Chip Rogers: ‘I’ll be reporting directly to Teya Ryan’

A state lawmaker needs a quick exit from the Legislature, and a position at Georgia Public Broadcasting appears. Life can be magical that way.

We have excerpts from an interview with Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers below, but here’s the official press release from GPB:

Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB Media) announced today that it is creating a new programming initiative designed to facilitate coverage of economic development and jobs in Georgia. GPB will use its statewide reach and multiple platforms to create programming that will aggregate job opportunities, job growth areas and career counseling.

State Sen. Chip Rogers of Woodstock has announced that he is resigning his Senate seat to accept a position at GPB spearheading this initiative beginning with a statewide weekly radio program examining current economic development trends and highlighting companies that are growing and creating jobs.

“GPB has a long history of serving Georgians with programming that is relevant to career and consumer issues, said Nancy Zintak, Vice President of Marketing and Communications of GPB. “We have long-wanted to create a forum for our communities to learn about jobs in Georgia and areas of growth around the state.”

The initiative will begin in January of 2013, and the radio program will debut in spring of 2013.

“I am honored by this incredible opportunity,” Rogers said. “Much of my career has been spent in broadcasting and helping my constituents. This melds both my passions. I look forward to creating programming on GPB that will move our great state of Georgia forward by helping connect Georgians to jobs.”

Rogers will be stepping down from the Georgia General Assembly on December 5, where he has served since 2002. Rogers and his wife, Amy, have four children and reside in Woodstock, Georgia.

An innovative programing concept here — bring some jobs, and we’ll build a TV package around you.

The AJC and Channel 2 Action News were shut out of any exit interviews with Rogers, presumably because of past reports on Rogers’ odds-making activities and his recent invitation to Republican senators to attend an all-day seminar on Agenda 21.

Here, in fact, is raw video of Rogers’ escape from WSB-TV’s Lori Geary and videographer Tracy Reeves:

But Sandra Parrish with AM750 and 95.5FM NewsTalk/WSB was kind enough to share the audio of her session with Rogers, and we’ve excerpted a few portions:

Rogers gave this description of his job, to which no salary has been publicly attached:

”I’ll be reporting directly to Director [Teya] Ryan. I’ll be working with her. One aspect of it will be global within the organization. But [I’ll] really be focusing a lot on a new project that we’re going to try to bring, and tell the story of Georgia business and Georgia businesses – combined with education, and how we can bring those together.

“When you get out and talk to a lot of employers, many of them will say, ‘Look, my biggest challenge is, I need a workforce that can adapt to what we’re doing. And the pace of change in Georgia’s economy, and the pace of change in Georgia’s education system are completely different. They’re going at two different speeds.

“We’re hoping that this project – and it’s still in its infancy – is going to bring those together….’

Parrish asked if this were a new position within GPB:

”This entire program – it’s going to be radio, television and online – is all going to be new, yeah….I’ll begin in January.”

What made you make this decision to get out of politics? Parrish asked.

”I have to thank the governor — he is a big fan of what GPB is doing – for having the vision, along with Director Ryan, of what we’re missing and what can be done, and bringing this opportunity to me. So it was a combination of an opportunity that I never dreamed would exist, with a point in life where you recognize that some of the responsibilities that you’ve taken on for yourself begin to conflict with others that are of higher priority.

“…When I first got elected I had a 2-year-old and a 1-year-old, and never understood what it meant to have a 13-year-old and a 12-year-old, and then add on top of that a 9-year-old and a 7-year-old. I found myself realizing that the greatest joys in life – I was missing some of them….

“It just so happened that this opportunity was made available at the same time, and it just sort of worked out. I’m very content with it. I’m very happy with it.”

Parrish: Is that why you didn’t run for majority leader?

”I had already committed to just about everybody that if I served as majority leader that it would only be for one more term. I had accomplished most of the legislative things that I had wanted to accomplish. These positions are not permanent….

Rogers noted his background in and love for broadcasting. “I assume that’s why they approach me about it,” he said. Parrish then asked Rogers about the Senate majority leader’s involvement in the 2010 move to strip Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle of his powers:

”I think it was the right thing to do, and I think it remains the right thing to do. And I hope that people look at it from the perspective of not me or any other individual, but how should the Senate arrange its affairs….

“We have problems when we look at these things as one individual against another. And that’s how, unfortunately, it kind of got played out. It’s never been me against anybody personally. I just hope the Senate going forward has that same wisdom and maintains the control of the Senate in that body.”

Parrish asked Rogers about his sponsorship of a meeting on Agenda 21, the theory that state and local planning entities are acting in concert with a United Nations plan to deprive Americans of their property rights:

”I haven’t answered too many media questions on this, because when I first heard that there were questions about it, I just shook my head….I’ve never had an issue like this before, because I just don’t understand the so-called controversy around it.

“The constituents who came to me had presented that same presentation in this Capitol on a number of occasions to a number of different groups. They try to present it to anyone who will listen.

“It wasn’t my presentation. It was simply fulfilling a request by a group of constituents….I think sometimes people get caught up in attacking the messenger, and in this case, I wasn’t even the messenger.”

Parrish: Do you disagree with Agenda 21 conspiracy theory?

”Look, the Agenda 21 issue – it is an item that was passed by the United Nations back in the Bill Clinton years. Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats are all in favor of it. The Republican National [Convention] passed a resolution saying Republicans are against it. As a Republican, I would be against it. So I’ll just leave it at that.”

Just an FYI: Agenda 21 was approved at the “Earth Summit” held in Rio de Janeiro in June 1992, during the presidency of George H.W. Bush.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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94 comments Add your comment

Georgia Voter

December 4th, 2012
3:40 pm

Thank goodness it’s a new iniative and he won’t be involved in day-to-day programming. I was afraid that The Cat in the Hat would be sent to the pound, Sesame Street would suffer “urban renewal” and Barney would be used to disprove Evolution. Not to mention the PSA’s teaching us how to avoid being implanted with microChips.

Cherokee

December 4th, 2012
3:51 pm

I thought tea partiers like Chip wanted to cut public broadcasting?

I guess it makes a difference if you can make a buck at it….

Another comment

December 4th, 2012
3:55 pm

What would have happened if Mitt won the election and gotten rid of Public broad casting on day one.

I believe the Feds and FDIC are breathing down Chips neck about his bank board ineptness and his flea bag motel.

Constituent

December 4th, 2012
3:56 pm

Will be interesting to hear the back story on this one.

I hate to ponder who his replacement will be. Please not Brandon Beach.

Jeff A. Taylor

December 4th, 2012
3:57 pm

Wait, wait, wait. First, a mass medium with its roots in the 19th c. is going to meaningfully impact — “connect?” — something as idiosyncratic has hiring decisions across a population of almost 10 million? Second, no adult male should be known as “Chip.”

Sounds like GPB hired an in-house lobbyist on the down-low. Almost.

Not Blind

December 4th, 2012
4:00 pm

He should serve his full term. That’s what he was elected for. Otherwise he should pay for the special election to fill his seat.

gabeaux

December 4th, 2012
4:00 pm

Something about this does not pass the smell test.

Aquagirl

December 4th, 2012
4:00 pm

So let’s go ahead and start the betting pool—-dead girl or live boy?

RaceToTheBottom

December 4th, 2012
4:04 pm

Must be “another woman” somewhere in this story. Usually is.

Me

December 4th, 2012
4:15 pm

Why wouldn’t you want this guy on your payroll if you were facing future cuts from people that talk just like he does?

Lynn43

December 4th, 2012
4:15 pm

Next time PBS does their funds campaign, don’t pledge until they fire this traitor to public schools.

Woo Hoo!

December 4th, 2012
4:21 pm

Beach for Senate!!!! YES!!!!!!!!

BoogerFling

December 4th, 2012
4:21 pm

who gives a damn

Lance

December 4th, 2012
4:23 pm

This is very puzzling. Tea Partiers like Rogers want to do away with Public Television, not work for it. At least that’s what they tell their right wing base. Furthermore, it has been no secret that Rogers has been very ambitious and had his sights set on the Governor’s office. I agree that this does not pass the smell test. There’s more to this than meets the eye. Could it be either a girl or a boy somewhere in the shadows? Or something crooked? This could get very interesting.

NewtiePewtie

December 4th, 2012
4:26 pm

GPB hiring Republican Chip Rogers affirms the adage “Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.”

Cutty

December 4th, 2012
4:27 pm

Fire Big Bird. Unless you can make money off of him.

Taxby Rebliss

December 4th, 2012
4:27 pm

I hope the rumors aren’t true!

The Snark

December 4th, 2012
4:33 pm

Why do Republicans hate Big Bird and Elmo?

East Cobb RINO, Inc. (LLC)

December 4th, 2012
4:33 pm

Rogers wants to spend more time with family….before he can only see them during visiting hours on Sunday.

Atlanta Mom

December 4th, 2012
4:34 pm

Nice,
Run for office and then, no thanks, just kidding. Hope all you Republicans are happy with your non-choice.

Road Scholar

December 4th, 2012
4:35 pm

All right. Now, who has the pictures?

The Snark

December 4th, 2012
4:35 pm

@ Lance and Aquagirl: You forgot the third part of that classic formulation …

Dead girl …
live boy …
or bardyard animal.

Thank you folks, I’m here all week.

Road Scholar

December 4th, 2012
4:36 pm

Besides, for a Repub tax cuts means economic development! I didn’t say they actually do!

RaceToTheBottom

December 4th, 2012
4:42 pm

Spend more time with his family? What’s he got, a “stay at home family”? I’m thinking his family would prefer to spend less time with him.

Porkchopicus of Borg

December 4th, 2012
4:44 pm

Rogers is going to host a nightly sports handicapping program on WPBA. YOU CAN BET ON IT!

RomeGaGuy

December 4th, 2012
4:49 pm

What’s the over/under we get to see some Will the Winner shows on late night GPB?

