Posted: 4:09 pm Saturday, April 19th, 2014

Chip Rogers awaits ‘next challenge’ after splitting with GPB 

By Greg Bluestein

Former state Sen. Chip Rogers on Saturday confirmed our report that he was let go from Georgia Public Broadcasting. His high-paying gig there had been the source of controversy from critics who said his hire smacked of political cronyism.

“I enjoyed my time with GPB,” Rogers said in a statement. “Our show had great ratings and my blog was the most widely read on the site. I look forward to my next challenge and wish the best for everyone at GPB.”

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Chip Rogers, once a leading Republican lawmaker, landed a cushy job with Georgia Public Broadcasting after resigning from office.

Rogers, a Woodstock Republican, was elected to the Legislature in 2002 and rose to be one of the Senate’s most visible GOP leaders. He resigned in December 2012 after some high-profile missteps to take what he called a “dream” job with GPB that built on his background as a former television and radio reporter.

Amid criticism from GPB donors and employees – one even resigned in protest – Rogers settled into the role as the director of the station’s Georgia Works initiative where he posted frequent blogs about economic development programs. He earned a taxpayer-funded salary of $150,000 for his GPB work while holding down a side job as the government affairs director for the Asian American Hotel Owners Association.

He wouldn’t say what his “next challenge” is but the hotel group still lists him as an employee. Click here for the full story on Rogers’ short-lived tenure with the station.

67 comments
PatrickThompson
PatrickThompson

Whatever his education, Chip missed his calling in creative writing. As CEO of Rogers Communications, a fake title and a non-existent company, made up so he could funnel money to family members and not incorporating so as to avoid taxes that pay for public services. Government Affairs Director is a fancy name for lobbyist. Once again he's being paid for influence and action in legislatures across the country and, once again, he'll collect a check and deliver nothing.

Wascatlady
Wascatlady

Mr. Galloway do you get $150,000 of taxpayer money for an occasional blog entry!?!!

Wascatlady
Wascatlady

I would say "sucked" instead of "smacked."

JohnBoy10
JohnBoy10

Don't expect change. The Radical Right is shameless, corrupt, and incompetent, headed by the most shameful of the crazies, Gov. Nathan Deal - they enjoy trying to out crazy each other...guns in bars??? Really??

dreluv
dreluv

Nathan Deal is sneaky keep a eye on this one..Nathan Deal put him on ethic commissioner board Nathan Deal need to be in jail...Nathan Deal is really trying to destroy Georgia before he get out of office.

BuckheadBoy
BuckheadBoy

Goposaurs like to pretend that they are elephants; but elephants can instinctively perceive their end.

honested
honested

NEXT CHALLENGE = SOMETHING THAT GENERATES INCOME WITHOUT ATTACHMENT TO THE PUBLIC TEAT.

TrueBlueDem
TrueBlueDem

Perhaps the rumors are true....Chip Rogers is going to be hired as the new Ethics Commission Director.

PoliticalOutsider
PoliticalOutsider

Chip Rogers has never been anything more than a fraud and scam artist. His only job has been making a living off his political career. Being a paid lobbyist while serving in the Legislature" Scamming the Bartow County Bank and ultimately the tax payers out of $2M bucks. Finally, his own party disowned him and he exited to another tax paid job only to be a paid lobbyists while making a $150k from the tax payers.

He is just pure slim, and eventually karma catches up with you.

DannyX
DannyX

I see the conservatives around here keep bringing up the evil progressives, and liberal media but continue to ignore the fact that it was REPUBLICANS that caused Chip's demise.  Chip was too crazy for the crazy Republicans in this state, now that's crazy!  If Chip was an effective leader he wouldn't have faced a coup.


If Republicans liked Rogers he would still be one of their leaders, not kicked to the curb in disgrace.

td1234
td1234

Man do the progressives dislike Rodgers. The Chipster was a very effective leader and was better than any Democrat in the state at changing Deal's agenda. 

CuriousPrime
CuriousPrime

I never quite understood why Chip took  a job with an organization that his party wants to defund.  During his tenure, the programming didn't change,  telling us about economic development programs are regularly announced in every media outlet under the sun, and he made more money than poor old Phil Gingrey.


Who says Galloway doesn't write good things about Republicans, even when it is worthless.

JakeSpoon
JakeSpoon

Who cares?? Please just go away.

SmartAleck
SmartAleck

Jim Galloway, the TMZ of the AJC, never passed up taking a shot at Chip Rogers. 

