Jeff Mullis: ‘Pledging allegiance to state flag was my idea’

State Sen. Jeff Mullis, R-Chickamauga, has ‘fessed up.

Last week, at a closed meeting of the Senate Republican caucus – the same one that stripped Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle of his authority – members voted to require a pledge of allegiance to the state flag before the chamber’s daily business.

Mullis said he had no intention of sparking another debate over state sovereignty, but confessed that it was his idea. He issued the following statement this afternoon:

“During last week’s caucus meeting, I proposed that our chamber deliver a pledge of allegiance to the state flag, in addition to the U.S. flag, before we begin the Senate’s daily business. We are the State Senate, and we should honor one of our most important state symbols.

“Pledging your pride to the state is not an act of dissention to your country, but simply an affirmation that you stand for Georgia’s principles of wisdom, justice and moderation.” said Mullis. “Georgia’s flag is more than just a symbol of our state’s storied history as one of the original Thirteen Colonies; it’s a reminder that we must learn from our past to create a better tomorrow.”

On the Democratic side, George Hooks of Americus was beside himself. “I’m delighted that they have decided to salute the flag of Georgia that I designed,” he said. Adopted in 2003, the stars-and-bars design – state Rep. Bobby Franklin, R-Cobb County, also had a hand in it – dates to the Civil War but was intended to thwart a statewide referendum the return of the ’56 flag.

Which featured the Confederate battle emblem.

Most Republicans voted against the flag they’ll now require the chamber to salute.

Not all Democrats are of the same opinion as Hooks. State Sen. Emanuel Jones of Decatur, chairman of the Legislative Black Caucus, says he will absent himself from the chamber rather than recite a pledge to a state flag.

Mullis’ proposal to salute the Georgia flag was his only piece of good luck that day. The chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee was Cagle’s chief defender during the debate over the lieutenant governor’s powers.

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63 comments Add your comment

td

November 12th, 2010
5:01 pm

If you have no loyalty to the state then you should not be a representative of the state.

Shar

November 12th, 2010
5:05 pm

This didn’t work out very well when it was mandated in 1860. Mullis is one of those guys who actually believed that natural gas would cost less than world prices if Georgia taxpayers built a $300 million pipeline for AGL. Dumb as dirt.

Nick

November 12th, 2010
5:07 pm

Are they seriously wasting time on this? Tell you what, if you fix the economy, I will salute whatever flag you like.

about time

November 12th, 2010
5:18 pm

can someone say redneck nut case

cs

November 12th, 2010
5:21 pm

I’ll pledge to the state and the 1956 flag but the “perdue rag” that currently flies can kiss my grits.

chefdavid

November 12th, 2010
5:31 pm

Ok I can’t resist. Here is Mullis stating that the cast members of deliverance are not kin to him during last years session. http://www.youtube.com/enodavid1#p/u/4/ANYHt4oKq3Q I think they spend enough time in session on things that take up to much time. Doctor of the Day Speech. Sometimes a long sermon prior to the prayer of the day. I say pledge to US, short prayer and get to the peoples work.

Gov. James Jackson

November 12th, 2010
5:34 pm

Wouldn’t it be better if they repeated daily their oath to support the Constitutions of the U.S. and Georgia?

“I do hereby solemnly swear or affirm that I will support the Constitution of this state and of the United States and, on all questions and measures which may come before me, I will so conduct myself, as will, in my judgment, be most conducive to the interests and prosperity of this state.”

A lot of them seem to have forgotten that.

G5

November 12th, 2010
6:19 pm

What next? Georgia is going to try and secede from the union. The last time that happened, it didn’t go so well and I can promise you, I’ll be wearing Union Blue if it comes to that.

Hey Mullis, would you be pledging the state flag instead of the Federal flag if W was in office or McCain. I think not! Racist.

Fred

November 12th, 2010
6:28 pm

Why does this bring the image of “Lord of the Flies” to mind?

Commenters chefdavid and Gov. JJ both have much better ideas than Mr. Mullis.

Quit wasting time on the loyalty kabuki, gentlemen, and take care of the people’s business.
Shrink government, cut spending, cut regulations, cut taxes. Go home.

