A late post, because – if you’re a member of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce – you might be interested in why your Eggs & Issues Breakfast will be so thinly attended Tuesday morning.
Or why Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle might be a tad distracted during his address.
Late Monday morning, as the Senate was about to convene, a housekeeping measure was introduced for unanimous consent. Included in the legislation was a slight modification of the Senate rules.
It would have made Senate President pro tem Tommie Williams, R-Lyons, automatic chairman of the chamber’s Committee on Administrative Affairs, which holds the Senate’s purse strings. Right now, the chamber’s fiscal affairs are controlled by Cagle.
The language would also have allowed Williams to deal directly with House Speaker David Ralston on certain matters. The formation of some committees – we’re not sure whether conference committees were included.
In essence, it was an attempt to complete the coup against Cagle that was launched in November.
Cagle’s people caught the language. Word quickly spread, and the matter was withdrawn – though discussion continued. Apparently many people were taken by surprise, including some members of the ruling Committee of Assignments – all of whom met with the lieutenant governor at 2 p.m.
Expletives were uttered by people who usually don’t.
Also something to be considered: Those mid-day Monday remarks by Majority Leader Chip Rogers, R-Woodstock, indicating that the business of the Committee of Assignments was over and done.
Phone calls and e-mails went out to make sure all Senate Republicans would be at this morning’s 9 a.m. caucus meeting. Likewise, Senate Democrats will meet at the same time, albeit at another locale on Capitol grounds.
Oh, the drama.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider