Catching up: Tommie Williams on his new job, and Sue Everhart on Michael Steele

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.”

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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

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13 comments Add your comment

Just Nasty & Mean

December 2nd, 2010
3:16 pm

Sue Everhart, Michael Steele, and the other out-dated blue bloods that like things the way they have been for decades, had better get on board the new train. The Tea Party, Conservatives and Constitutionalists have put their votes behind the Repubs. ONE MORE TIME.

If Everhart, Steele, and Deal don’t get the message that the insider selection of candidates (like ethical stalwart Nathan Deal) is OVER!

And when it comes to legislation, our Repub elected officials HAD BETTER stick to the tenants of the constitution or THEY are ALL—-OUT!

Douglas

December 2nd, 2010
4:12 pm

Oh Just Nasty, you poor thing! Don’t you know that the GOPpers are already shutting the door in your face? None of the candidates for Chairman were willing to admit that their victory was in any part thanks to the TEA Party movement — and that was at a TEA Party sponsored event!

And as for Tommie, I sure hope he cleared all that with the other members of the Star Chamber, or he’ll find that he’s standing there with Casey, on the outside looking in.

You know, all of this drama would be funny if it weren’t our nation and our state we were talking about.

calvinb

December 2nd, 2010
4:35 pm

stay right there Steele and fight for your job. Don’t let them force you to the back of the bus. Racist repubs. The man won more seats in Congress in history. His reward. Make up every excuse to fire him. Right on. thats the way we roll!!!

Just Nasty & Mean, the "new train" . . .

December 2nd, 2010
7:08 pm

. . . sounds a lot like the “old train”.

According to Galloway’s earlier post: “The National Journal has toted up the 2010 earmark requests by the 52 members of Congress who form the Tea Party Caucus:
According to a Hotline review of records compiled by Citizens Against Government Waste, the 52 members of the caucus, which pledges to cut spending and reduce the size of government, requested a total of 764 earmarks valued at $1,049,783,150 during Fiscal Year 2010, the last year for which records are available.
“It’s disturbing to see the Tea Party Caucus requested that much in earmarks. This is their time to put up or shut up, to be blunt,” said David Williams, vice president for policy at Citizens Against Government Waste. “There’s going to be a huge backlash if they continue to request earmarks.””

Meanwhile, back at the local ranch:

“The state Capitol is four floors of empty space in December. Vacant. Vacuous. Hollow, even. Even so, the state Senate’s new ruling Committee on Assignments couldn’t find an empty conference room to hold an organizational meeting today. Six of its members have decamped to the 191 Club in downtown Atlanta. And no, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle’s two appointees were not invited. Because this is how power-sharing works.”
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

Joe's cobb

December 2nd, 2010
8:13 pm

What “doesn’t work”? Does anyone know if Sue is up for reelection? Didn’t she pick up a lot of seats during this past election too? Should she apply the same “it doesn’t work” criteria to herself as she does to Steele?

ED

December 2nd, 2010
9:08 pm

Tommie Williams……what an idiot!

vuduchld

December 2nd, 2010
10:15 pm

Let’s face it, who cares about these maggots anyway. Flush them down the toilet!!

[...]  Tommie Williams’ comments that he will be the Governor’s point man in the Senate have rankled other Senator’s on that same committee, and some egos are having to be soothed after his comments.   Despite his title of President Pro Tem of the Senate, it seems at least a couple of the other Senators on the committee have expressed disappointment in their views of being less than equal to Williams when dealing with Deal. [...]

BitterEXdemocrackkk

December 3rd, 2010
5:15 am

Ive met Michael Steele who was a fantastic RNC Chairman. Still, I have yet to hear what it is that he has done or why ‘they’ dont like him. I cant imagine a better choice, but then Im UNaffiliated and not a republican.

Observer

December 3rd, 2010
10:20 am

now Williams and Rogers will sell the senate votes. too bad for Cagle.

Fulton Resident

December 3rd, 2010
12:28 pm

Tommie Williams, Chip Rogers and Bill Cowsert. Wow – what a dream team that is….

No dream team

December 4th, 2010
7:31 am

Nice tongue in cheek comment. Now that we know a little more about “william” Rogers true motivation to serve maybe he should be shuffled back to the bottom like preston smith and seabaugh. Rogers is not serving Georgia, he is serving himself. He is a D.C. Registered Lobbyist for the Democrats! Shameful.

Son of Mitch

December 4th, 2010
4:21 pm

Chip Rogers……what a corrupt idiot!