Fran Millar joins race for House speaker pro tem

Speaker pro tem Mark Burkhalter (R-Johns Creek) did indeed attend today’s meeting of the House Republican caucus.

The leader of chamber arrived and left via a route that allowed him to remain unseen by members of the press. We’re told that he said little, except to confirm that he would not run for re-election to his current post.

Burkhalter announced Monday that he would not run for speaker, throwing the leadership of the chamber open to all comers.

State Rep. Fran Millar (R-Dunwoody) said it was Burkhalter’s Friday announcement – his first official statement that he would be removing himself completely from leadership — that caused him to push for a Thursday, Dec. 17, election of House officers – rather than next Tuesday.

Millar quickly followed up with this e-mail to House members, declaring that he would join the race for speaker pro tem. State Reps. Jan Jones of Alpharetta, Rich Golick of Smyrna and Clay Cox of Lilburn have already announced.

Wrote Millar:

Now that Mark has officially indicated that he does not plan to continue in the captioned role and based on what I heard in today’s caucus meeting, I have decided to seek the position of Speaker Pro Tem.

I am encouraged by the quality of the people seeking the Office of Speaker. Most of them have been good friends for a number of years. Based upon my conversations with them and other caucus members, I believe I am a good choice for the captioned position. I plan to offer specific points on my credentials in a separate memorandum.

Today I respectfully request that you consider several points as respects all the positions which are subject to election.

First, I believe all candidates need to be evaluated based on their specific actions not on campaign rhetoric.

Second, all candidates must be subject to increased scrutiny based on what has transpired. Due diligence is necessary by members and that is why I concur and will follow the position of several other candidates and not seek voting commitments prior to the election.

Finally, while we elect individuals to positions, I believe it is imperative that they have strengths that compliment one another. What I took from today’s caucus meeting is that our members are looking for servant leaders as we move forward and I am prepared to function in that capacity.

Jerry Keen can confirm that I have turned down potential committee chairmanships because I did not feel called to undertake the particular job.

I do want this position and if you honor me with the privilege I pledge that I will never seek the role of Speaker. I feel the position of Speaker Pro Tem will be where I can best utilize my talents on behalf of the caucus.

Thank you for your consideration and I will be in touch as respects my credentials.

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18 comments Add your comment

Dunwoody Dan

December 11th, 2009
3:34 pm

Fran is nuts! That is all


December 11th, 2009
3:37 pm

He writes like Dick Cheney speaks.


December 11th, 2009
3:50 pm



December 11th, 2009
4:01 pm

Am I crazy, or did he write “Pro Te r n” twice?


December 11th, 2009
4:52 pm

Freaky Fran is out of his mind,the memo shows it! They are a bunch of neophytes,little fish in a big pond.

dogs & cats

December 11th, 2009
4:56 pm

it is good to know that Miller and Keen are such good close friends.


December 11th, 2009
5:00 pm

Keen is a crook.


December 11th, 2009
5:06 pm

Clean house — most of them are tainted. I don’t know a lot about Fran other than the fact that he wants MARTA under state control. That sounds like it’s just shifting another burden onto the already-broke state of Georgia.

We need simple, honest members of the GA House.


December 11th, 2009
5:52 pm

Does this guy Millar have a CLUE about what people really think of him and what they call him? It is not “leader” or “statesman” or “stand up guy”! Unfortunately it is too crude for me to write here.

Angry Albert

December 11th, 2009
7:04 pm

“First, I believe all candidates need to be evaluated based on their specific actions…”

I love how your new city is run mainly by democrats – now that they voted themselves some insurance rather than hiring more cops, we know what their priorities are.

So if you are elected to this position, will you continue to work to dilute the Republican majority by attacking my wife and other Republicans?

Let’s evaluate your actions at your press conference last year when you told the DeKalb Police and the DeKalb District Attorney that I am a terrorist. Is this the kind of support you will give the caucus?

your Dunwoody Neighbor,
“Angry” Albert C.


December 12th, 2009
8:20 am

Millar is a jack-ass and a joke. And he owes a lot of favors for getting the Dunwoody legislation passed. If he is elected Pro Tem, it will be more of the same.


December 12th, 2009
8:33 am

I see that most Repulicans want a “clean” speaker. Well, of the three front runners, one had a long and notorious affair that was common knowledge.


December 12th, 2009
9:19 am

Why do you think Burkhalters out…he was trying to save his family some serious embarrasment.

Gary Nolan

December 12th, 2009
5:07 pm

Well….the word under the dome is that Burkhalter was sleeping with the same Atlanta Gas Light lobbyist as Richardson. Interesting that he’s gone in to hiding.

Clean Slate

December 12th, 2009
11:50 pm

Fran Miilar is a joke. The guy is a wannabe Demo. Can’t quit making love to the likes of Vernon Jones, Burrell Ellis and Stan Watson and RINO Jill Chambers. The dude is a wild card, can’t keep his own conversations clear in his head. A RINO with no convictions. Calls himself a moderate. That is just a person who blows with the wind.

He is a lame duck. I know of at least 3 REAL Republicans that will face him in the primary this year from Dunwoody who would split the vote for each other in a 3 or 4 way runoff just to get rid of him. Although he is a funny and witity guy, and smart, he is a weak link with no spine. As a true REPUBLICAN from Dunwoody, I am putting my time and money behind folks that want to advance Dunwoody issues and not coddle up to the South Dekalb crowd like Millar does. He has done ZERO for his district and WILL be done in the primary. He is going to face a couple of candidates in the primary that will split the vote and kick him out for the unstable liberal that he is.

Bottom line. This arrogant &rick does not efectively represent the people that elected him. I expect that we will see maybe 4 people oppose Millar in the primary which he cannot win. GasBag Done

True Pub

December 13th, 2009
12:25 am

Fran Who……? Is this the same Fran that stood before fellow members and stated “I’m not running for anything”, and followed that with a Press Release before he even made it to his car? What a Joke!!!

Once a Republican

December 13th, 2009
4:50 am

Ahh Dunwoody – home of the original builder, developer, and real estate agent which in turn has attracted the scumbag attorneys and bankers. The whole Dunwoody group is out of the Richardson/Burkhalter mould. GA Republicans are a joke these days. It was better when they were the minority. Get ready for your new taxes.

Angry Albert

December 13th, 2009
8:50 am

Hey Clean Slate – if you think my wife has anything to do with Fran Millar, you must not be reading our local “newspaper”

Angry Albert C., the Husband of Jill Chambers