State Rep. Bobby Franklin found dead

State Rep. Bobby Franklin, R-Cobb County, was found dead today, Cobb police say

State Rep. Bobby Franklin, R-Cobb County, was found dead today, Cobb police say. Hyosub Shin, hshin@ajc.com

Cobb County police just confirmed that state Rep. Bobby Franklin, a Cobb County Republican who skirted the outer reaches of conservatism and helped design the current state flag, has been found dead at his home.

“Our investigators are out there now, at the residence,” said police spokesman Mike Bowman. He promised more details later this afternoon.

From my AJC colleague Chris Joyner:

According to Cobb County sources, a family friend came to check on Franklin this morning after he didn’t show up for church Sunday. The friend saw Franklin’s truck in the driveway and, peeking through the window, saw his computer was on and called the police.

Franklin had complained of chest pains Friday and planned to seek the advice of a family friend who is a nurse.

Police found Franklin in his bed, dead.

Members of the Cobb County legislative delegation funneled press calls through delegation chairman Rep. Ed Setzler, who expressed condolences and remembered Franklin as a man of conviction.

“Rep. Franklin would want his legacy to be one of principled leadership. He was very fond of saying it is never the right time to do the wrong thing,” Setzler said. “He would want to be remembered first as a person of faith, and second as a person who loved his country and loved liberty.”

From House Speaker David Ralston:

“Jane and I are very saddened to learn of Bobby’s passing today. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends during this difficult time. Bobby was a man of principle and a dedicated public servant who held steadfast to his views. The Georgia House of Representatives will miss the gentleman from the 43rd district.”

But this from Stacy Abrams, the House Democratic leader, may be more instructive:

Although many of his principles differed from my own, I had the occasion to work with Bobby on several pieces of legislation and consider those times to be among the high points of my career.

Bobby was never deterred from pursuing the things he believed to be right. He was willing to question authority and challenge paradigms – two things I found to be very instructive.

For you ladies and gentlemen who intend to comment below: Whether or not you agreed with him, Franklin was a kind and gentle man. Conduct yourselves accordingly.

Updated: Commenting on this post has been closed.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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Disgusted

July 26th, 2011
1:35 pm

You people are disgusting. A man has died – like his politics or not, he was a human being, someone’s son, husband, brother, father or grandfather.

Ted Sheckler

July 26th, 2011
1:35 pm

The liberal class is really oozing from these posts. Just more proof that liberalism is a disease. The sad thing is that Galloway will leave these disgusting posts on his blog. Pathetic.

RUKiddingME

July 26th, 2011
1:35 pm

How do you speak such hate. The man just died and we do not know how.

Ayana

July 26th, 2011
1:35 pm

Praying for his family…

12Gauge

July 26th, 2011
1:36 pm

I thought it was evil to speak ill of the dead…….apparently that only applies to a drugged out soul-jazz singer that was a train wreck waiting to happen…..but anyone on the right side of politics is fair game even unto death. Slime will always prevail when people have no ethics of their own. May you libbies choke on the bile you are regurgitating here.

Red

July 26th, 2011
1:36 pm

Wow. So much hate on here. And coming from the “tolerant and peace-minded Left”. This does not surprise me one bit. Such compassion. Such love. Maybe with the hate and vitriol we need to investigate each one of these people here for hate speech.

gadem

July 26th, 2011
1:36 pm

have a little respect for the dead, regardless of his political leanings…

Um, speechless

July 26th, 2011
1:36 pm

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jw

July 26th, 2011
1:36 pm

Not really the place to unload on the dead like that. One would think there would be a little bit more reverence to his family and not a bunch of hate and vile.

Southerners were taught to be more respectful – go somewhere else for the hate stuff and I hope the admin staff takes the vile down.

Emma

July 26th, 2011
1:37 pm

@Disgusted: I have to totally agree with you!

ADD

July 26th, 2011
1:37 pm

I shall show the same degree of sympathy and compassion toward his passing as he would toward mine…Absolutely none whatsoever.

Greg

July 26th, 2011
1:38 pm

Whatever one may have thought of him, this isn’t the time for crasp remarks. He probably has a family and people who love him. Can’t we show a little respect and restraint? His bad behavior doesn’t justify yours.

Georgia Voter

July 26th, 2011
1:38 pm

I thought the man was a bit extreme, but I’m sad he’s gone. My prayers go out to his family.