Red

November 12th, 2010
6:37 pm

TD – he’s not a representative of the state. He is a representative (actually senator) of his constituents who elect him. And I wonder had the flag been the lovely dinner plate design previously given to us would they still say the pledge to that flag.

Seeing how unethical this lot has become, pledges are actually worthless. They do not honor their own constituents. They sell out to lobbyists and special interests – to include jetsetting and committing adultery with them. Maybe they should honor the pledges already on the table. Maybe they should write a pledge to the constituents and voters and pledge to do what is best for those in their home districts. These part time legislators have more egos than most Congressmen. Start by pledging some term limits. Pledge meaningful education reform, less taxes, etc. Pledge less special interest access and more direct representation to the people who actually put them in office. Lobbyists have free access over that place. A constituent has to beg to even walk in the door.

Don

November 12th, 2010
7:03 pm

Idiots. Another 4 years of republi-taliban infighting with this state sinking further into irrelevance and unlivability.

HUH?

November 12th, 2010
7:06 pm

Once again, living proof that Georgia is one of the worst states in the Union. I’d almost rather Georgia secede and become a province of the United States. That way, the federal government can dictate to them and place in people who are less incompetent and/or less interested in trying to appeal to ‘the redneck base.’ Then again, that’s probably not a good idea either. But Nathan and his buddies will run this state further into the ground while offering corporations tax breaks to relocate and allowing them to treat their employees like garbage.

ToddD.

November 12th, 2010
7:07 pm

Isn’t Mullis one of the Cagle 5? (Not to be confused with the Jackson Five.) One of the five senators who thought Cagle’s behavior is acceptable. (The vote was 30-5) This speaks volumes to the IQ of the Cagle 5 membership. Jim, which other senator’s make up the Cagle 5?

missmollie

November 12th, 2010
8:06 pm

The Georgia flag is a beautiful flag, IMO, and it was voted on by the Legislature…If you must be mad with someone, be mad with Gov Barnes and his Legislature. He was given an award by the President for doing away with the stars and bars. I hope we never vote to change it again.
Don’t blame Sonny…Do you remember when HS bands had to stop playing “Dixie”???

cs

November 12th, 2010
8:19 pm

Dont blame Sonny Perdue and the republican backstabbers (like this mullis character) for the current flag my arse. They threw the one’s who worked the hardest to get Roy Barnes unelected under the bus and then turned around and gave Rep Tyrone Brooks and those types basically what they wanted to start with!

kj

November 12th, 2010
8:24 pm

It’s crazy how rednecks try and hide their predjudice, except cs, by saying it’s state pride and nothing else. Let anyone of color get too much power, especially an office like President, and hicks start hiding their daughters thinking them “boys” getting uppitty. We salute the state cause one of them running the country. In twenty years rednecks are really going to be scared. Another example of republican use of the “southern strategy” and their scare tactics.

Don

November 12th, 2010
8:25 pm

Jeez-get over it. That old flag needed to go. Thanks to Roy Barnes for having the courage to do it. Roy at least had ideas and initiatives for furthering Georgia while he was governor, but most of Georgia wasn’t ready. So we get stuck with cadaver-like leaders like Sonny and Deal. (Governor Deal????—still can’t say it.)

chefdavid

November 12th, 2010
8:32 pm

Look this shouldn’t be a beat up session on Mullis. I have known him for a few years now. I can tell you his intentions were probably nothing more than trying to instill a little Georgia pride. Now I am one of his biggest critics. Sometimes for the good and sometimes for the bad. He is an effective legislature that I believe feels he is doing what is right for all Georgians. As an example last year during joint committee hearings someone asked him on the Trans. budget that he didn’t have any pet projects for his district. He responded with the answer “I am for all of Georgia not just my District”. As for the racism comments I have never heard a bad comment against any other race come from his lips. Do I disagree with a lot of the bills he sponsors or votes for? Yes. But, If you look at his voting record it is generally in line with the GOP Caucus. I poke fun at him but he is an effective leader in the Senate and I don’t think he has the ability to reach out across the isle.

chefdavid

November 12th, 2010
8:33 pm

I meant he has the ability to reach across the isle and build concensus. That is probably one of his biggest traits.

mike

November 12th, 2010
8:35 pm

I am glad the repubs are really starting to take control of the state by showing this type of leadership. It is nice to pledge to a state with one the lowest education systems in the country. I think we are six in the number of foreclosures. We have no rights to the water in the middle of the metro area but it is very important our elected officials make an effort to pray in front of a state flag. I see all the new and bright ideas have already started.

