Former House speaker Glenn Richardson to run for state Senate seat

Are you ready for the return of Glenn Richardson?

Sometime this afternoon, Gov. Nathan Deal will name state Sen. Bill Hamrick, R-Carrollton, as the newest superior court judge on the Coweta Judicial Circuit.

Hamrick has already handed to the governor a letter of resignation, effective Sept. 10.
The date, within 60 days of the next election, will allow Deal to call for a special primary election for Nov. 6, the same day as the general election. A general election for the District 30 Senate seat would be held on the day currently scheduled for the December runoff.

We’re told that one Republican certain to make a bid for Hamrick’s empty seat is Richardson, the former House speaker, who resigned in 2010 following a suicide attempt, and the revelation by his wife that he’d had an affair with a Capitol lobbyist.

Another possible candidate is state Rep. Bill Hembree, R-Winston, the former House rules chairman. But Hembree would have to resign his House seat by Sept. 6, to allow a substitute Republican to be selected. Otherwise, the seat would go to his Democratic challenger, Leigh Mcmutry of Winston.

But it is the possibility of Richardson’s return that intrigues. The former House speaker would spend much of the short campaign talking about redemption, repentance and his struggles with depression. And if he’s successful, he would return to a General Assembly that will be awash in talk about ethics reform.

A conversation that Richardson’s departure two years ago did a great deal to start.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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Up Up and Away

August 24th, 2012
12:27 pm

Glen Richardson

True Playa For Real

td

August 24th, 2012
12:27 pm

Sorry but Glen is a nutcase and will not receive my vote.

oldfart

August 24th, 2012
12:33 pm

“…he would return to a General Assembly that will be awash in talk about ethics reform.”

Yes, it is currently awash due to a recent whitewash applied to Sen. Balfour. They have proven beyond a doubt that they cannot police themselves with any ethics reform. Only Sen. McKoon was willing to speak outside of the closed hearing of the Senate rules committee chairman. Obviously he will never have a bill make it to the floor if Balfour remains chairman. I won’t even speculate on Richardson’s chances given the Balfour primary result, Victor Hill, etc.

Aquagirl

August 24th, 2012
12:36 pm

Didn’t take him long to ooze back into the spotlight. Must be a bumper crop of hawt lobbyists this year.

DeKalb Wonkette

August 24th, 2012
12:39 pm

Hamrick is a big loss to the General Assembly. I don’t know why Glenn shouldn’t return. What he did is nothing compared to Will-the-Winner et al in the Senate and in any case, it’s all behind him now.

Thomas

August 24th, 2012
12:42 pm

Hopefully District 30 is smarter than District 9.

Just Wait

August 24th, 2012
12:46 pm

Oh Lord, Glenn Richardson. Lock up your wives and daughters.

Fun Size

August 24th, 2012
12:51 pm

I guess he saw how successful Victor Hill was in his return to office and thought he should give it a shot!!

who cares

August 24th, 2012
12:52 pm

I’ve heard that a republican who is a drug dealing child molester would beat Jesus if Jesus ran as a democrat in Georgia. I guess we will see.

Refugee

August 24th, 2012
12:56 pm

Jim, you are lucky as a dog with 2 bones to have Jawja politics as your beat.

Really, all you have to do is point and laugh.

WTF

August 24th, 2012
12:58 pm

This is going to be fun. Casey Cagle presiding over questions from Glenn Richardson on the floor? Mercy.

DSC2

August 24th, 2012
1:14 pm

Glenn is a true statesman and a model of the best the Georgia G.O.P. has to offer !

Bernie

August 24th, 2012
1:24 pm

Jim, should we be concerned about this Musical chair dance done at the dome now?
or is this one of those moves that would just raise an “EYEBROW” followed by a curse word, then a quiet resignation of a whimpering……TYPICAL!

cc

August 24th, 2012
1:29 pm

“We’re told that one Republican certain to make a bid for Hamrick’s empty seat is Richardson, the former House speaker”

You gotta be kiddin’ me!

cc

August 24th, 2012
1:31 pm

Bernie:

Got any hot info from ‘Gawker’?

td

August 24th, 2012
1:31 pm

Franken: “And, ‘I give the pills to Lesley Stahl. Then, when Lesley’s passed out, I take her to the closet and rape her.’ Or, ‘That’s why you never see Lesley until February.’ Or, ‘When she passes out, I put her in various positions and take pictures of her.’” Senator Al Franken

http://nymag.com/print/?/nymag/culture/tv/47548/index6.html

Since you libs are on such a high and mighty stance today then let us here the defense of this comment.

