You could see this one coming

So Glenn Richardson is out as Speaker of the House.  I’m not sure how many of the Metblog readers pay attention to this stuff, but it has been quite the drama-fest.  His ex-wife did the political equivalent of a finishing move last week when she accused him of:

  • cheating on him with a lobbyist while pushing legislation for that lobbyist.  Because he could.
  • threatening to abuse his role as speaker to protect his lobbyist girlfriend in case AGL fired her because of the affair
  • using his attempted suicide to guilt his ex-wife into taking him back
  • threatening to abuse his role as speaker to sic the GBI and State Patrol on her when she went out of town with her new boyfriend
  • threatening to beat his ex-wife up

Wow.  I’m almost impressed.  You are that megalomaniac?  Well done!  You must get up very early in the morning.

Seriously though, anyone who ever watched this guy preside of the House of Representatives can’t be surprised that he turned out to be just as obsessive, power hungry, and unstable behind closed doors as he was in public.  I worked at the State Senate his first session as Speaker, and he regularly berated House members from the podium and then had to go and apologize for his lack of decorum.

I’m totally surprised at how a class act like Richardson ended up in this mess.  At least we didn’t end up with Jerry Keen (R-Disney World) as his replacement.

4 Comments so far

  1. james hervey (jeherv) on December 5th, 2009 @ 7:43 am

    good riddance, i say.

  2. HistoryJoe (unregistered) on December 8th, 2009 @ 12:39 am

    I was kind of excited about his replacement, Mark Burkhalter, but apparently he won’t be running for the Speaker seat after the interim period :( Please, could we have a non-bozo?? Please, please, please

  3. Atlanta Moving Company Man (unregistered) on December 10th, 2009 @ 12:45 pm

    I can’t believe that he would be threatening to abuse his role as speaker to protect his lobbyist girlfriend, that is crazy.

  4. Rashid Z. Muhammad (unregistered) on December 10th, 2009 @ 5:37 pm

    The Kano fatality was probably most fitting, but I was hoping for the “Kiss of Death.”

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