Nearly a dozen State House members sign onto the resolution calling for Speaker David Ralston to step down.
Rep. David Clark (R-Buford) filed the measure accusing Ralston, a Blue Ridge attorney, of abusing his power by delaying more than 50 cases of his clients citing legislative privilege. Clark became especially upset when one of those cases involved a man accused of raping a teenager six years ago.
“I can’t stay silent when something is being done wrong and especially when there are victims who are being hurt by our Speaker who’s abused his power,” he tells WSB’s Sandra Parrish.
Ralston maintains he’s done nothing wrong saying some of those cases are in the final stages of being handled and others are out of his control due to court schedules and witnesses.
He is pleased with the outpouring of support he’s received former Governors Roy Barnes and Nathan Deal, both attorneys, and current Gov. Brian Kemp.
“Many, many House members have reached out. And so, I think as people take a look at it and kind of sort through the fact from fiction, they kind of see what’s there. But if people want to drop a resolution, it’s certainly a free country to do that,” says Ralston.
All the nearly one dozen lawmakers who signed onto the resolution are Republicans. One Democrat told Parrish his party has no plans to get involved.
Ralston says he will not step down.
“We’ve got a lot of work to do and it’s not about me, it’s about getting the work done for the people of Georgia,” he says.