Elizabeth

July 26th, 2011
1:38 pm

Everytime something happens to a politician, the people who comment on the article say the WORST things imaginable. Regardless of whether you agree with someone’s views, disrespecting someone and their family during a tragedy is disguisting. All the negative reviewers should be ashamed of themselves.

Tired of BS

July 26th, 2011
1:39 pm

My condolences to the family of Bobby Franklin.

Ben E. Henn

July 26th, 2011
1:39 pm

Jim, why not close out the comments section before this gets out of hand. My deepest sympathy to the family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

T

July 26th, 2011
1:39 pm

Wow, and you guys accuse the right wingers of being full of hate?
“Milfred Freedman-$5 says auto-erotic asphyxiation.”
“about time -The gold standard in CRAZY. good riddance!”

Another example of hypocrisy from left wing nut jobs who can’t respect the death of an individual. Let’s not forget that he had a life outside of politics and you are not only disrespecting him but his family as well. I would say shame on you, but you just don’t understand. You type of people are a disgrace to all humans.

Ted Sheckler

July 26th, 2011
1:40 pm

I stand corrected, glad those comments were deleted. People like david c need a lot of help.

cc423

July 26th, 2011
1:41 pm

I am a fairly liberal Democrat and I am saddened by this news. Politics are the badge we wear, a choice we make and when tragedies like this occur, we must rise above our petty politics and mourn the loss of a soul.

Representative Ralph Long

July 26th, 2011
1:41 pm

Serving with Bobby has been an honor. He was always open and genuine and I can’t believe that he is gone. I am simply at a loss for words for my good friend and public servant.

NB Forrest

July 26th, 2011
1:41 pm

Bobby was a good friend and was with us when the flag fight started back in 1991. He stood as a patriot like of the founders for what was right. Bobby introduced the first tag bill to get the Sons of Confederate Veterans money from the sale of the tags. RIP good friend. Dixie Forever!

Aquagirl

July 26th, 2011
1:41 pm

like his politics or not, he was a human being, someone’s son, husband, brother, father or grandfather.

This was the jack@$$ who wanted criminal investigations of miscarriages. He and his family are getting the same respect in their time of loss he wanted for others—which is to say absolutely zero. Boo-hoo.

Red

July 26th, 2011
1:42 pm

ADD – so you base your life on how others treat you? You mimic what other people do instead of rise above it? You cannot do your own thing but have to live through other people’s actions?

Jon Lester

July 26th, 2011
1:42 pm

I would have much preferred to see him live a long life. He may have called attention to himself on more than a few occasions but he didn’t do any real harm.

sampleton boff

July 26th, 2011
1:42 pm

He made himself a divisive public figure, so it stands to reason people are going to talk a mean game whenever he comes up in the news, even in death. Those of you reacting to insensitive comments knew they were here and went looking for them. Find something else to do. I doubt the deceased much cares what’s being posted here anyway.

hmmmm

July 26th, 2011
1:44 pm

Sad that someone passed, but this guy was not a ‘well’ person. He did a good job judging others – maybe he should have looked closer at himself!

SpaceyG on Twitter

July 26th, 2011
1:44 pm

Bobby Franklin was a sex-obsessed (other people having it) legislative freak show. He definitely put the *E* in extremism.

CSloan

July 26th, 2011
1:44 pm

As a Democratic county chair in middle GA, Bobby Franklin may have had views different from my own, but it is truly saddening to hear of his passing. Political labels should not define the value of someone’s life and it is my fervent hope that his family finds peace in this difficult time and that they may have the peace that will surely guide them through this difficult time. In our democracy our debates over issues may be heated but we are all humans and Americans and I pray we all can stand in remembrance of this loss of life from the fabric of the human family.

Harry

July 26th, 2011
1:44 pm

Bobby Franklin was a great man. He helped others more than anyone else I have ever known. He didn’t broadcast it like so many do today. A horrible loss for our country.

hmmmm

July 26th, 2011
1:44 pm

and @Aquagirl – I’m agreeing with you 100%!

T Knight

July 26th, 2011
1:44 pm

My condolences to Mr. Franklin’s family.

DebDoes

July 26th, 2011
1:45 pm

please close post down! The insensitivity in GA makes me ill!

Nichole

July 26th, 2011
1:45 pm

May his soul rest in peace.

