We have talked about the difficult position Senate President pro tem Tommie Williams and Majority Leader Chip Rogers are in when it comes to the power struggle in that chamber.
But Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle is in a tight spot, too. He can’t be perceived as having any personal ambition to have his powers over the chamber restored.
Below is how Cagle responded, in an interview with Nwandi Lawson of Georgia Public Broadcasting, to House Speaker David Ralston’s call for the Senate to end its “little experiment” with alternative leadership. We believe this is the only sitdown interview the lieutenant governor has given:
”Clearly the [House] speaker was very frustrated yesterday, and I think he made a very valid point. It’s been an experiment that really is against tradition within the state Senate.
“You’ve always had the lieutenant governor not only as the presiding officer but as the real leader of the Senate. And the rules changes took some of those powers away. It really has clogged the process down. And I think the speaker was very accurate in his comments that the ‘experiment’ is not working, and that progress has not been able to be done.
“And it’s affecting the real business of the state of Georgia. And it’s an issue that does have to be resolved. We’re hopeful that this can get resolved this session. But if not, we’ll come back after the session and continue. Because it is important that the Senate as an institution have a very strong leader and is able to advance the causes that are important to the citizens of Georgia – certainly tax reform, along with immigration, the budget – all of those issues….”
Cagle’s rivals for power, Williams and Rogers, have declined invitations to make their positions known.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider