After a back-and-forth with the legal council for Georgia House Speaker David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge), State Senator Josh McKoon (R-Columbus) took the well of the Senate once again Tuesday, this time stating that Georgia “cannot tolerate a toxic culture” within the state’s General Assembly.
The verbal scuffle originated in McKoon’s public comments on the politicization of the “Pastor Protection Act” (House Bill 757) supported by Ralston, and recently passed by the Georgia House by a vote of 161-0.
“The Counsel for the Speaker of the House just used some language to describe me that I cannot post here because of its profane nature” McKoon said in a social media post on Feb. 11. “He informed me if I want to [criticize] House bills that I should run for the House. Evidently in addition to refusing to defend the free exercise of Georgians, if he could have it his way he would take away my right of free speech.” McKoon had also addressed the Senate on the matter on Feb. 11. That video can be seen HERE.
All On Georgia’s Jessica Szilagyi write a column about the incident late last week. (Click HERE to read “Why do the higher ups try to intimidate legislators?“)
Tuesday, Senator McKoon took to the well of the State Senate once again to address the situation, saying that “the hit dog hollers.” He continued by explaining the terms as meaning that “if your criticism hits home because it is true, the object of that criticism will loudly object. Well I got an earful of the hit dog hollering on Thursday afternoon.”
Of the Speaker’s council McKoon told his Senate colleagues from the Senate well Tuesday that “over the last few days I’ve been made aware of multiple instances of this individual threatening legislators, and using profane and vulgar language in doing so.” He later said that the legislature “cannot tolerate a toxic culture where members do not even feel comfortable expressing their views. Georgia is better than this.” McKoon then called for the resignation of the Speaker’s Council, or his firing. He also called for an apology.
See the full speech in the video below: