We’re picking up word that the Wednesday closed-door meeting called by Gov. Nathan Deal with Atlanta lawmakers, to discuss the city school system’s accreditation problems, almost fell apart in the first few minutes.
Deal announced that he wanted House Democratic Leader Stacey Abrams, D-Atlanta, and former Republican candidate for state Senate Beth Beskin to monitor the public school system on behalf of both the Legislature and the governor.
Abrams, given her position, was a natural choice. But within the room, Beskin was another matter. Considered an up-and-comer among Republicans, Beskin ran against state Sen. Horacena Tate, D-Atlanta, in November. Tate, who was re-elected with 64 percent of the margin, was in the room when Deal made his announcement.
There was an immediate impression among the Democrats who filled the room that this was an attempt to boost Beskin for yet another run against Tate — despite the governor’s emphasis on setting aside partisan politics.