Now that same Georgia Republican is leaving the state Senate entirely. Republican Governor Nathan Deal arranged for him to get a job of some sort at Georgia Public Broadcasting. Jay Bookman of the Atlanta Journal Constitution writes:
Sen. Chip Rogers had become an embarrassment to the Georgia Senate that he served as majority leader, to the Georgia Republican Party and to the entire state of Georgia. His strange obsessions, from a ban on involuntary chip implantation to conspiracy theories about Agenda 21, made him a laughingstock nationwide. His long-concealed history in the sports gambling business and ethical questions, including efforts to wriggle out of responsibility for a defaulted bank loan, compounded the embarrassment.
But most importantly, as majority leader, Rogers helped to preside over a state Senate that had become dysfunctional. He needed to be gone. After voters in his north Georgia district were given the chance to do so but failed, other means had to be arranged.
And yes, Senator Rogers will not literally be hanging out with Big Bird. He is supposed to create a “new programming initiative that will examine current economic development trends and spotlight job-creating companies throughout the state.” Or something.
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