Jack in Sandy Springs

August 24th, 2012
1:31 pm

When will Pat Swindall make a comeback? Guess Skandalakis is waiting for Milton County so he can run for Chairman up there!!! Sad thing is, Pat, Mitch and Glenn are all better than most of the bums we have representing us now!

Hoodwinked

August 24th, 2012
1:38 pm

Republicans…in this state…talking about ETHICS REFORM? BWHAHAHAHAHHAHAHA Good luck with that.

Refugee

August 24th, 2012
1:46 pm

Glenn the Gland will almost certainly run on a Chikkk Fil-A platform, if you get my drift. Brings back the glory days of gaybashing for Richardson and former statehouse crony Mike Crotts. He will be welcomed back with open arms, and not just by female lobbyists.

The goobs will eat it up. LOL.

SKE

August 24th, 2012
1:55 pm

You Republicans talk about the electorate in Clayton County electing Victor Hill to his former post. Now the electorate in Glen Richardson’s district will do the same assisine thing and re-elect slime!

Head in the Sand

August 24th, 2012
1:59 pm

td, seriously? You want commentary from a 20 year old quote from a comedian on a sketch show? This is a joke, not a real story. You know, comedians make jokes and stuff. There is nothing to defend here, other than free speech apparently. On topic, I happen to know Glenn and he’s a good guy, although I don’t agree with much of his policies. He’s been through a lot and deserves another chance, although I would not vote for him personally since we have different political ideas. Demogogue much?

Alan

August 24th, 2012
2:01 pm

I have great sympathy for Glenn as a person. I hope all the stuff about repentance and redemption is sincere. But he’s not there yet. How big an ego does this guy have that he thinks he should be elected to represent the people in the state senate. Does he really believe he is the best person for the job — better than any other? There is no one else in this district who could provide equal or better leadership in the senate? His ego disqualifies him from public service. Or is he so addicted to power and the celebrity of politics that he just can’t stand to be a private citizen? He should step out of public life, tend to his law practice or whatever it is he is doing and let someone else step up. This district is filled with good strong conservatives who could run a great campaign and represent ably. Glenn may know how to read the script, but he still doesn’t understand the story.

Head in the Sand

August 24th, 2012
2:04 pm

DemAgogue, lest the grammar police protest.

Raiderbeater

August 24th, 2012
2:07 pm

If “Slick” Vic Hill can be elected why not “Grinnin’” Glenn Richardson?

Brosephus™

August 24th, 2012
2:07 pm

Head in the Sand

He’s already taken a spanking at Bookman’s blog for that. I’m surprised anybody responded to that here. Seems as though he’s hard at work earning his money being a GOP troll.

You have to know the plan in order to understand it.

http://www.redstate.com/davenj1/2011/05/15/weakening-the-democratic-base-part-5-liberal-netroots/

So the best way of combating the liberal netroots is through a 4-point program.

First, infiltratethe site… Once you are there, the second part of the strategy is to gain their trust…

The third step is to move the conversation in the direction you desire… Once there, you can then highjack the thread.

Sadly, td does a horrible job of thread jacking.

Did he just say?

August 24th, 2012
2:12 pm

I don’t see the problem he’s just as horrible as the other GOP in GA well hell the Nation It really doesn’t matter. Not much news.

Sylvia

August 24th, 2012
2:17 pm

I wish this was a joke.

Head in the Sand

August 24th, 2012
2:34 pm

Thanks for the heads up Brosephus. I took the bait…

td

August 24th, 2012
2:38 pm

Head in the Sand

August 24th, 2012
1:59 pm

“td, seriously? You want commentary from a 20 year old quote from a comedian on a sketch show? This is a joke, not a real story. You know, comedians make jokes and stuff”

Just what I thought would come out of the mouth of you libs. I is alright to joke about drugging a woman and then raping her if you a Democratic Senator but it is not alright to misspeak and then apologize if you are a Republican.

Can we say double standard?

Predatory Lender

August 24th, 2012
2:39 pm

Dear Glenn,

Please don’t go through with this run. Just not a good decision.

PL

td

August 24th, 2012
2:44 pm

Brosephus™

August 24th, 2012
2:07 pm

“He’s already taken a spanking at Bookman’s blog for that”

You have to be kidding me. Two libs showed their hypocrisy on the issue and the rest chose not to reply because they know they got busted at taking a double standard attack.

BTW: Can you please tell me where I can sign up and get paid for blogging? I have been searching and can not find it anywhere. I have also been blogging under the same name now for several years and you know it so all you just proved is you can use plan b for all lib bloggers “attack the person on a personal level when you are wrong on the facts or been caught being a hypocrite.

gunga din

August 24th, 2012
3:00 pm

trying to imitate victor hill and see if the electorate are stupid enough to elect such a loser

Brosephus™

August 24th, 2012
3:01 pm

td

Mad because you got busted trolling blogs here? That crap already got spanked at Bookman’s, Galloway’s thread topic has nothing to do with Sen. Franken, so it’s completely justified to call you on your crap. You posted the same thing on two different blogs at one minute apart. Neither blog topic has anything to do with your post.

