You’ll recall that last Sunday’s column focused on the behind-the-scenes GOP struggle over leadership of the state Senate.
With Tommie Williams bowing out of the No. 1 spot of president pro tem, a slate has been fashioned by those who led the 2010 coup against Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle that would have Bill Cowsert of Athens replace Williams. Chip Rogers would retain his position as majority leader.
But the column included this:
[F]orces in the state Capitol [are] lining up behind two alternative candidates for the top Senate slots: David Shafer of Duluth for president pro tem and Ronnie Chance of Tyrone for majority leader. Chance is currently the governor’s floor leader….
The 35 to 38 Republican senators expected to be elected Nov. 6 will make the final leadership decisions in the days or weeks that follow.
We now have one additional tidbit to offer: Republicans held a fundraiser for state Sen. Tim Golden of Valdosta last night. The event was held in nearby Lakeland.
Shafer traveled to the event all the way from Duluth – a fact that Golden noted when he introduced his colleague to the crowd. Golden also referred to Shafer as the next president pro tem of the Senate.
“I was just having fun with him,” a reluctant Golden explained this afternoon.
But it was an interesting jest – given that Gov. Nathan Deal and Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle were in the room.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider