Richardson re-elected speaker

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ATLANTA -- House Republicans re-elected controversial Speaker Glenn Richardson today, turning aside a challenge from a North Georgia lawmaker who said Richardson was too volatile to lead the chamber.

The challenge by Rep. David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, had added intrigue to caucus elections that are usually mere formalities, particularly for a re-elected majority. The voting was done by secret ballot, and the margin of Richardson’s victory was not released.

Richardson, R-Hiram, acknowledged criticism that he sometimes rules with a heavy hand.

“I’ll be the first to tell you that I have made mistakes along the way,” he said. “But I’ll also tell you: I’ve learned along the way.”

Richardson did not, though, apologize for his often combative style.

“When you’re trying to get something done, you have to get out in front and lead,” he said.

Ralston suggested Richardson’s pledge to be more inclusive might not last.

“I don’t believe that good leadership is grounded in fear or intimidation or threat of retribution. ... We must choose today a path that is steady and certain and must remember that hope is not a plan,” he said.

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Craig Spinks
Craig Spinks 11/10/08 - 04:50 pm
A person as sleazy as

A person as sleazy as Richardson shouldn't be electable in a race for dog-catcher, much a race for the highest post in our state's house of representatives. Are our Republican elected representatives attempting to maintain the infamous legacy of Tom Murphy and his nefarious Democratic good ole boys?

Craig Spinks
Craig Spinks 11/10/08 - 04:52 pm
CORRECTION: "much less a

CORRECTION: "much less a race"

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