Nathan Deal on Glenn Richardson, Tampa and Medicaid

TAMPA — Blue skies hang over Tampa this morning, for the first time since Isaac threatened. Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan will arrive sometime today.

But at least until the 2 p.m. start of today’s first real session of the Republican National Convention, talk in the Georgia delegation has been directed homeward, where former House speaker Glenn Richardson has declared that, nearly two years after an attempted suicide followed by scandal and resignation, he intends to run for a west Georgia state Senate seat.

In an interview this morning at the delegation hotel, Gov. Nathan Deal said that Richardson came to speak with him at the state Capitol to discuss his possible return to politics. Said Deal:

”First of all, it was not my decision to make. That’s certainly something that every candidate has to decide on their own. I expressed my concern to him about his health, whether he was still fragile, and my concern about the impact on his family.”

Here’s the AP version from Monday’s development:

Richardson, 52, a Republican, is attempting to re-launch his political career by running for the west Georgia seat held by state Sen. Bill Hamrick, a fellow Republican who is resigning to become a Superior Court judge. A special primary election in the district will be held during the statewide vote on Nov. 6. Local GOP officials expect multiple candidates to run in the Republican primary.

It remains to be seen whether Richardson can make a clean start with voters. Richardson said in an interview that he discussed whether to run for office again with his mother, children and siblings.

“The consensus was that if I felt I was strong enough to withstand the level of criticism then I had something to give,” he said. “No one ever challenged me on my decisions on policy. I made some poor choices in my personal life.”

…Richardson’s personal life turned into a political crisis. On Nov. 8, 2009, sheriff’s deputies summoned to his home found Richardson semiconscious on the edge of his bathtub after he had called his mother to say he had swallowed pills. A suicide note and a .357 magnum handgun were on a nearby counter. Afterward, Richardson said that he had suffered from depression for 2 ½ years. He later said that he attempted suicide after realizing he could not repair his marriage.

A few weeks later, Susan Richardson, the politician’s ex-wife, gave a TV interview in which she accused the lawmaker of sleeping with a lobbyist working for Atlanta Gas Light who backed a $300 million pipeline bill that Richardson had co-sponsored.

The ex-wife provided the TV station with emails in which the lobbyist told Richardson that she feared being fired if the affair became public. Richardson responded by saying he would “bring all hell down” on Atlanta Gas Light if the lobbyist lost her job.

Richardson resigned his House seat shortly afterwards.

The timing of Deal’s appointment of Hamrick to the judgeship is the subject of much talk among Georgia Republicans here in Tampa. By delaying Hamrick’s resignation until Sept. 10, a special election is required.

Were Hamrick to resign only a few days earlier, the state GOP’s executive committee would be able to select a candidate – without the cost of an election. Another possible candidate, state Rep. Bill Hembree, R-Winston, had been lobbying the executive committee heavily for the appointment.

But an election is exactly what the governor wanted to happen. Deal said:

”I think if at all possible, you should give people an opportunity to express their opinion at the ballot box. Yes, that was the purpose of the timing on it.

“Obviously, there are complications anytime you have special elections. Nevertheless, the people of that district will now have the choice as to who they want in that Senate seat.”

For those who think Deal’s decision was meant to deprive state GOP chairman Sue Everhart of a decision, we were told that the governor had discussed the matter with Everhart, Secretary of State Brian Kemp, and GOP legal counsel Ann Lewis at a meeting. They agreed with the governor’s action, chief of staff Chris Riley said.

We’ve got a call into Everhart.

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Deal was also questioned about convention matters, and whether Hurricane Isaac’s near swipe of Tampa and imminent landing on the northern Gulf Coast had hurt Republicans.

On the contrary, the governor said. Shortening the event probably has made it more watchable:

”There’s always a lot of filler that you have in a convention because of the nature of it. That that filler is now going to be eliminated. It’s going to be more compact and probably go from major speech to major speech a lot quicker than a normal convention would.

“It makes it a little more difficult for delegates to leave the floor and not miss something.”

The governor also acknowledged that Mitt Romney, who will accept his nomination on Thursday, lacks something in the personality department:

”Certainly, he is a politician who has to work on that. But he brings so many qualifications from his business background, his understanding of government – having served as governor of a very difficult state.

“It’s very nice for people to like you. That’s why I have the First Lady [Sandra Deal] leading the charge for me. They love her. I just want them to like me. I think this convention is going to give an opportunity to the wider American public to see who Mitt Romney is. When they do, they’re going to probably like him.”

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For the first time, the governor also said that he doesn’t intend to take up the federal offer of paying for the expansion of Medicaid in Georgia, which would give more of the poor and near-poor access to health care. Said Deal:

”I do not have any intention of expanding Medicaid. I think that is something that our state cannot afford. Even though the federal government process to pay 100 percent for the first three years and 90 percent thereafter, I think it is probably unrealistic to expect that promise to be fulfilled in the long-term – simply because of the financial status that the federal government is in.

“I am told that that expansion will be in somewhere in the neighborhood of $100 billion a year. I don’t think Congress can find an extra $100 billion a year.”

This summer, Deal had said he would wait until after the presidential election in November to make the call. The governor agreed that he’d said that – because of legislative changes that might occur afterwards.

But when asked what changes might cause him to rethink his decision, Deal said:

”I can’t think of any right now that would induce me to say that we’re going to expand our Medicaid population up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level.”

That could cost the state $4 billion a year, he said. “We obviously do not have that kind of money.”

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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53 comments Add your comment

Don't Be Silly...

August 28th, 2012
1:54 pm

Nathan Deal is a doofus. He’d rather eat red dirt than provide aid to the less fortunate. When President Obama is re-elected, he’ll be eating red mud and we all know that red mud lead to diarrhea.

yuzeyurbrane

August 28th, 2012
2:01 pm

Jim, you got one fact wrong and I don’t think it is what Deal said, namely, that Medicaid expansion would cost the state $4 billion a year. Actually, the state’s contribution would be about $4 billion over 10 years, not one, and the Feds contribution would be about $35 billion over the same 10 year period. Either way, as I posted in more detail on Wingfield’s blog, Deal’s stance is absolutely fiscally and morally stupid and he and his buds should all be defeated at the earliest applicable election.

another comment

August 28th, 2012
2:02 pm

All I can say in the Democratic Party of Georgia need to develop a moderate White candidate, who can win at a state wide leve. A person who can win the women vote, the hispanic, and the black vote. A black democrate simply can not win the state over all at this stage. I would suggest a moderate like Mary Norwood, and the Black Dem. machine let her run unapposed so she can win the state for the Democrates.

td

August 28th, 2012
2:09 pm

Good for the Governor. It is about time he did the right thing and rejected this socialized system.

JSH

August 28th, 2012
2:31 pm

Don’t Be Silly is a doofus. He had rather eat red dirt than admit the state of Georgia cannot afford more financial outlay for anything. God help the USA if Obama is elected again.

td

August 28th, 2012
2:33 pm

Education and Medicaid already makes up 70% of the states budget every year. To add another $450 million per year would mean something has to be cut (we are not going to raise taxes in Georgia). What do you libs want to cut to give those poor people health insurance?

Mark

August 28th, 2012
2:35 pm

td if only someone would cut your tongue out

oldfart

August 28th, 2012
2:39 pm

Soylent Red is PEOPLE!!!

DannyX

August 28th, 2012
2:43 pm

“(we are not going to raise taxes in Georgia). What do you libs want to cut to give those poor people health insurance?”

Another example of a good Christian. Wouldn’t want the working poor to have health insurance would we td? I’m sure Jesus would not want the rich to help with something so evil.

What would Jesus cut?

JSH

August 28th, 2012
2:43 pm

Careful td. Mark sounds like a crazy democratic loon, with a knife. Apparently the truth hurts and they can’t handle it.

cc

August 28th, 2012
2:44 pm

td:

These libs think that the state has “magic money” or “obama money”. I don’t think they actually realize that the money has to come from the taxpayers, and there are far fewer taxpayers now with the unemployment rate as it is. I also don’t think they realize that obama is steering the nation into bankruptcy with as deft a hand as the Captain of the Titanic steered into the iceberg.

‘Tis the nature of libs to want to give away what can’t be produced.

DannyX

August 28th, 2012
2:47 pm

“These libs think that the state has “magic money” or “obama money””

Mitts Romneycare receives billions of federal dollars. Mitts magic underwear Romneycare funds $25 abortions.

Magic money is paying for the Republicans socialist Medicare Part D, they never funded it.

