people.

Let’s get going on the “Righteousness,” Georgia. The “Republicans” are flea-ridden.

Any unable to rebuke the unrighteous, who have brought our State and Nation to this pass, are part of the problem.


December 10th, 2009
6:10 pm

Go Ralston! Someone who already knows what it is like to take on the status quo should make this an interesting election.


December 10th, 2009
6:11 pm

Jan is the right choice for protem- she is accomplished in her own right, smart, hardworking and gutsy

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

December 10th, 2009
6:18 pm

The “status quo” is treason overseen by the Roman Anti-Christ’s “Fifth Column,” and its minions conning the Electorate to “not see it.”

Does Ralston, who claims to be “Church of God,” believe G-d doesn’t know Bush is a closet-queen who committed 9/11? Or, is Ralston’s true “religion” Mammon-worship?

Shocked, Shocked

December 10th, 2009
6:19 pm

How is Jan “part of the problem”? She has been whip for one year, and did a pretty good job. She will make a great Speaker Pro Tempore.

SpaceyG on Twitter

December 10th, 2009
6:28 pm

Trying to decide who has the more loony batch of commenteers… you or Peach Pundit.

Georgia Voter

December 10th, 2009
6:37 pm

Check this out: Tom Price was voted by GOP insiders as someone they’d most like to mute:

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

December 10th, 2009
8:14 pm

It’s no mystery why Tom Price supports closet-queens and adulterers like George W. Bush and Glenn Richardson.

P.S. SpaceyG: Is it Wal-Mart, Matt Towery, or the rest of Glenn Richardson’s gang paying you to comment here? Or are you just looking for work?


December 10th, 2009
8:34 pm

As if it mattered, Ralston is not Church of God. He is Baptist.

sally austin

December 10th, 2009
8:59 pm

The Speaker’s race should not be close. David Ralston has been a Republican all his life. He’s served in the State Senate. He was the Republican nominee for Attorney General in 1998 and received more votes than any Republican on the ballot, and had it not been for Guy Millner and Mitch Skandalakis at the top of the ticket, he would have won. He came back to the House and last year pulled a Winston Churchill and stood up to his own party when most others cowered.

Larry O’Neal became a Republican the night Sonny Perdue was elected Governor. He stood by Glenn Richardson (with full knowledge of his behavior) until the very end. He has Jerry Keen to his left and Earl Ehrhart to his right. He’s the candidate of the in power crowd who are scared to death to lose it.

Ralston should be Speaker and Bill Hembree should be Ways and Means Chairman!

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

December 10th, 2009
9:11 pm

Guess Ralston better update his bio on Project Vote Smart http://www.votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=7824

Who, in G-d’s name, is stupid enough to brag about being “Republican?” It is the Roman Anti-Christ’s political front in America…the “Fifth Column.” Or does one really think Richard Nixon put it in print three different false places and circumstances in which was informed of JFK’s assassination because he wasn’t part of the “leadership” team which pulled it off? Or why GHWBush “couldn’t recall” where he was when he heard?

Larry Craig, Mark Foley, Dick Cheney, George W. Bush, Sonny Perdue, Larry O’Neal, Glenn Richardson, Mercer Reynolds…they are cut from the same cloth.

Ralston is too stupid or corrupt to distance himself.

SpaceyG: Was it Georgia Natural Gas paying you this time?


December 10th, 2009
9:31 pm

Jan Jones was the right hand of Burkhalter and Keen. She is the STATUS QUO. Jan, like O’Neal was fine with things as long as she got what she wanted. Now that the house has fallen, she is ready to help “lead” ‘em out of the darkness. Come on…….


December 10th, 2009
9:35 pm

I’m glad Jan is running. That means she is vacating her Whip seat which can also be filled by a true conservative. Jan is a climber, if she wasn’t, then why not finish the job you were elected to do. Thanks Jan for opening the way. Just a thought!


December 10th, 2009
9:44 pm

Quite frankly, no Republican is worthy of anything. They are all right wing nuts.


December 10th, 2009
10:04 pm

So apparently anyone from metro Atlanta is ineligible to be Speaker? The #2 spot is OK for metro Atlanta folk, but never #1?


