The war over PSC stationery

Utility lobbyists are quite familiar with the hostilities between Tim Echols, the new chairman of the Public Service Commission, and commission member Laurence “Bubba” McDonald, who has spear-headed an attempt to put a stop to the PSC’s tradition of rotating the position.

But they probably didn’t know that tempers were on such a hair-trigger. Echols’ ascension to the post has required the PSC to order up some new stationery, noting the fact of Echols’ leadership in the letterhead.

Normally, the four other members of the utility regulating commission are listed as well. But we’re told that McDonald has demanded that his name be omitted from the new stationery. He doesn’t want his name anywhere near that of Echols.

The order isn’t back from the printer’s yet. We’ve asked for a copy.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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22 comments Add your comment

GaBlue

January 12th, 2012
1:33 pm

The stationary should provide the following information under the signature line:

“The Georgia Public Service Commission is a fully owned subsidiary of the Southern Company. Any resemblence to a government regulatory body charged with protecting the taxpayers of Georgia is purely cosmetic.”

The Snark

January 12th, 2012
1:46 pm

GaBlue:

Frankly, it is outrageous that you would dare claim that “The Georgia Public Service Commission is a fully owned subsidiary of the Southern Company.” You couldn’t be more wrong.

The PSC is co-owned by the Atlanta Gas Light Company.

GaBlue

January 12th, 2012
1:52 pm

The Snark,

Thank you for the clarification! I thought they just contracted out to AGL and smaller EMCs as needed.

Centrist

January 12th, 2012
1:59 pm

From an AJC article last summer – Using official Public Service Commission letterhead, Echols went straight to the Augusta National Golf Club to request two complimentary practice round tickets to last year’s Masters, long after tickets had been distributed to one of the world’s most prestigious golf tournaments through a lottery system.

After getting no response to the March 7 letter, Echols sent a follow-up letter March 16 to Augusta National’s executive director, Jim Armstrong, announcing: “My intention is to spot check limousines that are serving patrons and professionals to make sure that these limousines are properly registered with the state of Georgia.”

In that letter, Echols wanted access to the grounds of Augusta National during the early rounds of the tournament so he could, with an armed Department of Public Safety official, check limo drivers to see whether they were properly licensed with the state. Augusta National denied Echols access, and he later called off the operation after pressure from other commissioners.

http://www.ajc.com/news/georgia-politics-elections/state-utility-commissioners-pursuit-1139795.html

Darvocet spending

January 12th, 2012
2:01 pm

The Snark

Frankly, it is outrageous that you would dare claim that “The Georgia Public Service Commission is a fully owned subsidiary of the Southern Company.” You couldn’t be more wrong.

It is you who is wrong, the PSC is in Georgia Power’s pocket.

just askin'

January 12th, 2012
2:02 pm

maybe they should reorder with NO NAMES on the letterhead – just an agency logo. sheesh – what a bunch of bloated egos.

Darvocet spending

January 12th, 2012
2:03 pm

Sorry Snark, I didn’t pick up the sarcasm in your post. But I maintain and semblance of ownership of the PSC by smaller utilities is mere coincidence–Georgia Power gets what it wants!

Darvocet spending

January 12th, 2012
2:15 pm

BTW: Don’t reply to TD should he start posting in this thread.

The Ghost of Lester Maddox

January 12th, 2012
2:31 pm

Here’s an idea – no matter what names appear or don’t appear on the stationary, how ’bout printing the stationary on 2-ply toilet paper?

JR

January 12th, 2012
2:31 pm

+1 to GaBlue

Best comment in ages, thanks.

The Snark

January 12th, 2012
2:45 pm

@ Darvocet spending:

I shall try to be more blatantly obvious in future posts.

The Snark

January 12th, 2012
2:46 pm

@ The Ghost of Lester Maddox: Though ye may be more of gravy than the grave, best fracking laugh I’ve had all week.

GET REAL

January 12th, 2012
2:55 pm

td–where are you? You need to get up and defend this group of boneheads. They need someone to do it.These are your kind of elected Republican officials. It makes us all feel good that these are the folks who were entrusted by the stupid Georgia electorate to keep an eye on the utilities who don’t believe they should be subject to ANY form of regulation. The utilities don’t have a thing to worry about.

Attack Dog

January 12th, 2012
3:06 pm

Why waste taxpayers money. Just list the commissioners and their terms, and forget titles. If Bubba doesn’t want his name on the stationary, here’s a novel idea…QUIT.

honested

January 12th, 2012
3:17 pm

Now I understand why they are unable to attend to the Public Interest.

It takes a lot of time and diligence to select the proper stationery.

Truly unfortunate that the Public remains essentially unaware of their hijinks.

td

January 12th, 2012
3:17 pm

GET REAL

January 12th, 2012
2:55 pm

Bubba is a RINO and Tim is a A$$hole. Why should I defend them I think they both need to quit.

catlady

January 12th, 2012
5:33 pm

Amen, GA BLUE. The only commissioner we’ve had worth a damn was Angela Spears.

JBH

January 12th, 2012
10:05 pm

Bubba should grow up and learn to work with other people! Echols is a gracious individual and a very effective leader who is representing Georgia consumers. Bubba’s behavior might be acceptable in grade school but not among leaders.

Eddie Myers

January 12th, 2012
10:35 pm

Bubba is off base on this one. He is obviously threatend by Echols desire to think outside the box. Bubba would do himself some good to put this in the past and work with Echols to move the PSC forward. Instead he wants to participate in petty 3rd grade behavior.

Shearer

January 13th, 2012
6:53 am

Bubba is a petty child. He has spent his entire life pitching fits when things don’t go the way he wants them to.

freddy

January 13th, 2012
1:38 pm

Some of us are old enough to recall the only true friend of the working class was former PSC Chairman Mac Barber.

Echols has to go

January 13th, 2012
2:50 pm

Echols does indeed think outside the box: shaking down the Masters, tax payer funded “meeting” in Albany when his daughter had a track meet there, two taxpayer funded trips with his family to St Simons, first to practice a news conference, second to hold it, a visit to Israel to take a look at electric cars when the PSC has no relationship to electric cars. Echols is a buffoon, the class clown of state government and should step down now. But hey, he learned to think outside the box working for Oxendine and what more could we expect?