Trails and Tribulations

The media has been abuzz with the Tiger Woods sex scandal.  Quite frankly, I couldn’t care less.  As far as I’m concerned sex scandals are only interesting if they have political consequences, like S.C. Governor Mark Sanford’s hike on the “Appalachian Trail”.  Such is the case for Republican Glenn Richardson who announced on Thursday that he would be stepping down from his position as Georgia’s House Speaker (the first GOP speaker since Reconstruction).  Richardson, a self-righteous crusader for “family values” who has pushed for a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages, attempted suicide last month amidst an ethics scandal and allegations that he had an affair with a lobbyist from Atlanta Gas Light (at the same time he was sponsoring legislation that would have benefited the utility).  Georgia Republicans control both houses of the Legislature and the Governor’s Mansion, but every legislator is up for reelection next year and Gov. Sonny Purdue is finishing his second and final term.  If a lagging economy stokes anti-incumbent sentiment and the Richardson sex scandal causes values voters to stay home, Georgia Republicans could be in trouble next year.



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