David Ralston doesn’t say yes, doesn’t say no to bid for governor in 2018

House Speaker David Ralston had just finished telling the Atlanta Press Club about his plans for the House to lead on saving rural Georgia and to fund and build transit infrastructure in the state when he was asked about his own future plans.

Are you considering running for for governor in 2018?

The Blue Ridge Republican made a joke, turned serious and made another joke. But what he didn’t say was “yes” or “no.”

“Well, I left the Capitol a few minutes ago and we had a governor,” he said.

 


 

Gov. Nathan Deal’s second — and final — term ends in January 2019. Ralston has increasingly been mentioned as a potential candidate for the job, along with Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and others. The speaker on Wednesday, however, said he does not believe it appropriate to discuss such  matters while the 40-day legislative session is ongoing.

“Over the coming months, Georgians are going to start thinking about, talking about, what they’re looking for in the next governor,” he said. “I think they’ll be looking for someone who has a vision, such as a Zell Miller with the HOPE scholarship or Nathan Deal with economic development and criminal justice reform.”

Or, Ralston said, “someone with the courage on some of these issues I talked about. At least that’s what I’m going to be looking for.”

Note that last part.

Still, he said, “the job I have now, I’m incredibly honored to have so I’m happy to die in this office. Some days I think I’m pretty close to it.”

The job of speaker requires one to wrangle 179 other House members. It is not an ideal job for political advancement, he said.

“It’s not a job though … you have to make decisions,” he said. “There’s no one to pass the buck off to, because it stops at your desk. You can’t say you have a divided leadership here, because we don’t.”

If that last bit sounds like a shot at Cagle, who has often battled with Senate President Pro Tem David Shafer, R-Duluth, and others in leadership, you weren’t alone.

As speaker, Ralston said, “sometimes though you bruise a few egos. and i get that. I get that the last speaker that went to the governor office was 85 years ago. And I think there’s some reason for that, probably.”

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Stephen Aaron
Stephen Aaron

I don't understand many of the people commenting on this post, most of them have never met the Speaker. He is my State Rep, and overall is a very good man that cares not only about his district, but all of Georgia. If all you ever read about him is the bad stuff and don't take the time out to visit and talk to the man, you will never truly know what kind of person he is. That being said, I don't know if he is running for governor, if he does it will make it very difficult on me in 2018, because he would be one of 3 or 4 people that I think would be good governors, including Jack Kingston.

Bob Wedl
Bob Wedl

He best say yes to a serious diet. Too many chicken dinners

Rod Miller
Rod Miller

Just what Georgia needs another archaic RINO chamber of commerce puppet \U0001f644

Robert J. Simon
Robert J. Simon

I beg to differ, Washington is full ! Not speaking of president Trump, but speaker Ryan and others ! Ralston said he's Republican, yet he thinks liberal !

Patricia Evans
Patricia Evans

Hon, we're talking about a dirty Republican HERE.

Robert J. Simon
Robert J. Simon

Ralston is a liberal in republican clothes, a wolf in sheep clothes !

Patricia Evans
Patricia Evans

Robert J. Simon Hahaha! NO such thing as a Republican liberal in this century. THAT was back in the middle of the last century when Republicans had hearts and brains. This century...nada.

Patricia Evans
Patricia Evans

Tsk! NO more BUSINESS men in government! The Orange Menace has proven what we ALREADY know. Government is NOT run like business.

Victoria Andersen
Victoria Andersen

Those that vote for him: A) Owe him a favor B) Are afraid for their lives C) Have financial interests with him D) Are irreversibly stupid

Michael Wynn
Michael Wynn

Jack Kingston, John Barrow or Jim Marshall would be better choices

Don Allison
Don Allison

Kingston is too busy in Moscow working for Trump.

Shelton Brown Jr
Shelton Brown Jr

Tricky Deal won so hr stands just as much a chance in Georgia.

Mike Lindsey
Mike Lindsey

Just another ineffective status quo do nothing republican.

Les Gazinski
Les Gazinski

I for one am tired of career politicians jumping to office to office.

Samuel Patton
Samuel Patton

I don't think he has much of a chance, if he does try.

Rudy Lindsey
Rudy Lindsey

HE IS A CROOK AND A LAWYER WILL NOT VOT FOR HIM

Jackie Ray
Jackie Ray

Just another do nothing politician. Why does he want to be governor, just to glorify himself.. our rivers have been poisoned , our roads are deplorable..and the same ole crap is still being fed to the Georgia taxpayer..

Victoria Andersen
Victoria Andersen

But he will try to manipulate you and say "I'm not a bad man" and "I'm tired of off the lies and smear campaigns". Watch out, he's dangerous. I know this personally.

Jeff Holcomb
Jeff Holcomb

Him and his cousin DeWayne Hill had no problem dragging me through the mud with their buddy Mullis. They all lie!!!!

Patricia Evans
Patricia Evans

No more good ol' white boys for governor. Too old, too Republican too set in the LAST century. Time for a younger WOMAN for governor.

Joseph Schriefer
Joseph Schriefer

No you sexist, racist swine. It's time for the best person for the job.

Les Gazinski
Les Gazinski

Take that stupid hat off! You lose all credibility with that picture!

Patricia Evans
Patricia Evans

Joseph Schriefer The BEST person is a younger, intellectual woman...like perhaps...Sally Yates or Michelle Nunn. Women are on the move!

Joseph Schriefer
Joseph Schriefer

Patricia Evans no you racist sexist swine, age or gender has no bearing on the best person for the job. No wonder we in advanced society have left people like you behind

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