The Republican Speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives, David Ralston, needs to set an example of how Conservatives should behave in office – and because of past actions David Ralston, the current Speaker, needs to step down from his position.  And at 9 Republican grassroots meetings in March 9 counties including Coweta, Cherokee, DeKalb, Gwinnett, Bartow, Fayette and Camden passed official resolutions saying so.

For those not following the story, Speaker Ralston has been using his position as a legislator to delay trials, to the detriment of the victims.  The AJC has been uncovering more and more stories of people who were injured and, because of the time lapse due to Ralston’s actions are quickly losing their chance for justice.  Here are just a few examples:

  • A DUI case from 2008 that has received 17 court date extensions over 10 years;
  • A rape/child molestation case involving a 14-year old girl that has received 8 court date extensions over more than 5 years;
  • An enticing a child for indecent purposes case from 2009 that has received 14 court date extensions;
  • A domestic violence case in which the battered wife has been unable to have a trial for more than 5 years;

In fact, in the past two years, the Speaker has used his legislative privilege to delay justice in at least 21 court cases in four North Georgia counties through 57 separate court date extensions, 81.7 percent of which were granted for dates outside of the legislative session.

We in the 98th District are proud that our Representative, David Clark, has stepped up and authored a resolution (HR 328) encouraging the Speaker to give that very important position to someone else.  As Republicans, I believe we must show that we are willing to stand up and speak out when our own get caught up in activities that do not uphold our core values. Our Republican members need to be examples and role models.

Representative Clark certainly did not take this action lightly – in fact, he with the Speaker privately and could not get answers to specific questions on this issue. He is really putting everything on the line to stand up for the people who have been hurt by Rep. Ralston’s actions. Fortunately, several other House members have been principled enough to join him.  But Rep. Clark is now facing childish behavior from many Republican House members who would rather stand with a bully than stand on principle.  But just like he did when he was on active duty in the middle east, David is not backing down.  In five years he wants to be able to look back and tell people that he was willing to take a stand for those that could not fight for themselves.

And there will be more of these tragic stories to come.  Rep. Clark has had people contact him explaining how Ralston’s tactics have enabled those accused of crimes to live free and avoid their day in court.  One man even stated that everyone knew that if you didn’t want to be convicted, just pay Ralston $20,000 and your case would never go to court.  The AJC is now investigating even more cases of abuse.

One more word before I go – Ralston is now saying he will take no new clients until these old cases are closed out and he promises to be a good Speaker in the future.  Many conservative representatives are using this a reason to excuse his behavior.  But most of us know he is ONLY changing this practice because he got caught.  If the AJC hadn’t uncovered this, it would be business as usual.  And we have to wonder – how many other things are there that have not been discovered?

What can you do?

Please take just a minute and call or, even easier, email some of the Republican Representative at the State House. If enough of us do this I promise it will have an effect!  This is a House Resolution, so it was not affected by Crossover day.  A Resolution only has to pass one chamber, so if the House Leadership lets it come up for a vote then it could pass in the next few weeks.

Below is the basic contact info for the current Republican House Members.  Members who are supporting the resolution, as of this writing, are Kevin Cooke, David Stover, Jeff Jones, Sheri Gilligan, Ken Pullin, and Karen Mathiak.  But David needs 91 to join him!

Fist Name Last Name Phone Email
Mandi Ballinger 404.656.7153
Timothy Barr 404.656.0298
Matt Barton 404.656.0325
Dave Belton 404.656.3947
Tommy Benton 404.656.5126
Shaw Blackmon 404.463.7853
Josh Bonner 404.656.0254
Jon Burns 404.656.5052
Michael Caldwell 404.656.0152
Wes Cantrell 404.656.0152
Kasey Carpenter 404.656.1803
John Carson 404.656.0287
Mike Cheokas 404.656.0152
David Clark 404.656.0298

(Author of the bill)

Heath Clark 404.656.0213
J Collins 404.656.1803
Kevin Cooke 404.656.0188


Sharon Cooper 404.656.5069
John Corbett 404.656.0213
Katie Dempsey 404.463-2248
Robert Dickey 404.463.2246
Matt Dollar 404.463.7853
Matt Dubnik 404.656.0213
Emory Dunahoo, Jr. 404.656.0152
Chuck Efstration 404.656.5105
Ginny Ehrhart 404.656.0152
Terry England 404.463.2245
Chris Erwin 404.656.0188
Barry Fleming 404.656.5125
Houston Gaines 404.656.0325
Matthew Gambill 404.656.0254
Sheri Gilligan 404.656.0325