Woodstock Woody

December 4th, 2012
4:52 pm

Obviously a deal was made with the Deal / Chance camp. Probably offered before the GOP retreat and, with the writing on the wall, begrudgingly accepted at the retreat.

Nathan “Let’s Make A” Deal pulls it off again.

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BRW

December 4th, 2012
4:54 pm

I get it, so now he’s the new “Mr. Rodgers” !

Woodstock Woody

December 4th, 2012
4:59 pm

By the way GPB, do you really want someone with such poor judgment – a long, well documented record of bad decision making – in charge of anything?

curious

December 4th, 2012
5:00 pm

My membership in GPB just lapsed.

They probably think this is the only way they can survive.

Strange how all these connected Republicans that hate government and Public broadcasting seem to profit from
both.

Avery Bundren

December 4th, 2012
5:06 pm

This makes GPB really suspect. Why would anybody hire this man? I’m not at all sure this will help when GPB starts its marathon fund raising campaigns.

Just Nasty & Mean

December 4th, 2012
5:07 pm

I am sure Brandon Beach will sliver in to steal the seat after losing in the primary by double digits.

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Cobbian

December 4th, 2012
5:11 pm

“Rogers will be stepping down from the Georgia General Assembly on December 5…”

HIP HIP HOORAY. THANK YOU, LORD. FINALLY. AT LAST. WONDERFUL.

Shar

December 4th, 2012
5:19 pm

GPB is funding “a new programming initiative designed to facilitate coverage of economic development and j” starring Chip Rogers?

And they think they have ratings problems NOW.

Unless, of course, he offers up his man-cave videos about great global consipiracies. I’d recommend airing those on April Fools’ Day. Theme programming is always a ratings winner.

Georgia Voter

December 4th, 2012
5:30 pm

“It wasn’t my presentation. It was simply fulfilling a request by a group of constituents….I think sometimes people get caught up in attacking the messenger, and in this case, I wasn’t even the messenger.” Really? Then why was his name on the agenda and the invitation?

Jim S

December 4th, 2012
5:32 pm

How long till GPTV has a slot for Rush Limbaugh? Glad Rogers is leaving the legislature but what an embarrassment for GPTV. I hope this does not hurt their public fundraising.

I would have thought Rogers would have worked to eliminate or privatize GPTV, not draw a paycheck.

An absolutely disgusting development. Very sad.

honested

December 4th, 2012
5:36 pm

What a jump…..

From killing good government in Georgia to killing Public Broadcasting in Georgia.

Do they have to build a trough in the Cafeteria?

Woofy One

December 4th, 2012
5:37 pm

This on the heals of the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce view:

The Metro Atlanta Chamber is moving away from its historic focus on recruiting companies to put more emphasis on helping expand existing businesses and start new ones, chamber executives announced Wednesday.

Research shows that only 3 percent of U.S. job growth comes from recruiting businesses to relocate, said Carol Tome, chief financial officer for The Home Depot Inc. and the chamber’s 2012 chairman.

“That’s not going to take us where we need to go,” Tome told a ballroom full of Atlanta business leaders at the downtown Hyatt Regency Atlanta during the chamber’s annual luncheon meeting.

On the other hand, 42 percent of job creation comes from expanding existing companies, and 55 percent is the result of business startups.

Aquagirl

December 4th, 2012
5:56 pm

Just an FYI: Agenda 21 was approved at the “Earth Summit” held in Rio de Janeiro in June 1992, during the presidency of George H.W. Bush.

LOL—This dumb box of rocks doesn’t even understand his own conspiracy theories.

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Look before I leap...

December 4th, 2012
6:08 pm

One slimy, useless, crooked, mentally constipated jackwagon gone from the statehouse – about 130 more to go.

By theWay

December 4th, 2012
6:09 pm

Special election costs are prohibitive, Thank You Republican leadership. If this has been ongoing why are we, the taxpayers, going to pay for a special election? Beach should have been elected up front!

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nathan's political arsonist

December 4th, 2012
6:16 pm

Senator Rogers will be the new Mr. Rogers on GPTV, and also do his Will the Winner sports betting show. Long terms plans are for a documentary on sustainable living in urban areas.

Look before I leap...

December 4th, 2012
6:17 pm

In many cases, when a political leader wants to dump someone from the political arena and avoid a messy finger-pointing public divorce – they do so by finding them a semi-prestigious job in the ‘private sector’.

Deal is a crook, but he is pretty crafty.

nathan's political arsonist

December 4th, 2012
6:18 pm

Will the Winner will be the Karen Handle of GPTV

Corn Ball

December 4th, 2012
6:26 pm

Sorry, Chip. You won’t be able to park that crappy car in that close spot (right across from the Capitol) any more (seen in the Channel 2 non-interview.)

Kris

December 4th, 2012
6:52 pm

What a great change for Georgia General Assembly and for the citizens…What a sad day for GPTV. I too will withhold my gifts to PBS. I hope big bird has a better parking place than chippy.

Wonder if he like Shady is leaving on the heals of a ethics investigation,and will he and graves repay that million dollar loan?