About That Cobb Delegation Meeting Yesterday

In suburban Atlanta, one of the big stories that came out of the 2018 election cycle was the transition of the legislative delegations from three metro counties – Cobb, Fulton, and Gwinnett – from a Republican to a Democrat majority. In preparation for this Session’s first meeting of the Cobb legislative delegation yesterday, House and Senate Dems agreed on the slate of nominees for the delegation’s leadership.

It didn’t quite work out the way we’d planned. From the AJC:

At the top of [the Democrats’] list for chair was State Rep. David Wilkerson. But just after his nomination, Republicans put forward their own candidate: Democratic State Sen. Michael Rhett.

Jordan accused Rhett of cutting a “side deal” with Republicans to “circumvent the slate that had been decided by the Democrats.”

She said the walkout was intended to buy time while the Democrats regroup to decide their next step. 

“It took everybody by surprise,” Jordan said. “It just seems like such a naked attempt to keep power” by Republicans.

Clearly, this was a calculated move upon Tippins’ part. He’s a politician and as such, I suppose such behavior is not entirely unexpected – but it is anathema to how the Cobb delegation has proceeded in the past. That is – the minority party respected the wishes of the majority party.

And that is what is so profoundly disappointing about yesterday: utter disregard for how things have always proceeded within the delegation.

The political reality is that Cobb has changed. Cobb’s blue shift when Hillary Clinton won the county in 2016 was not a fluke, and the 2018 elections confirmed that Cobb is majority Democrat. For years, Democrats in Cobb County respected that there was a Republican majority in Cobb, and that was reflected in our votes for our delegation’s leadership. I do not think it is too great an expectation for our Republican colleagues in the delegation to behave commensurately.

There is talk about dividing the delegation between the House and the Senate (this is the case in several other counties). However, in the spirit of our legacy of bipartisan collaboration in Cobb, is my hope that both the House and Senate will continue to work together to represent Cobb County in the General Assembly as a bicameral delegation.

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Benevolus
Benevolus

Sad. I guess y’all need to play hardball. Unfortunate but necessary.
No prisoners.

Gregs
Gregs

I’m really surprised that you’re surprised. This is straight out of the republican play book. Every single time republicans lose power they begin by offering one attempt after another to disenfranchise the demographic groups that didn’t vote for them. The second thing they do is change the rules (see Michigan, NC, Florida, Kansas, Tennessee or Wisconsin) You better wake up and realize this is just the opening gambit. Once the Superbowl is over the republicans will introduce all types of radical legislation to put a gun in every place in Georgia except the capitol with no registration. They will start… Read more »

LoyaltyIsMyHonor
LoyaltyIsMyHonor

God forbid there be 2 candidates for the delegation Chair. Are you implying that Rhett is a stooge? No matter, he’ll be labeled an Uncle Tom or House Negro in the primary.

The only thing I agree with you is that I’m surprised that the D’s were so surprised. The tantrum and walking out on the meeting didn’t surprise me one bit though. Why so scared of a vote right then and there? Ha

Gregs
Gregs

If this is such a good idea and a magnaninous gesture on the part of the republicans why didn’t they do it in 2014 when he was first elected? If they had, I wouldn’t be so cynical. This is a raw power play. Again, even if the democrats gain control of the delegation, the legislature will simply ignore the will of the local delegation and impose whatever outcome they want. There is already precedent for this.

Lea Thrace
Lea Thrace

Given the foolishness of the East Cobb cityhood chatter that is going around, I would think this is just one of MANY power plays to come from the GOP side. While I would never go as far as some of Gregs points, I do think Cobb Dems need to be prepared to play hardball. GOP is not operating from a place of fairness or normal tradition. They want to hold on to power by any means necessary.

LoyaltyIsMyHonor
LoyaltyIsMyHonor

I’m on the fence with the East Cobb city movement. Although I’m not a fan of my Cobb representation, Ron Fennel is useless as a city council member. Having a government that’s closer to the people is pointless if your council member is indifferent.

Benevolus
Benevolus

Maybe I am being overly cynical, but it feels like, ya know, “I want to live near Atlanta (with the jobs etc that that brings), but not in Atlanta, and I want to reap the benefits of Cobb County, but not have to participate in whatever is going on on the other side of Piedmont Rd.

I mean, just move to St. Simons Island already!

Gregs
Gregs

You may be cynical but it doesn’t change the fact that the Democrats, other than Stacey Abrams, refuse to bring the fight to the republicans in the face of rank abuse. We just got a new committee chairman who is a klan sympathizer. Why? Because all good klan sympathizers deserve and second and a third and a fourth and a fifth chance. You know, we’ve adopted the good people on both sides mantra of Trump now. Did you hear a peep from the Democrats? The party has to stand for something and not just against things. Where is the fight… Read more »

GeneHartke
GeneHartke

When GOP is in power, they call for bi-partisanship and centrist Dems bend. When centrist Dems are in power, GOP pull out all the tricks and centrist Dems shrug. Centrist Dems never learn or they exist to lose embarrassingly..