Partisan hack.

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

I Saw Rogers at a debate when fellow Republican Beach ran (and lost badly) against him.  Galloway and Handel were both moderators.  They were laughing and smiling at each other for the entire time.  Both of them were obviously for Beach from their questions and follow ups.   I knew back then that Galloway was in the tank against Rogers and too friendly with (female) Republican/ high school graduate Handel, which seemed odd since Galloway is so far left.  I guess she is his favorite Republican because she is a female, but would undoubtedly turn on her if she could ever run against a Democrat.

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

What Chip Rogers represents is the polar opposite of what public broadcasting represents, imho.  It is good for the public that the cord between the two has been cut. 

petel
petel

Regardless of what The Centrist says, Rogers is an unethical hypocrite.  Of course, the voters in Cherokee County may elect him to something since they have a history of electing crooks and idiots to public office.  The guy is a loser I don't care how many degrees he has.     

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

With his CV that includes an economics degree from GA Tech, a Masters Degree from GA State, having served as the Majority Leader in the GA Senate for 3 years, popular in the district where he lives and never had a credible threat to his re-elections - there is little doubt he will land a good job and/or be back in politics.  Liberals here, along with the AJC, will be disappointed.

Bernie31
Bernie31

@honested - He Can't Dot it!  Chip has been a WELFARE RECIPIENT most of his Adult Life. Chip is a TAKER!  Now this kind of American the GOP should be focusing on who DO NOTHING but take from the AMERICAN PEOPLE!

But Nooooo. The GOP CLOWNS want to  STICK IT to the POOR & NEEDY.

The real LESS FORTUNATE ones among US. But those Like CHIP they Protect, like themselves. ALWAYS!



Bernie31
Bernie31

@TrueBlueDem - This occurrence should NOT SURPRISE, ANYONE!

If any Georgian NEEDS a REASON as to why GOVERNOR " Yella Teeth" NATHAN DEAL should NOT be RE-ELECTED.

The Hiring of CHIP ROGERS in any capacity as a STATE PAYEE will be Your SIGN.

The most UNETHICAL Chip Rodgers to be Hired as the NEW Ethics Commission Director!

This sounds like something Georgia Republicans and Nathan Deal would APPROVE OF.

For This is HOW THEY ROLL.....Always SELF RIGHTEOUS, SANCTIMONIOUSLY,  IMMORAL & UNETHICAL.

uh..huh.

honested
honested

@td1234  

tiny dog,

Really?

Why is it the teaklanners are so attached to a thief from the public till?

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

An example of reality instead of political wishful thinking by partisans.  Like it, or not.  It simply does not matter what partisans hope or state if it isn't truthful, real, or probable.

DewieCheatem_n_Howe
DewieCheatem_n_Howe

@SmartAleck  

I see you have some issues with original thought as you posted the exact same comment on the thread with the TPer denigrating (dissing) Ralston for having a MARTA card. Jim only gave a quote and a couple lines of intro to an unedited video and the TPer proceeded to make a fool of himself. 


Here, under a byline by Greg Bluestein, (reading comprehension problem as well I guess), you again compare Mr. Galloway to TMZ and call him a partisan hack for reporting confirmation of Chip Rogers' firing from the man himself. He then goes on to give some of the <b>factual</b>  history of Mr. Rogers' tenure in the public limelight. It's called reporting. "Taking a shot" would be speculating on what kind of pictures Deal had to get him to quit the Senate in the first place ;)

DannyX
DannyX

@SmartAleck, maybe you can answer, why did Chip quit shortly after being re-elected?


Mean ol' liberal media?

CuriousPrime
CuriousPrime

@The_Centrist  Could it have been because Handel went to Douglass High School (MD)?  So Galloway smiled?  It is probably  because he saw the comedy in front of him.

DannyX
DannyX

@The_Centrist, did mean ol' Jim Galloway force the Chipster to suddenly quit the state Senate?

CNY
CNY

@The_Centrist Those of us who believe in government for the people will also be disappointed. By the way, GA Tech doesn't offer an Economics degree. I too went to Tech.


Though I guess having a closet full of skeletons never bothered  Deal. From top to bottom, Ga has to have the worst politicians in the nation.  

Lynn43
Lynn43

@The_Centrist  Centrist, You must be Chip Rogers.  I've thought maybe you were one of Deal's spoke persons, but you "take up" too much for this crook and disgrace to Georgia.

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

Karen Handel says he is over-qualified to run for Governor.

Democrats love to hate him, even though his fellow Senators made him majority leader on top of his constituents who rejected both Democrats and fellow Republicans who ran against him.  So much fun to watch the AJC and leftist posters get so wrapped around the axle over it.



td1234
td1234

@honested @td1234  $1 trillion a year in means tested programs to pay for the Democratic vote and you actually have the gonads to try to talk about business wanting advantages. 


Wow are you that delusional bedwetting ed?

Wascatlady
Wascatlady

And how much did the additional election cost the taxpayers?

anothercomment
anothercomment

I have seen one at work that forged a Ga Tech Transcript and lied about her claimed degree. HR finally caught her when they belated did the official background check. The HR generalists at that time were just asking for copies of Transcripts, not thinking that people would forge them. But then when their office finally got completing the background check, they found out the transcript with the degree was false. She never took many of the classes, grades were changed on the ones she did and she was not awarded a degree. Maybe since this fine scum bag, loan fraud expert, is claiming a degree that didn't exist, he is doing the same thing.

Our HR, only took Direct sent, certified transcripts, after that. I also, learned to call, and verify attendance and graduation with registrar of every potential hire I or my staff made before it got to HR.

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

@CNY- If you don't think Rogers got a degree in economics from GA Tech, take it up with Wikipedia and its sources (maybe a certificate is different than a degree?):

Biography Education

Rogers graduated from North Gwinnett High School in 1986 and from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a certificate in Economics in 1991.[6] He then attended the Georgia State University's J. Mack Robinson College of Business, graduating with an MBA.[6][7]

6. "Senator Chip Rogers, Senate District 21" . Georgia State Senate. Retrieved 2011-07-09. 

7. "Project Vote Smart – Senator Chip Rogers – Biography" . Votesmart.org. Retrieved 2010-09-05.


The footnoted sources refer to a B.S. degree.

Bernie31
Bernie31

@The_Centrist You mean the QUEEN of GED's...Queen Karen, Prides her self in Being UN-EDUCATED. 

I think UGA, EMORY, and or GEORGIA TECH, should make Karen Handel their Next Graduation Commencement Speaker. 

The title of her speech..."LOOK AT ME!"

DannyX
DannyX

@The_Centrist, if you political hero is so great why in the hell did he quit the state Senate?

Wascatlady
Wascatlady

What is kinda funny is that these Asian businessmen hired him when he has shown disdain for anyone who does not look like him! Don't turn your back, fellas!

Wascatlady
Wascatlady

Sorta funny he has that rep with you out of soaking the taxpayers for $2m in addition to his other teat sucking lifestyle choices!

JohnBoy10
JohnBoy10

@td1234 @RightistOnLeftOfCentrist 

nothing....as long as it is not at the expense of the public! You are the most ignorant of the ignoramus's. You would stick up for Deal and his cronies even if he droped his trousers and took a dump on his desk... 

HarryCrews
HarryCrews

@RightistOnLeftOfCentrist @td1234


The 'probation bill' will be signed, Deal's family is in the private 'recovery' and probation business. I can't understand why no major news outlets have investigated the correlation between the Deal family interests in this growing business and his pushing of laws that benefit it.

td1234
td1234

@RightistOnLeftOfCentrist  To add an addition point just look at how unions brought in all those people from out of state in Wis and Ohio when the people of those states wanted changes. 

td1234
td1234

@RightistOnLeftOfCentrist And national unions build even more money (out of state) to influence state and local legislation in the same manner (this is where ALEC got the ideas from). The same happens with the Sierra club, NOW and many other organizations. 


If you want to say they are all bad and should not happen then we could find some kind of place for agreement but to single out just ALEC is not only unfair but narrowly looking at what happens in state and local legislatures. 

RightistOnLeftOfCentrist
RightistOnLeftOfCentrist

@td1234  

No its a bit different since the ALEC meetings are out of state and therefore there is no limit to the spending including AT&T's 100K for one luncheon alone. The same meeting where the drafts for the cell tower legislation was handed out to the attendees. Even on the money that is over the table some of these guys build million dollar campaign funds from these companies. Are you that gullible? Or is it that as long as they call themselves a Conservative then whatever they do is alright by you? 

td1234
td1234

@RightistOnLeftOfCentrist Yes, corporations lobby their legislatures for favorable legislation. Why shouldn't they? This is no better or no worse than me going to my legislature this morning and asking her to support modification to zero tolerance to put common sense back in the process. 

