Updated at 12:45 p.m.: Gov. Sonny Perdue, whose last session of the Legislature could be derailed by an out-of-control fight to replace Speaker Glenn Richardson, made a surprise visit to a closed-door meeting of the House Republican caucus.
My AJC colleague Aaron Gould Sheinin has details at Gold Dome Live.
Perdue has left, and the GOP lawmakers remain behind closed doors. One thing we’ve picked up: Republicans just finished a vote that accelerates the election of a caucus candidate for speaker to next Thursday, Dec. 17.
(This post originally said the election had been moved to Tuesday, Dec. 15. And that was the plan going into the meeting.)
House Speaker pro tem Mark Burkhalter, who we did not see present in the assembly, had originally set a date of Dec. 21.
Candidates for speaker at this point include Larry O’Neal, David Ralston, and Bill Hembree.
The new date will make