Now, you wanna play the victim? I’ll let you in on a clue. I’m not one of those “libs” you talk about. I’ll call you on your crap all day and all night without a hint of political bias. If you can honestly tie your post into either Galloway’s or Bookman’s topic beyond how the voices in your head tell you they are connected, then you’re likely to get a serious response. Jacking a thread to post ideological crap will get you called out for doing just that.

Anything else I can do for you?

Road Scholar

August 24th, 2012
3:04 pm

Alan: Repentance and Redemption? Weren’t these the names of the two hookers he was caught with?

Road Scholar

August 24th, 2012
3:06 pm

td: A persons blogs have to make sense, be on topic, and have some value to get paid. You’ll go bankrupt!

ZJ

August 24th, 2012
3:07 pm

A proven crook and an unstable person in general. Why on earth would they re-elect him??

Brosephus™

August 24th, 2012
3:13 pm

Guess I’ll post something on topic to stay in Mr. Galloway’s good graces…

Richardson running is no different than Victor Hill getting re-elected sheriff in Clayton County. It’s also no different than Ralph Reed becoming a power player in GOP circles once again after his disgraceful fall. We are all human and far from perfect. The only judjment that Richardson has to worry about will come after he takes his last breath. If the people who vote in that area decide he’s the best choice, then that’s their perrogative to do so.

Mikey D.

August 24th, 2012
3:15 pm

Hopefully the voters of district 30 will have a better choice. Hembree is light years better than Richardson. C’mon D-30. Say no to Glenn!!!

[...] According to Jim Galloway, this will set off a Special Election for Hamrick’s seat to be held at the November 6th General Election, and former Speaker Glenn Richardson is likely to run for the Senate seat. Hamrick has already handed to the governor a letter of resignation, effective Sept. 10. The date, within 60 days of the next election, will allow Deal to call for a special primary election for Nov. 6, the same day as the general election. A general election for the District 30 Senate seat would be held on the day currently scheduled for the December runoff. [...]

Amanda

August 24th, 2012
3:30 pm

I think the bright spot in this piece of news is Senator Hamrick’s appointment to the bench. He is a thoughtful, intelligent man and I think he’ll make a great judge.

The Kingfish

August 24th, 2012
3:47 pm

I’ll believe the Georgia Legislature is enacting Ethics Reform when I see brother Andy going on a diet. In other words, it ain’t gonna happen!

Greg

August 24th, 2012
3:54 pm

Glenn will fit right in with Don Balfour and the rest of the crooked unethical Senate leadership. Welcome aboard Glenn, we’ve got a couple of hot lobbyist waiting for your special touch.

Georgia Flagger

August 24th, 2012
3:58 pm

Richardson cant even pull off a succesfull suicide after 2 friggin attempts. Amazing.

George W. Bush

August 24th, 2012
4:02 pm

I understand that the big lobbying firms are looking for new personnel at the strip clubs in Atlanta. It looks like Georgia will get the same screwing as that lobbyist did.

yuzeyurbrane

August 24th, 2012
4:05 pm

If Richardson gets elected then Georgia deserves what it gets.

maloic

August 24th, 2012
4:07 pm

with enough money from big connected business, glenn can win the election, get back in office and control of all that taxpayer money to hand out like candy to his “friends!” getting elected in georgia—it’s hitting the jackpot!!!!

Ron

August 24th, 2012
4:16 pm

Keep waiting for someone to say this is a joke but I from what I saw in Clayton County I realize it probably isn’t. I have every reason to feel that Carroll county voters are too smart to be the next “laughing stock” of this state.

td

August 24th, 2012
4:30 pm

Road Scholar

August 24th, 2012
3:06 pm

td: A persons blogs have to make sense, be on topic, and have some value to get paid. You’ll go bankrupt!

Please tell me where I need to go to get paid for blogging? As far as being on topic, I commented on the topic at hand and then “according to Jim’s rules” I waited until the topic had played down to go off topic.

ANGRY AS HELL

August 24th, 2012
4:52 pm

Yeah, Glenn can run on repentance, redemption…family values, and all the other Republican-sponsored issues that none of them actually practice. Oops!! I almost forgot to mention another Republican-sponsored issue like the right to be free from government intusion into the private lives of citizens, like running an orthoscope up a woman’s private parts to show her what the embryo looks like that she’s contemplating to abort.