Jeff Mullis moves into his new quarters — as Senate Rules chairman, we think

At 4:40 p.m. Monday, Jeff Mullis was slouched in a red chair outside chambers, in conversation with yours truly, when an aide brushed by to let him know that the letter containing his Senate leadership assignment had been sent out.

“What’s it say?” the senator from Chickamauga asked, pretending that his appointment as chairman of Senate Rules Committee wasn’t the most badly kept secret in the state Capitol.

State Sen. Jeff Mullis totes his object d'art to his new offices.

State Sen. Jeff Mullis totes his object d'art to his new offices.

With a reporter present, the aide refused to bite, and said the sealed news was waiting for him in his basement office. The committee assignments had been due out at 3 p.m., but had been delayed due to some last-minute tweaks – made to account for angry floor speeches from former Senate president pro tem Tommie Williams, R-Lyons, and Sen. Mike Crane, R-Newnan.

Both had expressed disappointment that their fellow senators, by adopting a new set of chamber rules, this morning returned much of Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle’s authority over the Senate – powers stripped from him in 2010.

Cagle’s return and the election of David Shafer, R-Duluth, as Senate president pro tem would be the first of a cascade of changes in the chamber’s governance.

Mullis’ appointment as rules chairman would be the largest of the smaller power shifts. Mullis is a 12-year veteran of the state Capitol and was formerly chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee. “The trick is to take your job seriously, but not yourself,” he said in the elevator on the way down to his office. Mullis was Cagle’s closest ally during the lieutenant governor’s two-year exile.

The north Georgia lawmaker intends to make a good start of things. For instance, he paid for his own tickets to Sunday’s Atlanta Falcons playoff game.

As we neared his office, we passed some of Mullis’ belongings on their trip to his new digs. Don Balfour, R-Snellville, the man whom Mullis is replacing, was already moving his furniture into Mullis’ quarters. The two shook hands. Balfour smiled.

“Where’s my letter?” Mullis asked his staff. Upstairs in your new office, he was told.

So back up the stairs we go. The presumed rules chairman grabbed an object d’art – a plaster elephant – out of a young female aide’s hands and headed for the fourth floor.

Once there, Mullis began a search for the letter. It wasn’t on the new desk, not on the chair, not in any of the boxes. His search was interrupted by House members – Allen Peake, R-Macon; Joe Wilkinson, R-Sandy Springs, and Donna Sheldon, R-Dacula – who had trooped in to offer their congratulations. For good reason.

Before any House bill makes it to the Senate, it will need Mullis’ approval. If he indeed is the Senate Rules Committee chairman.

That letter never did turn up. But Mullis’ furniture is in the office of the Senate Rules committee chairman. And that means something.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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19 comments Add your comment

Aesop's Fables and other Lib Economic Theories

January 14th, 2013
5:44 pm

Hopefully the first order of business will be a new rule – “no dummycrats are allowed to speak.”

Fulton Observer

January 14th, 2013
6:22 pm

Good for Senator Mullis. He’s a intelligent and down to earth guy. He’ll do a great job as rules chairman.

Kris

January 14th, 2013
6:59 pm

That,s a good start paying for his own tickets…Now get to work for the Taxpaying Citizens and we do not need a 3 to 5 million stadium . Let Artie build himself.

Recall Deal!!

Eric

January 14th, 2013
7:06 pm

Aesop. The adults are talking. Sit down and be quiet.

Don Coyote

January 14th, 2013
7:11 pm

The GBI supposedly turned over their reports on Balfour to the AG in mid-December. We’re now in mid-January so is this wrist slap all he gets? If I falsify my expense reports I can assure you that my employer would not accept that it was a simple oversight. This attempted backroom deal that was literally worked out behind closed doors is an insult to the taxpayers. At least prosecute and let a jury decide. That is what two former Democrat AG’s did with two former Democrat legislators.

Diehard

January 14th, 2013
7:12 pm

I heard Mike Crane got chairman of the Vacation Bible School Committee. Tommie Williams will be vice chair.

123

January 14th, 2013
8:44 pm

Assop would cry and complain just to hear himself

Cherokee

January 14th, 2013
8:59 pm

Have you noticed that Aesop is nearly always first or second on jim’s blogs? And Jamie’s? Guy needs to get a life… and get out of his mama’s basement….

Aesop's Fables and other Lib Economic Theories

January 14th, 2013
9:06 pm

cherokee – I have a Droid Razer M. In case you are unaware of what that is, it’s a smartphone that connects to the internets from just about anywhere, except underwater. So, anytime that I’m not underwater, I can rag you liberal mealy mouths unmercifully.

See how I so easily get you to blubber?

Aesop's Fables and other Lib Economic Theories

January 14th, 2013
9:11 pm

liberals can’t debate me so they whine and moan instead.

Fact.

Aesop's Fables and other Lib Economic Theories

January 14th, 2013
9:26 pm

The liberals came, the liberals saw, the liberals filled their diapers.

td

January 14th, 2013
9:30 pm

123

January 14th, 2013
8:44 pm

Assop would cry and complain just to hear himself

Auntie Christ/Satan/Billy Mays Hayes is back again.

123

January 14th, 2013
9:32 pm

td

you crying as well?

Aesop's Fables and other Lib Economic Theories

January 14th, 2013
9:34 pm

The executive actions could include giving the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention authority to conduct national research on guns, more aggressive enforcement of existing gun laws and pushing for wider sharing of existing gun databases among federal and state agencies, members of Congress in the meeting said.

I have no issues with these actions. If the libs are actually going to go after the criminals, instead of the innocents, for the first time in their long, disgusting history, I will support them in their efforts. I’m really quite surprised that these bleeding hearts are for once on the right track.

Although, I’m pretty sure the prospect of them getting humiliated has a lot to do with it.

123

January 14th, 2013
9:44 pm

“Although, I’m pretty sure the prospect of them getting humiliated has a lot to do with it.”

After your November prediction, you surely know about humiliation and crying like a baby

Aesop's Fables and other Lib Economic Theories

January 14th, 2013
9:51 pm

Why would I cry about a northeastern Republican Establishment big government flip flopper from Taxachussets getting beat by a wayward socialist community organizimg fascist?

Oh yeah, I can see your point.

Jim S.

January 15th, 2013
11:58 am

Hey ‘Aesop’…your partisan tainted approach is getting this country nowhere…grow up and help solve a problem instead of name calling and making baseless assertions.

Angela

January 15th, 2013
4:22 pm

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Angela

January 15th, 2013
4:22 pm

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