Rats! When vermin invade the Gold Dome

A rat was spotted near the Georgia Senate chamber, pictured here shortly before its demise. AJC/Greg Bluestein

It wasn’t quite the vermin invasion Sonny Perdue once warned about, but a solitary rat spotted outside the Georgia Senate during one of the busiest days of the legislative session created quite a stir – and a whirlwind of snark.

The rat soon met an untimely demise, care of a Senate doorkeeper who was handy with a garbage pail. But it shall live on in a flood of social media posts and a memorable outtake you can find below.

We were interviewing state Sen. Renee Unterman about Georgia’s Medicaid options when the rat – we’ll call him King – peeked out from underneath a desk. The Gwinnett Republican gamely gave us permission to post the audio below:

The jokers were soon crawling out of the woodwork.

 

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Steve Britt
Steve Britt

Happens everytime a liberal fascist Democrat walks through the capital door. Look it's Ossoff!

Amy Parks
Amy Parks

Oh look it's the republican bring your kids to work day! ! ! !

Mike Nunn
Mike Nunn

That rat is our Republican Governor

Mike Dougherty
Mike Dougherty

Would Amy Glennon's crowd have shown that if Democrats were in the majority?

Joseph Hurst
Joseph Hurst

With all the snakes running this state, not suprised someone's lunch got away

Joey Poss
Joey Poss

They been there for years!!!!

Ian Davis
Ian Davis

Fewer fat cats, more real cats. \U0001f431

Mary Reynoso
Mary Reynoso

Maybe the rats will get rid of some bad officials while they are there and help the people of Georgia

Jack Fowler
Jack Fowler

I can guess which side of the aisle he votes for. He had to be there for his religious freedom vote, or was it campus carry, or for a separate but equal school bill, or a bathroom bill, or whatever waste of time bill is next on the agenda.

Jackie Cranford Sherwood
Jackie Cranford Sherwood

There have always been rats at the Capitol. A rat by any other name is still a rat....\U0001f606

Daniel Knode
Daniel Knode

NO one noticed. They just thought it was a new Junior Representative.

John Woods
John Woods

Did this Democrat get to vote on any issues?

Robert Bass
Robert Bass

Hillary visited the gold dome today, still a little camera shy though....

Brian Haulk
Brian Haulk

Looks like some of the Democrats brought their Cousins! \U0001f633\U0001f602\U0001f602\U0001f602

Marion Baker
Marion Baker

Downtown Atlanta ,what else can you expect !

Linda Miller
Linda Miller

The States legislators cousins came in for the reunion.

Jeanie Gibbs Tyre
Jeanie Gibbs Tyre

The rats are going home to be with their own kind! The rats that sold out Southeast Ga. To Ga. Power and Republic Services to allow coal- ash dumping in our wetlands !

Anthony Negri
Anthony Negri

Like liberals they are there for the free stuff

Jeanie Gibbs Tyre
Jeanie Gibbs Tyre

Ha serves them right!!!Now perhaps those idiots running the place will rethink spay,neuter, release of cats! Those fools have no clue.....the head of our Ag. Dept. Has supposedly banned it....

Mimi DeArman Outlaw
Mimi DeArman Outlaw

How appropriate - they stick together...just looking for someone to look down on!

Fred Koenig
Fred Koenig

Hey look its one of the local Demorats!

John Johnson
John Johnson

Yes, but this is their last week in session

Melanie Wheeler
Melanie Wheeler

Haha! That's what happens when the state decides to give electric car owners an annual $200 penalty tax, the highest penalty tax in the nation. Only ten states penalize electric car owners. GA has the highest penalty..

Jarid Moon
Jarid Moon

I don't own one, but if I did, I move. Georgia wouldn't get my tax dollars. I live near Augusta and I get my gas in South Carolina because it's 20¢ cheaper.

Marion Baker
Marion Baker

You gotta pay to drive on the roads somehow . The feds Democrats were talking about putting gps on Electric vehicles and charge by the mile the way they charge trucks .

Melanie Wheeler
Melanie Wheeler

Before 2015, we didn't have to pay and the state gave a $5,000 tax credit. Sounds about right that rats have taken over..

Jarid Moon
Jarid Moon

Marion Baker, you pay taxes on your electric bill.

Mark Leclaire
Mark Leclaire

What? It's just another Democrat politician ...