Christian Coalition wants Chip Rogers gone as Senate majority leader

The organization in question isn’t what it once was, so keep that in mind, but the Associated Press reports this:

Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers should resign his leadership post because of his connection to a business that handicapped sports games for gamblers years ago, the head of the Georgia Christian Coalition said Wednesday.

Coalition President Jerry Luquire said Rogers, R-Woodstock, is too close to the industry to have a leadership role during the upcoming legislative session, when the coalition expects gambling will be a public issue for lawmakers. The group did not call on Rogers, R-Woodstock, to leave his Senate seat.

Rogers faces a contested primary against GOP challenger Brandon Beach.

“I want him to step down because of his proximity or accessory to gambling activity in the past,” Luquire said.

Rogers did not immediately return a message seeking comment. He recently acknowledged appearing on a show that years ago predicted which teams would win upcoming games, a service that gamblers call handicapping. Rogers said he read off a script and did not personally make predictions.

In a 1999 episode, an announcer introduced Rogers as having “been a handicapper for decades,” according to WSB-TV. The issue was first reported by Atlanta Unfiltered, a news website. Rogers said he was not promoting gambling, even though the show advertised the accuracy of his picks and was sponsored by an offshore casino.

“It’s not my role to determine what people use the information for,” Rogers told WSB-TV. “I was simply there to read a script, what they did with the information had nothing to do with me.”

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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34 comments Add your comment

Jeff Sexton

May 30th, 2012
9:09 pm

Luquire is a moron who is simply looking to salvage whatever modicum of credibility he MAY have. This is the guy who worked against something that has passed in 80% of the jurisdictions it was FINALLY allowed to come to a vote in…

One Who Knows....

May 30th, 2012
9:33 pm

If the Christian Coalition is against Rogers then he has my vote!

Even the Mafia has a better code of honor than Laquire and his cronies. Just ask casino gambling advocate Jerry Keen, former chairman of the Christian Coalition and his buddy Ralph Reed.

Georgia Voter

May 30th, 2012
9:38 pm

This will probably hurt microChip.

drip rogers

May 30th, 2012
10:00 pm

Seriously – Chip is destroying our public education, communities and is also a crooked politician. The man needs to be replaced and Beach needs to represent the people in our district. If it going to benefit Chip and his family he will make it happen and screw over the voters.

Toes The Line

May 30th, 2012
10:01 pm

But isn’t this SO republican….. they all do whatever they do, but steer to Jesus, Virgin Mary, teetotalers, anti-everything just to get (and stay) elected.

Hypocrisy maximus

hiram

May 30th, 2012
10:16 pm

You don’t need an organization, regardless of it’s status, to inform you that Chip Rogers has no business in politics. If he doesn’t leave voluntarily, he should be removed from office, but it will never happen in the state that elected Sonny Perdue, two times, and even more incredible, Nathan Deal. It would take a 10 engine train to haul all of the baggage they brought with them to office, but it’s all abstract to Georgia’s naive voters. Just tell them what they want to hear, and rob them blind, and they will never know the difference.

jconservative

May 30th, 2012
10:19 pm

“The group did not call on Rogers, R-Woodstock, to leave his Senate seat.”

Why?

Kris

May 30th, 2012
10:39 pm

Wonder what kind of handicap he put on Newt and the mitter?

Georgia Voter

May 30th, 2012
10:42 pm

He’s blaming this on his opponent. Um, the article says that the investigation began 9 months ago. Did his opponent even know that he (Beach) was going to run that long ago? Also, were beach and Chump Rogers even in the same districts back then?

honested

May 30th, 2012
11:09 pm

Wow how strange.

Now I have a reason to write a check to chip rogers.

Ol' Timer

May 30th, 2012
11:12 pm

Chip knows that if you get all the fools on your side you can be elected to anything. And, he has the fools lined up.

nomaj

May 30th, 2012
11:25 pm

Hiram, I do agree with you about GA’s hopelessly naive voters, who vote in the most cynical platitude spewing God/Flag/ Anti-Liberal Big Govt. hustlers, which is what the Republican party has both sunk to, and found such success with.
However, I do at least think that Mr. Deal is doing a comparatively much better job as Governor than Sonny Perdue, who was just so boneheaded in his political lack of leadership, and so shameless with his personal greed at GA taxpayers’ expense.

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

May 30th, 2012
11:29 pm

A stopped clock is right twice a day. Rogers is a man without integrity and no good for Georgia.

Mandingo

May 30th, 2012
11:40 pm

Christian Coalition ?????

are these Christians or Southern Baptists because there is a BIG DIFFERENCE between the two

Jas

May 30th, 2012
11:43 pm

So what happens if Chip doesn’t resign?

Is Luquire going to make more vapid threats? It really worked for him on Sunday sales. Oh wait.

At this point the CC’s leadership and influence is almost as dysfunctional as the DPOG.

Buckhead

May 31st, 2012
12:18 am

I think the biggest issue with Chip is his association with John Edens. How many of you would office with a convicted felon and con man like Edens?

How many of you would attempt to transfer a hotel with a 2 million dollar loan to a guy like Edens for 10k?

Where did the 1 million dollars that disappeared go? How did Chip afford to buy his 400k plus house with cash, when he couldn’t make payments on the loan? These are the real questions that need to be asked.

Refugee from the "Sahara of the Bozart" (Thank God and H.L. Mencken We Escaped)

May 31st, 2012
1:29 am

Maybe Churkee Chip can team up with Indian casino chief Ralph Reed and bring gambling to Jawja. That might have been the plan with the “meth motel”. Let’s see… Sleazy Sonny (he lied!), Dirty Deal, Glenn “The Gland” Richardson, Racketeer Ralston, Con Man Chip, and on and on.

Anyone see a trend here?

Road Scholar

May 31st, 2012
5:36 am

But but but…what about term limits, folks?

Attack Dog

May 31st, 2012
5:58 am

The Christian Coalition was founded by Pat “Hurricane Irene’s destruction on the East Coast was a sign of their sinful ways” Robertson, formerly headed up by Ralph “Indian Giver” Reed, and against the Lottery because it’s a form of gambling? Yes my dear friends, Dixiecrats are an interesting bunch.

zeke

May 31st, 2012
7:11 am

wanna bet he has conversion

Julia

May 31st, 2012
7:38 am

personally I like to see the last of BOTH Chip rogers AND the Christian Coalition!!

Bob Loblaw

May 31st, 2012
7:53 am

80% guaranteed that Beach sends Winner Will packing! Call now!

jd

May 31st, 2012
7:55 am

One wonders if the Senator is just a script reader…. and who writes his scripts?

honested

May 31st, 2012
7:56 am

Julia,

First we would have to adequately fund education, so I guess we are stuck with their interference for a long time.

home-skooler

May 31st, 2012
8:46 am

I root for the lions to devouer the christians during biblical movies on turner classics’. Good clean fun!

sheepdawg

May 31st, 2012
9:10 am

i want him gone as a public servant in any capacity!! and if he could please take balfour, ralston, tommy williams, and about 124 others with him, this state would immediately be better off

Formerteacher

May 31st, 2012
9:45 am

No, no, no. please don’t support Chip to spite the CC!! They both need to be consigned to the dung heap of history.
@jd 7:55 am- I believe ALEC writes his scripts now.

Diehard

May 31st, 2012
10:06 am

Jerry Luquire is a jealous whiner who ran and lost his only race for political office. He is an embarrassment to any true Christian in politics today. Go away, Jerry, and take the band of “Christians from the waist up” with you.

[...] Shocked.  Shocked I say.  Looks like State Senator Rogers’ chips are being called. [...]

Ga Values

May 31st, 2012
10:55 am

no winners in this but 1 big loser the taxpayer.

Karl Marx

May 31st, 2012
11:24 am

“If the Christian Coalition is against Rogers then he has my vote!” I’ll second that. Plus Beach is a Official with the State DOT (now there is a first class organization…NOT) Strike 2. Last Straw, The established “Public Education NAZI’s” are against Rogers.

Enough said. Chip’s got my vote

[...] Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Luquire claims Rogers is too close to the gaming industry to hold a leadership [...]

Woodmont Danny D

May 31st, 2012
10:01 pm

I love how Chip is using the drug dealer defense. I just supplied the kids with the crack, it is out of my hands if they decide to use/abuse the stuff.

drip rogers

May 31st, 2012
11:13 pm

Again people, I want everything for myself and my own family and screw the rest of you in my district. I am a good ole’ boy that will steal, cheat and put my own blood into official positions in the gov. that I want influenced. My brother is doing the dirty work for me in destroying the public educational system. I have a con artist working with me that made me millions in loan frauds. I tell Deal what and when to pull the triggers to bills that benefits me and my plans. Yeah please base your decision on keeping me in cause of the christian coalition because, I need more time to finish the job of destroying our state while I become richer. So please, please I am begging you vote for me. I am not qualified to much of anything else and if I wasn’t a politician I would be in jail for all the laws I have broken.