And Mr. Galloway, if you want to close down this post just do it, otherwise let people exercise their First Amendment rights. Not everyone is going to agree or be civil towards one another… That’s just life.

how2fish

July 26th, 2011
1:45 pm

My condolences to the family of Rep Franklin

Trinigal

July 26th, 2011
1:46 pm

Who is Bobby Franklin????

Vote for Pedro

July 26th, 2011
1:46 pm

Bobby, bless his heart, has gone to be with Jesus. And not a moment too soon. When is the investigation of that drunken Milton lady going to reveal if she was drinking at that anti-Illegal bar Mulligan’s right before she allegedly mowed down the bicycler she might have assumed to be one of THEM?

NellaPlease

July 26th, 2011
1:46 pm

Why do you assume that just because someone doesn’t like everything a politician did that they are members of the opposing party? Or, EVEN WORSE, a crazy liberal? And then, why do you assume that everyone is capable of being respectful of the dead? Obviously this isn’t true or a whole lot of people wouldn’t have done a whole lot of things they’d done, liberal, conservative, crazy, etc. Sad that he died. But let’s have realistic expectations of our fellow humans.

Don't Forget

July 26th, 2011
1:46 pm

Obviously a tragedy, hopefully no foul play. I feel for his family.

Aquagirl's hate

July 26th, 2011
1:47 pm

Clearly Aquagirl has some built up hate she can only take out on the dead. Real mature attitude to have. No wonder our society is so polarized. What the Left claims comes only from talk radio clearly comes from a looking in the mirror. Hate, hate, bitterness, hate. Angry, bitter, spiteful issues. Don’t give Aquagirl a gun or she might go shooting kids, dogs, and old people in crowds – after all isn’t that what the Left says happens with people so wrapped in this sort of hatred? Such extremist behavior. I’m sure DHS will call you out as a hate group as well.

elle

July 26th, 2011
1:47 pm

My deepest condolences to his family and friends. I am as “left” as they come, but the passing of anyone is never a time to bring up partisan politics. Keep it clean, folks. RIP Bobby.

how2fish

July 26th, 2011
1:47 pm

@CSloan classy comments sir, we need a vigorous debate on political issues but we don’t have to make it personal..just because you have the right to say something doesn’t always mean you have to.

Jim S.

July 26th, 2011
1:48 pm

I am very sorry to hear of Bobby’s passing. I don’t believe anyone could have accused the man of being a sell out. While he took some positions that I (and many others)would consider extreme, I found him to be a polite gentleman in person. He was respectful to others with whom he disagreed. Ultimately, a free society benefits greatly from debate. My best to his family.

Enrique J Elizondo

July 26th, 2011
1:48 pm

a man died and you both REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS ARE THROWING EVIL CRAP TO EACH OTHER? grow up clowns that is why we are a circus of a country anymore

Atlantaphotog

July 26th, 2011
1:48 pm

Honestly, what are we supposed to say with stories like this? This man was filled with such radical ideas and hatred toward specific groups, even people I know who are conservative Republicans didn’t like the guy. I honestly feel sympathy for the man’s family, because even though we are all going to die eventually, a sudden unexpected death like this is more than many can handle. So to his familiy, you have my condolences… to the political climate here, well, this says it all about his “ideas”: http://www.mdjonline.com/v​iew/full_story/11295596/ar​ticle-East-Cobb-Rep–Frank​lin-s-take-on-gays–gold–​goats-and-God?instance=hom​e_news_left

SusanH

July 26th, 2011
1:48 pm

How very sad. My deepest condolences go out to his family and loved ones. May they be comforted in their grief, and may God’s Grace and Mercy be with them during this difficult time. Let’s be gentle, folks – one doesn’t have to share his political views to have compassion for him and his family. Do unto others, you know?

JM

July 26th, 2011
1:49 pm

No sympathy. He was a hate filled individual who had no compassion for so many.

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Cameron

July 26th, 2011
1:50 pm

Rep. Franklin was someone who I never agreed with in principle, but wishing ill will to him and his family (as to any of your enemies) is without respect. You should all be ashamed to let the polarization of politics judge how you mourn or show respect. He served those in Georgia with dignity and pride. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Real American

July 26th, 2011
1:50 pm

He wanted women who miscarried to face criminal investigations….well….rest in peace.