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