Richardson faces challenge for speaker

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) - Fiery Georgia House Speaker Glenn Richardson
faces a challenge for his gavel.

On Monday, the House Republican caucus will vote on whether to
keep Richardson at the helm.

He's facing a challenge from state Rep. David Ralston, of Blue Ridge.

In a letter circulated to fellow House members, Ralston said that under Richardson the House has been defined by its "heated rhetoric, name calling and infighting."

But Richardson still has a broad base of support.

The first Republican speaker in the Georgia House since Reconstruction he helped engineer the GOP takeover of the chamber House in 2004.

He became irate at the end of the last legislative session as his plan to eliminate property taxes was killed by fellow Republicans.

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