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Thursday, December 3, 2009

List of pols calling for Richardson's resignation grows

State politicos calling for House Speaker Glenn Richardson to resign are growing in numbers in the wake of his ex-wife's jaw-dropping interview.

Via Jim Galloway, we learn the list of dignitaries includes:

  • State Rep. Judy Manning. The Marietta Republican is part of Richardson's formal leadership team and a member of the Cobb County delegation, which includes House Rules Chairman Earl Ehrhart, R-Powder Springs, a Richardson chum.

  • State Rep. Austin Scott, R-Tifton. The 2010 GOP gubernatorial candidate says new leadership is on th way, the AJC's Aaron Gould Sheinin reports.

  • Secretary of State Karen Handel, also a 2010 GOP gubernatorial hopeful. "It is clear that the Speaker should resign immediately for the good of our state and our citizens," she says.

Galloway reports that Gov. Sonny Perdue last night invited Richardson, House Majority Leader Jerry Keen of St. Simons, and House Speaker pro tem Mark Burkhalter of Johns Creek to the old West Paces Ferry bungalow to discuss the lower chamber's next move. Keen and Burkhalter are both candidates who'd likely fill Richardson's shoes, so the affair must've been awkward as hell.

They also discussed, Galloway was told, whether Richardson, who as of right now relies on the $99,000 annual Speaker salary as his only source of income, deserves a golden parachute. Must be nice.

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