Posted: 5:00 pm Friday, April 18th, 2014

Sources: Chip Rogers is out at GPB 

By Greg Bluestein

Former state Sen. Chip Rogers, who was given a cushy job and a six-figure salary at Georgia Public Broadcasting after leaving office, is on his way out after little more than a year at the station.Chiprogers

Three people with knowledge of the situation tell us that Rogers, who was making a lofty $150,000 as an executive producer on an economic development program, is being let go.  Rogers didn’t return several calls seeking comment and GPB executives didn’t return repeated calls throughout the day.

One person with direct knowledge of the situation said Rogers was “blindsided” by the news when he was told Friday.

Rogers’ position, like others at GPB, was paid solely through state taxpayers’ money and he was paid more than several higher-ranking executives.

Rogers was first elected to the Legislature in 2002 and rose to be one of the Senate’s most visible GOP leaders, championing an immigration crackdown. He resigned in December 2012 to take what he called a “dream” job with GPB that built on his background as a former television and radio reporter.

He stepped down from office after a series of missteps, including a failed bank loan and public disclosure of Rogers’ work for a sports gambling network. GPB President Teya Ryan said at the time that it was a trial run, but it drew considerable fire from critics who said it smacked of cronyism.

Rogers, for his part, soon settled into the role as the director of the station’s Georgia Works initiative where he posted frequent blogs about economic development programs. He also held down a side job as a lobbyist for the Asian American Hotel Owners Association.

An ominous sign for Rogers came in March when state lawmakers added language in the budget that seemed aimed at his gig. It redirected funds dedicated to GPB’s economic development television division to ventures that promote a “wide variety” of projects.

Democrats and their allies linked Rogers’ sudden firing to upcoming elections. Better Georgia said in a statement that Gov. Nathan Deal, whose office declined comment, was behind both the hiring and the firing.

“What a shame that Gov. Deal forced Georgia taxpayers to pay for this,” the group said.

Check out our full story at myajc.com.

59 comments
Bernie31
Bernie31

Chip is now a Dip..... Surely The Mrs is worried and will have a Awful Easter weekend Full of Dread and worry.

Now what? Mr. Big Shot is what she is aking of Chip? So what is Your Plan NOW!  Tell Me...and it had better be good. I cannot Believe you Lost a $150k thousand dollar Job handed to you on a SILVER PLATTER!

Robobby
Robobby

A scummy LOSER, just like Deal

LostGoat
LostGoat

i stopped giving money to pbs when they gave that crook that easy job with the obscene salary

PatrickThompson
PatrickThompson

A very sad episode in the failure of unchecked political leadership of any type, this time Republican. Chip has no resume of real work, lives off other people's money and is the worst kind of public servant. He serves only those who pay to keep him in power. He didn't have the sense to stay out of illegal gambling, hides his money so he doesn't have to pay for his share of public services, lobbies while legislating and vice versa, gets bank loans to buy hotels with no collateral other than his elected title, was an officer for the lobby organization for lobbyists (ALEC) where he plagiarized corporate bills for use in Georgia, said he sold his long-stay hotel to a long-time friend (a guy with a felon's bracelet on his ankle), used Federal funds to get into the hotel business but walked away with unpaid bills that left many families with no food or shelter, destroyed a community bank and left a small community to pay tear down costs of a dilapidated property. He was an enemy of public services like healthcare, education, transportation and safety. He pretended to tea party while driving state spending up by replacing taxes with fees, keeping expensive healthcare in the hands of taxpayers, starving children's education for the private few...not ashamed to continue his taxpayer assault by accepting a worthless GPB role. Will this area learn to elect responsible leaders or will they continue blindly supporting ambitions of corrupt politicians?

DewieCheatem_n_Howe
DewieCheatem_n_Howe

Face it, when the Democrats were had all the power there was enough political infighting to keep it from being a complete dictatorship though there were times that Tom Murphy came close to running it all.  The current regime though has all of the Republicans afraid to buck the Governor.  You go against Deal or Sonny and they carve your budget out from under you a la Barge or the GDOT Board.  Or you take a thorn out of your side in the legislature and cut him a new position out of whole cloth with no job announcements or the chance for others to apply. 


A Governor should not be able to hire and fire below the level of Department heads and should not have the ability to kill the budgets of other elected officials just because they disagree with him. Or of course the budget for salaries on the ethics commission either.  The legislature letting them get away with these shenanigans is giving us a return to the bad old days of the Kingfish in Louisiana. All we will need is the mandate for all state employees to kickback 10% of their salaries in cash to the Governor. 

AndrewCows
AndrewCows

TEYA needs to follow him out the door.  She wastes more more than the whole staff combined


honested
honested

Apparently he lived up to the terms of his no-cut contract at GPB:

1-He kept quiet

2-He got paid

3-He made no noticeable improvements to GPB.


Republicans at 'work'.

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

Georgia State Senate, District 21 Republican Primary, 2012  Chip Rogers Incumbent 59% 17,659 Brandon Beach 41% 12,269 Total Votes 29,928

CherokeeCounty
CherokeeCounty

I love my home in Cherokee. 

"Where the Metro meets the Mountains."

But I want to publicly apologize to the good citizens of Georgia for our part in foisting this crooked flack on the long suffering tax payers of this state.  Let;'s hope if he ever does try to get back into politics that he'll do it in the not-so-centrist plagiarism kid's home county.

JAWJA
JAWJA

Wonder how many Hershey Bars Chip sent in with the resume for his new job?  That was one of his "tips" on getting a job on GPB. 

AvailableName
AvailableName

Darn it, now I have to give GPB money again.

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

Two glaring errors in the above.

1.  Rogers stepped down AFTER being offered the job.

2.  Rogers was re-elected by a wide margin, and did not step down because of "a series of missteps".

We may see him back in politics if he doesn't get another good job.  He is smart and articulate with an excellent resume - just not a Democrat to please the AJC and most of its clientèle. 

Jim Brams
Jim Brams

 Good riddance. Stole almost $200,000 of our (taxpayer) money to do nothing.

BarryPendry
BarryPendry

It’s about time....Somebody wised up a fired the clown....Now he can’t re-hire him...it would just show how much Deal values his cronies.


FarTrain
FarTrain

Now if they could only dump the two silly, immature, constant-blabbering-say-nothing twosome that does GA HS sports, especially during HS football. That would be Mark Harmon and Jon Nelson. Don't know which one acts more childish!   If I didn't love high school football so much, I would honestly mute the sound. In fact, at times I have.  They remind me so much of John Buck and Tim McCarver on national TV. Where do they find these people, and how do they keep their jobs?  Know somebody maybe?

Kamchak
Kamchak

 Three people with knowledge of the situation tell us that Rogers, who was making a lofty $150,000 as an executive producer on an economic development program, is being let go.

Good riddance. Now the Chiperator has to go out and find a real job.

td1234
td1234

All you teachers and state employees had better take notice of this because it is exactly the same type of treatment Deal is going to do to you all if you allow him to get past the primary and win re-election. 


Retribution for the people that cross him is his speciality. 

Lynn43
Lynn43

@PatrickThompson  Mr. Thompson, People will never learn to investigate who they are voting for.  Most don't even know the names of their representatives.  All they do is see an R by a name and vote for that one.  We once had Statesmen.  Now we have crooks.

DewieCheatem_n_Howe
DewieCheatem_n_Howe

@honested  

Actually I'm surprised that he was fired this early.  I assumed the Deal with Deal was for 2 years to establish the $150K as the basis salary for his state pension. Now it will fall back to the paltry legislator's salary. Of course he still got to keep the half-mil or so he had in the "campaign fund" too. 

td1234
td1234

@CherokeeCounty  Yes Georgette, the solidly red county of Cherokee is the only place you can be the local chairman of the Democratic party. 

Kamchak
Kamchak

@The_Centrist

2.  Rogers was re-elected by a wide margin, and did not step down because of "a series of missteps".

And of course you can provide evidence of this assertion, yes?

DannyX
DannyX

@The_Centrist, LOL I was waiting for you to show up and defend your political hero!  Yep, crazy Chip is definitely your cup of Tea. Heck what "centrist" wouldn't love the far right nut.


The crazy Agenda 21 conspiracy that Chip is passionate about must make you swoon!  We know how much you love crazy conspiracy theories and paranoia.  His financing skills are another thing that you go gaga over.  Pure genius how he was able to finance the roach motel he bought with no collateral, just sign on the dotted line, $2.1 million!  "They knew we could never pay it back."


Hope he still has some banking connections!  No job, here's a million!  Don't worry about paying it back, just like last time!

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

Rogers graduated from Georgia Tech with a certificate in Economics and Georgia State's College of Business with an MBA.

Lynn43
Lynn43

@td1234  I don't usually agree with you, but this is one time I do.  I have to vote the Democrat ticket in the primary to vote for Valarie Wilson, but my daughter is voting the republican ticket for me to vote for Dr. Barge.

Falcaints
Falcaints

What more can he do to teachers, five years of furlough days and counting.

honested
honested

@td1234 @CherokeeCounty 

You must be counting on the old and ignorant to live forever.