There is a sickness in GA

November 12th, 2010
8:54 pm

This whole thing is just so stupid and Jones should have just ignored the question, this is such a non-issue.

Ric

November 12th, 2010
9:01 pm

Expect Jeff Mullis to remind voters that this was his idea when he runs for re-election or for higher office. Then expect shallow-minded voters to lap it up.

BPJ

November 12th, 2010
9:08 pm

It’s a wonderful day in Georgia when Republicans pledge allegiance to the principle of moderation (”…..and to the principles for which it stands: wisdom, justice, and moderation.”)

Reality Check

November 12th, 2010
9:32 pm

Hey morons, I see there are a lot of you on tonight. Sen. Mullis is not saying don’t salute and say allegiance to the American Flag. He thinks you should do the same to the U.S. Flag and the Georgia flag and I personally don’t have a problem with it. They are representing their districts of the state of Georgia. Please tell me how the heck that is racists?

You know it’s usually only black people that ever bring up the fact that our President is black. Most people don’t even think about it until you try to scream racism because most don’t like President Obama’s policies.

phil c

November 12th, 2010
9:42 pm

Everyday my expectations of these stupid racist inbred hillbilly fascist GA “leaders” grow lower, and those expectations are alway met. I expect we’ll hear plenty more from Mullis in the future as he self-promotes himself to higher office catering to, and with utter contempt for, the stupendously stupid (and dog-gone proud off it) GA voters who put good ol’ boy demagogues like this cracker in office year after year. Abandon all hope, ye of triple-digit IQs, it will only get worse.

double

November 12th, 2010
9:46 pm

Yeah!We also lead nation in bank failures.

LizBeth

November 12th, 2010
10:22 pm

It’s a piece of cheap cloth with some fancy decorations on it. You would think it was the supreme necessity of life the way everyone wants to either pledge allegiance to it and/or argue about it.

Travis McGee

November 12th, 2010
10:25 pm

So, when did the state of Georgia extol Wisdom — we are bottom feeders when it comes to eduction.

Justice? Well, that depends on your race and/or socio-economic place. The state is reluctant to provide adequate funds for Public Defenders, so it’s kind of hypocritical to extol this virtue.

And then there’s Moderation. Nothing — I repeat nothing — is done in moderation in the state of Georgia. From religion to politics — we live in the land of extremes.

So, say you little pledge. Like so many other things our politicians do — it’s meaningless!

Legend of Len Barker

November 12th, 2010
10:32 pm

Repeat after me.

I
“I”
Your name
“Your name”
Pledge allegiance to Hedley Lamarr
“Pledge allegiance to Hedy Lamarr”
That’s Hedley!
“That’s Hedley!”
And the e-vil for which he stands.
“And the e-vil for which he stands.”

One Party Rule

November 12th, 2010
11:04 pm

One party rule. If you don’t have Democrats to argue with, then argue with yourselves. Its not like there are any real issues to work on. Just tonight, the AJC reported two more GA bank failures. Keep up the good work one party rule in GA.

G5

November 12th, 2010
11:25 pm

Hey Reality Check, when W was driving this country down watching the market explode and putting us in to two wars why weren’t people as angry as they are now pledging their allegiance to the Ga. flag. Here’s the reality check, if it walks like a duck, it quack likes a duck, then it’s a republican. =o)

The Centrist

November 13th, 2010
1:13 am

Isn’t it funny that Reality Check is the only one to bring up President Obama in this discussion? By the way, just what do you call folks who normally bring up his middle name for effect? One quess, and it is not Black folks.

