An awkward mention for Johnny Isakson

With the departure of U.S. Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev., a seat opens up on the powerful Senate Finance Committee – whose jurisdiction covers Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and taxes.

Roll Call opines that most Republicans in Washington expect U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson to get the nod. Which would give Georgia two senators at the center of a mounting debate over the federal deficit.

Saxby Chambliss, of course, is up to his ears with Gang of Six negotiations.

But before we get all excited, let us look at the facts, as presented in that same Roll Call article. Isakson is vice-chairman of the Senate Ethics Committee, and with chairman Barbara Boxer has been – for the last 22 months – at the head of an investigation into Ensign’s affair and its ramifications.

Let’s see: Senator resigns and is replaced by the fellow who, in the way of things, helped force his resignation. The optics are awkward.

Isakson is in Asia and thus out of pocket. But as much as many would like to see him more deeply involved in the nation’s financial debate, I’m betting this isn’t the path he’ll pursue.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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16 comments Add your comment

RetiredSoldier

April 25th, 2011
2:25 pm

Jim-

Even for you this is a low blow. To imply Isakson would have motive is a slap in the face of one of the most ethical men in politics. I don’t always agree with his votes, but I trust his ethics completely.

You sir should know better.

jgalloway

April 25th, 2011
2:47 pm

RetiredSoldier:

Go back and read the post carefully. I’m saying you’re right. That’s why it won’t happen.

Danny O

April 25th, 2011
2:51 pm

Nothing was implied by this item; it is merely an acknowledgement of the problem of perception. There is nothing here to suggest that Mr. Galloway projected a motive onto our junior Senator.

Aquagirl

April 25th, 2011
3:05 pm

RS, you lookin’ for a fight today? :)

Jim’s sarcasm and general style of writing can be subtle. Let’s face it, the man spends most of his time thinking and writing about politicians. You should be glad there is an actual point, and he’s not simply gibbering insanely. Most of us would have passed that point long ago.

UGA graduate

April 25th, 2011
3:20 pm

Republicans wanted Jon Ensign out of the way, so that the Republican could appoint a Republican congressman to the seat and give him a leg up on the 2012 general election. The problem for the GOP is that a special election will be held for Dean Heller’s seat puts crazy Sharon Angle on track to be the representative to be the representative from this Reno-based district. Democratic Rep. Shelly Barkley has decided to run for the Senate seat, so now she becomes the underdog.

Republicans are using their control to cement redistricting in their favor in many states, while pushing for bipartisan panels in Democratic controls in places, like California, to help Republicans. Add this to an explosion of voter ID laws, to lower voter turnout and Democratic voters. The GOP keeps claiming election fraud, but fail to back it up with any hard evidence.

In power, Republicans act like Communists. They hold elections, but in many districts there are no contests. They pack Democrats into 90 percent minority districts, while putting Republicans into safe districts. We have long, snake-like districts rather than geographically-centered districts.

RetiredSoldier

April 25th, 2011
4:28 pm

Jim-

I reread your article three times. It still sounds like you implying JI may have had other motives. None the less I take you at your word and appreicate your clearing the air. Thank you.

RetiredSoldier

April 25th, 2011
4:30 pm

AQ-

Heck yes I am looking for a fight…haha. I would have picked a fight with you but I was worried you would hurt me! I thought Jim was an easier target…haha Got to go, have a great day.

RetiredSoldier

April 25th, 2011
4:32 pm

UGAgrad-

May I refer you to Georgia’s redistricting after the 2000 census. Enough said.

Freedom lover

April 25th, 2011
4:32 pm

Having 2 GA senators in the middle of the budget debate would be great except for the fact that both are big government liberals masquerading as so-called small government conservatives. What would be great would be to see Rand Paul get the nod for the seat. Then at least someone who really cares about fiscal conservatism and reducing the empire abroad would be in a position to do some good. Johnny and Saxbay are both embarassments to anyone who believes in small constitutional government.

USMC2841

April 25th, 2011
4:56 pm

I agree there is a tinge of an Earl Warren like situation here but Johnny didn’t break ethics rules he simply investigated them. As Joe Friday always said, “Just the facts, Ma’am.” This could show just how devoted to the Fair Tax Johnny is. If he starts clamping down in committee until the Fair Tax is brought to the floor will he be run out of position or party?

USMC2841

April 25th, 2011
5:05 pm

UGAGrad explain to me how Cynthia McKinney’s district stretching from Atlanta to Savannah and was only as wide at I-20 in some stretches equates to Republicans misusing the system. The Ga. Dems knew for years that they could gerrymander and delay the suits in court until the next 10 year census occurred and then start the process over again. As for voter fraud use Google. I agree it happens on both sides but a constitutional law protecting against it can help keep it in check.

yuzeyurbrane

April 25th, 2011
5:37 pm

It really doesn’t matter. If past behavior is any indicator, Johnny will just put his finger in the air to see which way the wind is blowing and then cast his sincere vote.

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

April 25th, 2011
10:07 pm

Draft-dodger Isakson who called the voters of Georgia “the great unwashed” couldn’t manage to wash behind his own ears then popped the pimple which almost killed him. What a clown.

Quiet neighbor

April 25th, 2011
11:15 pm

“dems did it, why can’t we?” 5th grade politics, uggh.

B-Bro

April 27th, 2011
6:38 pm

Not another UGA delivery guy, pay him for the pizza so he gets off of here.