How many new young wrong wingers join the clown car party each week?

JAWJA
JAWJA

@The_Centrist  What a waste of a great education! He coulda been a contendah!

honested
honested

@The_Centrist  

And those qualifications got him the last to jobs he resigned from.

Looks like the end of the road, does he have any marketable skills?

bhopal
bhopal

@The_Centrist  Maybe he can find a good job so he and Tom Graves can pay Bartow County Bank the over Two Million Dollars they screwed them out of.  Ya think?

td1234
td1234

@Falcaints  Lets see: There was a bill to reduce TRS that could pass. He would certainly re-coop the $200 million in insurance payments that he had to pay out to keep them divided and apathetic. More teacher assessments, More charter schools with less attention to pay teachers? Vouchers? 


Should I go on. There is plenty of punishment that Deal can put on the teachers that made him look bad and take attention away from his getting money from those monied interest. 


If all teacher, state employees and retirees do not unite before May 20th and retire Deal then he will start planning his revenge.   

DixiesDew
DixiesDew

@honested  

No idea because even though our laws were founded upon English common law and NOT Judeo-Christian law as is often falsely proclaimed, and yes under each women were considered chattel. But guess what, abortion was legal until the fetus had quickened and of course the father agreed. 


We have far too many other more important issues to dwell on. But by td arguing these absurdities I can tell you he is doing his part to make sure women of sane mind in Georgia vote for Michelle Nunn. Thank you td1234.

honested
honested

@DixiesDew @td1234@honested 

They are just blindly following the will of their imaginary friend......

Unfortunately we no longer have institutions to house them so we are required to keep ever vigilant to prevent them from gaining control.

And why is that one ridiculous issue the pressure point the tiny dog chooses to revile Socialism????

DixiesDew
DixiesDew

@td1234 @honested

OK, if you want to go the hysterical hyperbole route: How about a party who would find women guilty of homicide if the single cell zygote who would be legally considered a person gets flushed?  A party that would find it to also be homicide if a doctor didn't do IVF procedures a totally impractical one fertilized cell at a time? Or tells a 13 year-old raped by her father that she will have to carry the abomination to full term no matter how many heads it has? 


td1234
td1234

@honested @td1234  Yes, the party that wants it legal to push a babies head out of the birth canal and then stab it with a knife is less horrible than republicans. Tell me another one. 

honested
honested

@td1234 @honested 

If I were dreaming it would be that they would accept the simple fact that the wrong-wing world views them as chattel and vote Socialist.

Democrats are just less horrible than republicans.

td1234
td1234

@honested Well my son (17) went with some of his friends just last week and put out signs for Dr. Barge. 


Do you really believe all these single white women in their 20's will remain democrats once they get married and have children? If you do then you are dreaming. 

DewieCheatem_n_Howe
DewieCheatem_n_Howe

@honested

Yeah he has experience as "Will the Winner" touting sports' books. But due to the faux fundamentalist leaning legislators that ain't legal here. He can either move to Vegas or I'm sure given his record so far he can always go the "I HAVE SINNED" route and become a TeeVee faith healer if he stays here. 

DewieCheatem_n_Howe
DewieCheatem_n_Howe

@The_Centrist  

Yes they settled with the same bankers who gave them the questionable loans in the first place. Prior to the bank being taken over by the FDIC and taxpayers getting soaked for the losses. 

bhopal
bhopal

@The_Centrist  Nathan needs to appoint him to another job soon because when Jason Carter gets elected governor he won't be able to get a custodial job at the capitol.

bhopal
bhopal

@The_Centrist  And of course you can provide written proof of these so-called legal promises. ROFLMAO   Why don't you finance him if you are so confident he can get reelected.  Appointed, hell yes!  Ole Nathan can find him a job somewhere if he hasn't already.

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

@bhopal - They counter sued claiming the bank made certain legal promises about refinancing which were reneged.  Again, it was settled - meaning BOTH sides agreed with the terms.  

There is little doubt in my mind he could get re-elected, hired, or appointed to many good positions - and will.  He may be in no hurry depending on his separation package.

bhopal
bhopal

@The_Centrist  Yeah old Tom and Chip counter sued the bank saying they ought to have known they weren't able to pay back the money and should have never loaned it to them in the first place.  If you think his constituents weren't concerned let him (encourage him to) run again.  

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

@bhopal - There were cross litigation suits over that which settled meaning BOTH sides agreed to the terms.  Rogers was since easily re-elected so his constituents weren't concerned - just his political opponents like you and the AJC.

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