RightistOnLeftOfCentrist
RightistOnLeftOfCentrist

@td1234  

When it is trampling on individual rights and liberties along with local community's determination of their own fate which conservatives give lip service to. 

For example: Cell towers anywhere AT&T wanted them regardless of local zoning. (Didn't pass)

Private probation companies being able to assess their own "fees" to misdemeanor probationers without any oversight from the press or public including having the power to throw you back in jail for not paying their fees.  (awaiting Deal's signature). 

  

anothercomment
anothercomment

What is ironic then he is Lobbying for all the Patel's who want to keep their meth motels as free of regulation as possible. I am sure they want him to ensure they can continue to not have to check the illegals they have working for their motels.

anothercomment
anothercomment

Industrial Management is the athletes degree at Tech. It is even lower than Industrial engineering aka Imaginary Engineering, where those that can't handle the real Engineering and Architecture Programs end up.

Rogers is not in that .01%. Ask one of Us with a real engineering degree or two about IE's or IM. How can you string out what the rest of learn in one course or 2-3 4 day continuing ed classes into a degree.

AuntieChrist
AuntieChrist

@The_Centrist so I'll simply add you to my list of AJC partisans who I will ignore and become indifferent towards.

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Oh the horror!! CNY will  be simply devastated to find he has been banished from dah centrist's list of approved commenters!. And, he is going to be indifferent toward CNY! Have you no mercy, man, that you would inflict the sting of your indifference on CNY  What if he grovels at your feet, and begs forgiveness? Will you again read his comments? Will you? Please please please.

DewieCheatem_n_Howe
DewieCheatem_n_Howe

@The_Centrist  

Anyone who disagrees with you is a partisan. Just like the sock puppet you keeps calling Jim Galloway a partisan hack. We have already seen you defend Tea Party types that are beyond defending while all the while calling yourself a "Centrist". What is that but partisan?  While claiming family value BS Chip Rogers worked in the illegal gambling industry. He didn't pay back a loan for his Meth Motel and contributed to the failure of a local bank, requiring a taxpayer bailout. The local governments then had to pay to clean up the mess. This is a fiscal conservative?  Deal found him an embarrassment and got him to quit the Senate in lieu of a do-nothing job and harm GPB in the process. Win-Win, right?  Of course, then the taxpayers got to pay for a special election too. He is the worst kind of politician and unfortunately in Georgia he is not alone. 

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

Partisans who split hairs over terminology like an Economics certificate vs. B.S. degree, like that somehow negates both his GA Tech degree and GA State MBA is not worthy of any more discussion - so I'll simply add you to my list of AJC partisans who I will ignore and become indifferent towards.  I prefer to deal with reality instead of political wishes.  

CNY
CNY

@td1234 @CNY I didn't say he didn't have a bachelor's degree. I said it wasn't in Economics. Read what I write not what you think.


DewieCheatem_n_Howe
DewieCheatem_n_Howe

@td1234 @CNY 

He didn't say that he didn't have a bachelor's degree from Tech. He simply stated that it could not be an "Economics" degree. You obviously have a reading comprehension problem as well. I also went to Tech and would guess his degree is in Industrial Management. When I went there in the Stone Age that was the degree given when you couldn't hack Engineering or Architecture. I'm still proud of 99.9% of people that can hack it at Tech anyway, Mr. Rogers falls in the the 0.1%.  

td1234
td1234

@CNY There is one thing for sure and that is Georgia state or any other college will not let you get into the masters program and you can not receive a masters degree without first receiving a bachelor's degree so if he did not get his bachelor's from GT then were did he get it from? 

CNY
CNY

@The_Centrist maybe you're not aware that anybody can submit a Wikipedia entry. It's low information voters like you that elect the unsavory representatives that we have. EDUCATE yourself! We do indeed need a test prior to letting anybody vote. Maybe we can weed out the chaff.


and yes, a certificate is different than a degree, geez

The-Centrist
The-Centrist

This is a scum sock puppet regressive who copies my screen name and also posts under the SmartAleck screen name.

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  1. […] That action, which Rogers confirmed, led to his split with the station. The former state Senate Majority Leader, who once called the GPB gig (which had a taxpayer-funded salary of $150,000) a “dream job,” told us in a statement over the weekend that he was focused on the future. […]