Attack Dog

August 28th, 2012
2:51 pm

1. Somebody’s lord didn’t help this country with Bush, it hasn’t help us with Boehner/McConnell, and it sure won’t help us with Willard. 2. Dixiecrats best be worried about West Nile and the contageous diseases that “those” poor people get and can’t get treatment. 3. Yep, when Dixiecrats have a super majority in Georgia, they will still blame Liberals and the Media as they continue to muck things up.

DannyX

August 28th, 2012
2:51 pm

I guess you “Christian” Republicans think Jesus would rather we spend our tax dollars on our “Shock and Awe” war machine instead of health insurance for the working poor. You know, Jesus, the Prince of Peace, defender of the poor.

JSH

August 28th, 2012
2:53 pm

You can tell who actually get a pay check and pay taxes on this blog, as opposed to, the people who get a government check and do not pay taxes. They always want something for nothing, no work, no sweat, no anything. Just something we tax payers give them.

td

August 28th, 2012
2:53 pm

DannyX

August 28th, 2012
2:43 pm

“(we are not going to raise taxes in Georgia). What do you libs want to cut to give those poor people health insurance?”

Another example of a good Christian. Wouldn’t want the working poor to have health insurance would we td? I’m sure Jesus would not want the rich to help with something so evil.

What would Jesus cut?

Total BS. Yes I am sure Jesus would tell us to give free healthcare to people that chose not to take advantage of our education system and who chose not to get any job skills. Yes, Jesus would tell us to pay for people that chose to have children outside of wedlock or to not work together with one another for the sake of the children.

Keep up the BS. No one believes you.

JSH

August 28th, 2012
3:00 pm

Hey Danny, I’m a Christian Republican and I think you’re pretty pathetic. Check getters like you are this country’s problems. How many poor have you defended.

DannyX

August 28th, 2012
3:00 pm

Yes, Jesus would cheer 300 million tax dollars used for a new stadium that is not needed rather than providing health care for the working poor.

In fact he would tell all the working poor, that td hates, to sell all of their possessions and give the money to a job creator. The new Republican Bible says Jesus loved the rich and hated the poor.

Be a good Christian and worship the rich.

td

August 28th, 2012
3:06 pm

DannyX

August 28th, 2012
3:00 pm

“Yes, Jesus would cheer 300 million tax dollars used for a new stadium that is not needed rather than providing health care for the working poor.”

You are comparing apples to oranges. Building a new stadium is a true investment and the city will receive a return on their investment that will pay off the taxpayer and will bring in additional revenue and jobs. Giving people medical coverage does not create a return on investment.

DannyX

August 28th, 2012
3:07 pm

JSH, Jesus said, “‘Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.”

Your turn, give me one where Jesus defends the rich.

DannyX

August 28th, 2012
3:08 pm

“Giving people medical coverage does not create a return on investment.”

Yes, because we all know that Jesus is all about “a return on investment.”

Bernie

August 28th, 2012
3:13 pm

censorship of people will never stand when the Truth is being said.

JSH

August 28th, 2012
3:16 pm

I hate to say DannyO but you’re a raving lunatic. I’ve got to go now and make some money, so I can pay taxes, so you can get a check next month.

Bernie

August 28th, 2012
3:20 pm

Gov.Deals Denial of Medicaid expansion is just another display of another act of cruelty and hate on full display for GOD and Man. The denial of services of those who are suffering the most. SENIORS and Children!

Attack Dog

August 28th, 2012
3:20 pm

1. You can tell who collects a government check on this blog? Really? 2. You know that hurricanes doesn’t care if you some money or not. 3. Wait a minute, Deal says he’ll wait until after the election to make “the call?” What difference does it make if it is Obama or Willard, the State still won’t have the money.

Church of the painful Truth

August 28th, 2012
3:26 pm

Richardson is at Tampa helping out with social events and has lined up several strip clubs to provide fun.Let the good times begin!!!

cc

August 28th, 2012
3:51 pm

“The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations from the
beginning of history, has been about 200 years. During those 200
years, these nations always progressed through the following sequence:

From bondage to spiritual faith;
From spiritual faith to great courage;
From courage to liberty;
From liberty to abundance;
From abundance to complacency;
From complacency to apathy;
From apathy to dependence;
From dependence back into bondage.”
The Obituary follows:

United States of America
Born 1776, Died 2012

Bernie

August 28th, 2012
3:57 pm

Thank You Mayor Reed of Atlanta, Without your Help the Governor would not have just denied the healthcare for the many citizens that voted for you. You are great City Leader of the millions of Atlanta citizens can all be proud of.