December 10th, 2009
10:09 pm

David Ralson’s bio. below. Pass on this toad and look for someone else.

Background Information
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Jane
2 Children:
Birth Date:
Birthplace: Elijah, GA
Home City: Blue Ridge, GA
Religion: Church of God


December 10th, 2009
10:11 pm

According to local folks, there are real problems, financial and marital, with Ralston’s candidacy. Hopefully he will be thoroughly vetted, and if he can pass the sniff test, so be it.

I really think the Republicans will have a hard time finding an appropriate Speaker. Not that the Democrats would have an easier time, but they don’t claim to be without sin.

Outside Insider

December 10th, 2009
10:15 pm

Ralston has earned the leadership position; experienced, business, local/statewide/national vision. He knows the value of a hard earned “$2 bill” and generations of service and committment.


December 10th, 2009
10:25 pm

The only financial problems, or any problems for that matter, were those caused by an employee at his law office who embezzled money from Ralston. The people of Ralston’s district love him and his family. Since he first ran for the House in ‘02, he has faced an opponent twice. He won in ‘02 with 60% of the vote, and won in ‘04 with 75%.

Ralston is known for his hard work, which most will find a hard time finding someone to rival Ralston’s work ethic, and also for being fair and personable.


December 10th, 2009
10:48 pm

Ralston challenged the leadership last go round. He represents a change that is much needed under the Gold Dome and I pray our legislators will support him this time.


December 10th, 2009
10:57 pm

I think Jan Jones’ll win. She sits on something the rest of the Republicans have to borrow.

Rod Sanders

December 10th, 2009
11:02 pm

David Ralston is as strong as rope and tough as nails!

He will make a great Speaker!


December 10th, 2009
11:14 pm

Call the nearest Republican Representative and ask this question. Who wins Pro Tem? The answer will not be Jones! Many approved of her role as whip, but her recent grasp for power while backing Burkhalter and Keen have disappointed well beyond 50% of members!

Cool Hand Luke

December 10th, 2009
11:17 pm

Keen and Jones are the only leftovers remaining! Keep cleaning boys and girls, you’re almost there! No sense in cleaning the house if your gonna leave piles in the corners.


December 10th, 2009
11:18 pm

Will David Ralston support the election of speaker in an open house session to include Democrats?

Cool Hand Luke

December 10th, 2009
11:25 pm

I doubt it! He may not be the next speaker, but he’s not an idiot.


December 10th, 2009
11:29 pm

I hear that Keen is supporting O’Neal and Jones. Do these people really think that that is a good thing? I predict an entirely new slate of leadership. Anyone object?


December 11th, 2009
12:00 am

I agree that Democratic House members should not be allowed to vote on the choice for Speaker. That would be too much like democracy. The voters that put them in office should be sent to political re-education camps. Only the Party can be trusted to know what’s best for the proletariat.

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

December 11th, 2009
2:38 am

Frightened fascists whistling past the grave of the Roman Anti-Christ they’ve been serving since the Founders went to their graves.

The People must rise up and put the stake of Righteousness and Americanism through Treason and perversion’s “heart:” the Gay Old Pervert party of Glenn and Sonny and W. and Roy Barnes.


December 11th, 2009
5:31 am

SEriously!? Ralston? Just what we need, another Baptist, from a dry county, holding back process for this state. Haven’t we had enough already??


December 11th, 2009
5:57 am

Is it true that Richardson was Sonny’s boy and was placed in the speaker’s chair? Could be that a plenary session of the house might be a better alternative for the party as well as Georgia.

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

December 11th, 2009
6:49 am

Would that he were a true Baptist, or true Church of God – there would be hope that the truth could be seen and righteousness and justice pursued. The problem is that he has been silent on the treason against the civil religion of America. There is but One G-d.

Novus Ordo Seclorem: The New Secular Order
Annuit Coeptis


December 11th, 2009
7:11 am

The full House always elects the Speaker after each party nominates a candidate. Others can run as well if nominated. Whoever wrote that Ralston is Church of God does not even know how to spell Ellijay. The truth is that Ralston comes from good stock. Generations of service in the north Georgia Mountains. He is represents true Georgia values. Hard work and service to others. He is not a silver spoon republican nor a johnny come lately.