Micah Gravley 404.463.8143
Gerald Greene 404.656.5105
Joseph Gullett 404.656.0177
Matt Gurtler 404.656.0188
Brett Harrell 404.656.5103
Matt Hatchett 404.656.5025
Lee Hawkins 404.656.7855
Dewayne Hill 404.656.0325
Bill Hitchens 404.463.7855
Don Hogan 404.656.0177
Susan Holmes 404.656.5132
Penny Houston 404.463.2248
Rick Jasperse 404.656.5943
Jan Jones 404.656.5072
Jeff Jones 404.656.0178


Todd Jones 404.656.0213
Trey Kelley 404.656.5024
Tom Kirby 404.656.0177
David Knight 404.463.2248
John LaHood 404.656.0177
Dominic Lariccia 404.651.7737
Jodi Lott 404.651.7737
Eddie Lumsden 404.656.5087
Chuck Martin 404.656.5064
Karen Mathiak 404.656.0298
Danny Mathis 404.656.0152
Tom McCall 404.656.5099
Steven Meeks 404.656.0177
Martin Momtahan 404.656.0177
Colton Moore 404.656.0325
Greg Morris 404.656.5115
Marc Morris 404.656.0298
Mark Newton 404.656.0254
Randy Nix 404.656.5146
Butch Parrish 404.463.2246
Don Parsons 404.656.7853
Jesse Petrea 404.657.1803
Clay Pirkle 404.656.0188
Alan Powell 404.463.3793
Jay Powell 404.656.5141
Jimmy Pruett 404.656.5143
Ken Pullin 404.656.0188


David Ralston 404.656.5020
Bert Reeves 404.651.7737
Trey Rhodes 404.656.5099
Bonnie Rich 404.656.0254
Jason Ridley 404.656.0325
Terry Rogers 404.651.7737
Dale Rutledge 404.656.0254
Ed Rynders 404.656.6801
Steven Sainz 404.656.0177
Mitchell Scoggins 404.656.0325
Ed Setzler 404.656.7857
Deborah Silcox 404.656.3949
Lynn Smith 404.656.7149
Richard Smith 404.656.6831
Vance Smith 404.656.0254
Ron Stephens 404.656.5115
David Stover 404.656.0177


Jan Tankersley 404.656.7855
Kevin Tanner 404.656.9210
Steve Tarvin 404.463.3793
Darlene Taylor 404.656.0109
Scot Turner 404.656.0152
Dale Washburn 404.656.0152
Sam Watson 404.463.2246
Andy Welch 404.656.5912
Bill Werkheiser 404.463.7857
Marcus Wiedower 404.656.0325
Noel Williams 404.656.0254
Rick Williams 404.656.0287
Bruce Williamson 404.656.5024


I have sent emails specifically to the Representatives that I know.  While each one was different, by way of example, here is the email I sent to Representative Tim Barr:


While you are not my Representative, I have had the pleasure of speaking with you several times and based on those conversations and your work in the House I am confident that you are a man of integrity.

So I am asking that you please help my Representative, David Clark, and join him as a sponsor of his resolution 328 to encourage David Ralston to resign his role as Speaker.

As Republicans, I believe we must show that we are willing to stand up and speak out when our own get caught up in activities that do not uphold our core values. Our Republican members should be examples and role models.

David Clark met with the Speaker privately and could not get answers to specific questions on this issue. He is really putting everything on the line to stand up for the people who have been hurt by Rep. Ralston’s actions. Fortunately, several other House members have been principled enough to join him, and I hope that you will consider helping him out in this effort as well.


David Hancock
Suwanee, GA

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3 thoughts on “Ralston Should Go”
  1. What David Ralston has done and is doing now for many years may not be illegal, but it’s incredibly immoral! He is a stain on Ga. He needs to go!!!

  2. Obstruction is against the law, regardless of who you know! Time to start circulating the Recall Statute for Mr. Ralston and anyone who supports his action is surely complicit.

  3. The actions of David Ralston were seriously unethical as an officer of the court. Delaying justice for victims was unconscionable. Delaying cases for a hefty fee to ultimately gain a result of a not guilty outcome for a DUI case is unethical as well.
    These are the actions of a dishonest man. He shoud step down as Speaker of the House. He is not an honorable man worthy to represent Georgia in that position. What he has done in his private law practice does reflect badly on the GOP. You can bet this will be brought up by the Democrats in upcoming elections against our Republican candidates

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