Unfortunately…… the Working poor may have a different opinion.

Don't Tread

August 28th, 2012
4:17 pm

Seems the hurricane didn’t wipe Tampa and the Republican Party off the map, much to the chagrin of the Liberal Left.

Going Right

August 28th, 2012
4:19 pm

cc: “From apathy to dependence;” We are at this stage now. Those who don’t believe this should read the posting of some of the most brain-dead (—–) God ever created. If bin Obama is re-elected, he will assure that we hit the final stage: “From dependence back into bondage.” (dependence on the government bondage.)
I know where the Cayman Islands are and are quite familiar with their , let’s say, shrouded banking system. I’ll weather the storm.

cc

August 28th, 2012
4:21 pm

“You are great City Leader of the millions of Atlanta citizens can all be proud of.”

Someone should point out to this simpleton Bernie that the city of Atlanta does not have “millions of Atlanta citizens”. Maybe he reads a census report the same way he reads a budget.

honested

August 28th, 2012
4:32 pm

I wish I didn’t have to spend so much of my time during the day working hard.
Then I would be able to spend more time aghast while reading the absurd nonsense posted by the deranged, wrong-wing nuts on this blog!

Baron DeKalb

August 28th, 2012
4:34 pm

You aren’t safe in the Cayman Islands, that’s just a hop-skip-and-a-jump away for the Communist Horde that will have taken over the US. The communists can get there in speedboats if necessary. If you really want to be safe from the coming Communist takeover and national collapse, you should consider Russia or a similar place like Uzbekistan (where you will find a government very much in sync with your values). The total collapse is coming in November so you should probably book your flight now.

cc

August 28th, 2012
4:38 pm

Going Right:

I agree that we are in the “Dependence” stage now and the Kenyan, should he be re-elected, is going to demonstrate the “Bondage” stage for everyone to experience. I’ve decided that there just is no way to focus less than adequate intellectual capacity on this forthcoming event. I don’t guess you can reasonably expect people who have never thought for themselves before to suddenly begin thinking as individuals rather than a herd. The future is going to be a rude awakening for them.

I’m reminded of Mao Tse-Tung because of this new yen for the communist way of life. On Oct 15, 2009, Obama White House communications director Anita Dunn praises Mao Tse-Tung. Evidently she doesn’t understand much about the Chairman:
According to the authoritative “Black Book of Communism,” an estimated 65 million Chinese died as a result of Mao’s repeated, merciless attempts to create a new “socialist” China. Anyone who got in his way was done away with — by execution, imprisonment or forced famine.

For Mao, the No. 1 enemy was the intellectual. The so-called Great Helmsman reveled in his blood-letting, boasting, “What’s so unusual about Emperor Shih Huang of the China Dynasty? He had buried alive 460 scholars only, but we have buried alive 46,000 scholars.” Mao was referring to a major “accomplishment” of the Great Cultural Revolution, which from 1966-1976 transformed China into a great House of Fear.

The most inhumane example of Mao’s contempt for human life came when he ordered the collectivization of China’s agriculture under the ironic slogan, the “Great Leap Forward.” A deadly combination of lies about grain production, disastrous farming methods (profitable tea plantations, for example, were turned into rice fields), and misdistribution of food produced the worse famine in human history.

86 million people is a lot of folks! It makes Hitler and Lenin look like pikers!

cc

August 28th, 2012
4:40 pm

honested:

I can help you resolve your problem. Turn your computer OFF!

Baron DeKalb

August 28th, 2012
4:44 pm

cc: Wow, that was a well-written piece. Do you really expect us to believe that you wrote that? Because it’s quite obvious that you cut and pasted from this 2-year-old Lee Edwards article:http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/feb/10/the-spirit-of-mao-zedong/?feat=article_top10_shared
Typical Republican “values,” they crow about how downtrodden “producers” are, then they’re the first to plagiarize and take credit for someone else’s hard work.
This is why I don’t read posts over 5 inches long… because anyone that would write that much for this blog is either crazy or stealing material from someone else.

honested

August 28th, 2012
4:44 pm

Barron D,
Don’t drag the Caymans into this.
I wouldn’t want to spoil the diving!

honested

August 28th, 2012
4:45 pm

cc,

Who is ‘the Kenyan’ and have you been staying on top of that new medication?