Stand Waitie

December 11th, 2009
7:25 am

Who is this Will Jones idiot? Nothing he has said makes sense. Anyway, should the Repubs let the dems take part — absolutely not! The dems wouldn’t give the Repubs the time of day if the Repubs bought them a watch. Keep the anti-American party out of it.


December 11th, 2009
8:55 am

Ralston was born in Ellijay not Elijah and Fannin County is not dry and hasn’t been for as long as I’ve been there. (where did that notion come from?) I’m in his district and from what I see he is one of the good ones. Tough and speaks his mind.

Intown lib

December 11th, 2009
9:58 am

No proponent of Milton County or North Fulton delegation member should be elected speaker or Governor. It will create all out war.

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

December 11th, 2009
10:30 am

Ralston’s “Church of God,” and that church believes “Emphasizing communication with God as the highest privilege and greatest responsibility of every member.”

Has Ralston bothered asking G-d if, in fact, his fellow “Republicans,” Bush and Cheney, committed 9/11, when the proof is available to all, Americans and others, to read?
Viz. http://files.meetup.com/275335/The%20New%20Pearl%20Harbor.pdf

There is but One G-d, and One Truth.

Mayhaps his true “religion” is “I’m a Member of the Bar, helping to protect the ruling false-elite in America,” just like all the fascists and philistines cloaking themselves as “Republican” chiming in, as if honest working people and G-d can’t tell the difference

He seems the “picture” of “fatcat,” just like Roy Barnes and all the other Vietnam draft-dodgers serving the Roman Anti-Christ in both “parties.”


December 11th, 2009
11:14 am

Ralston’s bio including home (Elijah) is published on http://www.votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=7824 .
Listed above to confirm his religious affiliation. Elijay is a beautiful area. Do not elect Ralston, he should have more time to spend there. The statement ” (t)he full house always elects the Speaker after each party nominates a candidate,” is balderdash. The majority caucus elects the speaker (their nominee) and then in a mock election during plenary session the speaker is coronated. Veritas vos liberabit

Ken in Eastman

December 11th, 2009
12:53 pm

David Ralston is the right man for this job.

There will be no easy decisions in the state legislature for the next several years due to falling state revenues. We need a man with enough character to do what needs to be done and that man is David Ralston.

David stood against Speaker Glenn Richardson when it was the right thing to do BECAUSE it was the right thing to do. Others lacked this courage and assisted Richardson in retaining a position he had abused.

David Ralston for Speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

December 11th, 2009
12:59 pm

Hi “Ken in Eastman,” Are you also a lawyer? How is it David Ralston didn’t have the character to come out against his fellow “Republicans’” committing 9/11? Too afraid, corrupt, or stupid?

Ken in Eastman

December 11th, 2009
1:13 pm

Will Jones – Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis –

Please go take your meds. Quickly.

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

December 11th, 2009
1:21 pm

Ad hominem, rather than reasoned response? Must be a lawyer serving fascist plutocracy, too. No American, in any event.


December 11th, 2009
2:24 pm

Will Jones:

There are facsists on Pluto? Who knew?

Aaron Burr V. Mexico

December 11th, 2009
4:26 pm

You know…

I consider Republicans to indeed be traitors, scum of the earth, disgusting low life creeps that use the Constitution for Toilet paper and like to watch Ruprecht Murdoch on FOX news…

And I’m pissed. And I’ll often use firey language to point out the utter hypocrisy that Republican have, and the utter stupidity of people who keep voting for them….

But seriously….

Honestly Will you make me emberrased to post to these forums. If you’re going from a religious angle, did not Paul say “Speak to them in the tounge that they understand?” Your dialog is so laced with terms that only you believe in that you are ranting not for the benefit of God but for your own feelings.


December 11th, 2009
9:05 pm

veritas, I understand the GA GOP will be meeting Thursday to elect a speaker. Will the Democrats be allowed to come and vote?

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

December 11th, 2009
9:18 pm

America is a “religion.” Try understanding the three Mottoes of The Creed. Know what a “creed” is, or have the vaguest notion of The Creator, ABVM?

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