The Centrist

November 13th, 2010
1:22 am

State Sen. Emanuel Jones could just as easily be in the chamber and just not recite the pledge, because he doubts seriously that Mullins and Company really care about the history of 18th century Georgia.

cornish530

November 13th, 2010
4:16 am

How about a pledge to better protect and defend the State Constitution? In the last eight years we have witnessed unbridled intervention and politicization of our system of higher education, among other constitutional prohibitions.

Thomas

November 13th, 2010
5:59 am

Pledging allegiance to any flag is idol warship and breaks the first commandment. Aren’t these people claiming to be devout Christians?

Will

November 13th, 2010
6:07 am

I pledge allegiance to no flag but the flag of the United States of America and to the republic for which it stands. republicans should put up a seccession amendment to the voters of Georgia if they want to pledge allegiance to something other than our precious republic.

I am a native Georgia and proud of my state but I stand 110% with the United States or America and will defend it again (US Army 1972-74) against those who wish to disolve our Union.

Reality Check

November 13th, 2010
6:59 am

Centrist – Why don’t you try reading all the posts before speaking. G5 is the one who brought up President Obama.

G5 – You must have a short memory if you don’t think people didn’t agree with President Bush. He left office with an approval rating of about 30%. My guess is you didn’t even pay attention before President Obama,

NB Forrest

November 13th, 2010
7:05 am

Cudos for Jeff Mullis. Unlike some in Georgia my ancestors go back over two hundred years here. We like our Independence from England and wish we could have been successful in 1861.

JD

November 13th, 2010
7:54 am

Wisdom, justice, moderation — sounds like a progressive agenda to me!

Willis

November 13th, 2010
8:03 am

Wisdom, justice, moderation? That’s a joke with the Republicans in charge.

An American Patriot

November 13th, 2010
8:30 am

Either you’re a patriot or you’re not, or as someone once put it……”if you ain’t fer us, then yur agin’ us” If you don’t believe in your home state and don’t want to “Pledge Allegiance to it” then get the h*ll out of our politics and our state…..we don’t need people like you we can’t count on. Happier days are a coming…..get rid of our present, ugly as sin new state flag and go back to the old one that the majority of Georgians were proud of and lets make it a fair election this time. Obummer can salute his crotch if he wants to…..just shows what a real @$$()OL} he really is…….be glad when he’s gone back to his native country Kenya……this time I wish he would swim and take two of his buddies (Pelosi and Reid) with him one under each arm :)

Dash Riptide

November 13th, 2010
8:52 am

How is it that we can post here without first pledging allegiance to Jesus and the Georgia flag?

Dadgum lib’ral AJC.

Jeb

November 13th, 2010
8:54 am

Road Scholar

November 13th, 2010
8:57 am

Let’s get down to business. When does the first abortion and gun bill hit the hopper? (tongue in cheek!) Get down to business with jobs, transportation, education, and water.

Lead By Example

November 13th, 2010
9:32 am

Georgia Code Section 50-3-3 says, “…the citizens of the state are requested to take the pledge of allegiance set out in Code Section 50-3-2.” Kudos to the Senate for leading by example. Will the House lead by example, or will they ignore Georgia Law, as they usually do?

redneck

November 13th, 2010
10:15 am

barck hoosane obama

redneck

November 13th, 2010
10:21 am

i love blazin saddles

wondering

November 13th, 2010
10:34 am

anything to put off actually WORKING.

letsfly

November 13th, 2010
11:20 am

Why is it just fine to be critical of
Bush but not Obama? I mean you can rip Bush a new one and people either laugh or they get mad.This is the way it’s always been in politics.People have always made fun of politicians in office,either their views, the way they talk,the way they look, but now we have a president that if you’re critical the least bit you’re a racist.Comedians on late night TV have to handle him with kid gloves.Oh they make jokes but not like they did with Bush.I didn’t like Clinton and I made a point of letting people know it.But now all of a sudden if your’re crirical of Obama you’re a racist. please explain it to me,I dont get the other sides logic.Stop making excuses for Obama.If he’s not good he’s not good. Nothing racist about it.

Glenn Roberts

November 13th, 2010
12:01 pm

For anyone to refuse to pledge allegiance to the flag is not acceptable in this country. We need to help Sen. Emanuel Jones of Decatur absent himself from the chamber. He obviously doesn’t know who he serves.