DannyX

August 28th, 2012
5:28 pm

Lol Baron DeKalb!

cc the plagiarizer!

No surprise at all. cc outed as a big phony!

Atlanta Native

August 28th, 2012
5:42 pm

@ JSH post @ 2:53pm “You can tell who actually get a pay check and pay taxes on this blog, as opposed to, the people who get a government check and do not pay taxes. They always want something for nothing, no work, no sweat, no anything. Just something we tax payers give them.”

Your ignorance is showing and you might want to do something about that. I’m a liberal, I make over $250k a year, I don’t receive a government check – I receive a paycheck (a nice one) every week. The difference between me and you… I’m NOT a tightwad dumba$$ you backwards repubs.

Unlike you, I am very well aware that taxes need to be raised to pay for this and I’m perfectly fine with my taxes being raised to insure the poor and to provide some sort of safety net to those in need.

You conservatives have not provided one single alternative idea to the Affordable Care Act, not one. You just stupidly run around yelling don’t tread on me or some other nonsense and expect the rest of us to give a d@mn what you think. Well guess what, we don’t care what you think. A balance of spending cuts and revenue increases at the state and federal level are whats needed to fund these programs, but ooops – there comes that pesky logic again that you repubs hate so much.

Here is a thought – get off your computer and go get a job! Then you might have reason to complain.

td

August 28th, 2012
6:10 pm

Atlanta Native

August 28th, 2012
5:42 pm

Let me give you a hint. This is a CONSERVATIVE state. We the people have told our elected representatives that we do not want out taxes raised and we WILL vote them out of office if they do not listen to us.

With that said tell us where we get the money from for the $450 million additional from to cover 650,000 more people on free healthcare? Remember our current spending on Medicaid and Education makes up 70% of our states budget.

td

August 28th, 2012
6:13 pm

Atlanta Native

August 28th, 2012
5:42 pm

“Unlike you, I am very well aware that taxes need to be raised to pay for this and I’m perfectly fine with my taxes being raised to insure the poor and to provide some sort of safety net to those in need.”

Well there is your issue, the majority of this state is not willing to have our taxes raised for another give away program. Now you can either live with this or you can move and have your taxes raised.

cc

August 28th, 2012
6:43 pm

Baron DeKalb:

“Because it’s quite obvious that you cut and pasted from this 2-year-old Lee Edwards ”

That may have appeared “obvious” to you, but until I read the article from the link you provided, I had never seen nor read it before.

Now, take a hike, Junior . . .

DannyX

August 28th, 2012
6:59 pm

“That may have appeared “obvious” to you, but until I read the article from the link you provided, I had never seen nor read it before.”

Gosh, what a coincidence!

cc, is now a liar and a plagiarist.

Don’t worry td and Going Right will come to your rescue.

cc

August 28th, 2012
7:05 pm

DannyX:

Suggest you read the article and compare it to what I posted before you make your decision. The information I used is a\vailable to all from a variety of sources. There was no “cut and paste” of the Edwards’ piece.

Real Athens

August 28th, 2012
7:06 pm

td:

FYI:

According to the Georgia State Constitution:

ARTICLE VIII.
EDUCATION

SECTION I.
PUBLIC EDUCATION
Paragraph I. Public education; free public education prior to college or postsecondary level; support by taxation. The provision of an adequate public education for the citizens shall be a primary obligation of the State of Georgia. Public education for the citizens prior to the college or postsecondary level shall be free and shall be provided for by taxation. The expense of other public education shall be provided for in such manner and in such amount as may be provided by law.

Where would I cut? How about the GO Fish legislation to begin with.

http://jacksonville.com/news/georgia/2012-01-28/story/georgias-go-fish-program-falls-short-expectations

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/18/us/18fishing.html

DannyX

August 28th, 2012
7:11 pm

“The information I used is a\vailable to all from a variety of sources.”

You tried to pass it off as your own words and got caught cc.

cc

August 28th, 2012
7:28 pm

DannyX:

I’m through defendng what I post to you or the Red Baron. I did not try to pass off anyone’s words as my own. You merely a frustrated lib atttempting to even some imaginary score.

I’ve no time for you . . .

hat

August 28th, 2012
7:48 pm

have a chill pill, Danny X, maybe your beloved president will give it to you for free at the cost of America’s hardworking taxpayers

zeke

August 28th, 2012
7:49 pm

cc, did you know your ancestors were from africa