Updated at 3:30 p.m.: Just when Georgia Republicans were on a track to obtain a super-majority in the Senate when the Legislature gathers in January, the possibility that it could slip away has just reared its head.
State Sen. John Bulloch, R-Ochlocknee, has resigned, we’re told. We have not been told why, but Charlie Harper over at PeachPundit.com reminds me that Bulloch was hospitalized for meningitis in October.
Bulloch will be remembered as the major, persistent force behind one of the greatest cultural shifts of the last several decades. The rural legislator was the chief sponsor of legislation to permit communities to decide whether or not to permit beer, wine and liquor on Sunday. The law largely went into effect this year.
Bulloch is also one of the most popular members of the chamber, and was often a working partner with the shrinking Democratic caucus on issues such as immigration. But Bulloch also lives in south central Georgia, an area that offers some possibility of a pick-up for Democrats.
Secretary of State Brian Kemp just announced that a special election to fill Bulloch’s Senate District 11 seat will be held on Jan. 8, the same date as the special election to replace Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider