Political Notes – Blue jeans and boots, in a tribute to Bulloch

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Members of the state Senate honored one of their former colleagues Friday by adopting his style of dress:  pressed blue jeans and polished cowboy boots.

John Bulloch, a plain-spoken pecan farmer from Thomas County, wore those items of clothing on Fridays during his 12 years in the Senate, so that’s what senators, staffers, and lobbyists wore this Friday in a tribute to him.  (Bulloch resigned from the Senate in December because of health problems related to his hospitalization for meningitis.)

“All of you know he’s a man of great strength and character,” said Sen. John “Dickie” Crosby (R-Tifton).

“He was the kind of guy who was willing to stand alone, who was willing to stand up for his convictions,” Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle said.

That was a reference to the independent spirit of Bulloch, a Republican who sometimes broke with members of his caucus on sensitive issues like immigration and abortions.

“You never had to worry he would do the wrong things, because he did the right thing every time,” said Cagle, who jokingly reminded senators, “He may be streaming us live, so be careful about what you say.”

Bulloch’s casual style of dress on Fridays almost resulted in a fist-fight on the Senate floor one day when Dan Moody, a senator from Alpharetta, chastised Bulloch for supposedly violating the rules of Senate decorum.  Bulloch objected strenuously to that description of his wardrobe.

Moody later showed up on the Senate floor wearing a tuxedo to reinforce his comments about Bulloch’s sartorial preferences.

Auditor confirmed

Greg Griffin, who was appointed state auditor by Gov. Nathan Deal last year when Russell Hinton retired, had his appointment confirmed Friday by unanimous votes in both the House of Representatives and the Senate.

Juvenile justice revision introduced

Rep. Wendell Willard (R-Sandy Springs) has introduced the bill, HB 242, that would carry out a comprehensive revision of the state’s juvenile justice code.

The bill’s co-sponsors include Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver (D-Decatur), a longtime advocate of children’s issues, and the governor’s House floor leaders, Reps. Matt Hatchett, Chad Nimmer and Christian Coomer.

“Although we are still reviewing the 244 pages of the bill, the depth of study and the inclusive process that preceded the legislation suggest that Georgia will ensure that our children have the best opportunity to be on a responsible path to adulthood,” said Pat Willis, executive director of Voices for Georgia’s Children.

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