Holidays get in the way, and occasionally the Internet fails to scoop up some of the better news tidbits. So consider this a bit of catching up.
Many in the state Capitol, including House Speaker David Ralston, have wondered out loud who in the Senate will be acting as the voice of the chamber, given Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle’s demotion.
They suspect that Senate President pro tem Tommie Williams, R-Lyons, will act as chairman of the newly empowered Committee on Assignments, and be the man in charge of one-on-one negotiations. However, nothing has been set down on paper.
But in the Nov. 13 edition of the Jesup Press-Sentinel, Williams indicated that a) he will run the Committee on Assignments, voting only to break a tie; and b) he will be the one that Gov. Nathan Deal and Ralston should phone when a deal is to be brokered.
From the article by Drew Davis:
[Williams] also said that, in negotiating with the governor and the speaker of the House on behalf of the Senate, he expects to be working closely with [Senate Majority Leader Chip] Rogers and [Bill] Cowsert.
The changes reflect the traditional operations of the Senate and its Republican caucus, according to Williams.
Williams insisted that the decision was not aimed at Cagle personally.
“I think Casey’s done a great job,” Williams said.
He added, though, “The Senate position on issues has not always been Casey’s position….The executive branch is not always going to have the same position as the legislative branch.”
Michael Steele’s exit as chairman of the Republican National Committee became a sure thing last week, with a tell-tale Associated Press article that quoted state GOP chairman Sue Everhart.
Everhart has come to Steele’s rescue at least twice, to help him beat back forces that wanted to oust him. But it doesn’t sound like there will be a third time:
“I supported Steele very heavily last time. I haven’t written him off, but I’m looking at the other ones,” said Georgia GOP chairwoman Sue Everhart. “Michael Steele, his heart was in the right place and he tried to be a good chairman. We won, but you’ve got to have leadership at the top or it doesn’t work.”
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider