Posted: 5:12 pm Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Clues over what led to Chip Rogers’ GPB departure 

By Greg Bluestein

Gov. Nathan Deal played matchmaker to arrange the hiring of Chip Rogers last year to a six-figure gig at Georgia Public Broadcasting. His office’s fingerprints were all over his departure, too.

Rogers, once one of the most influential Republicans in Georgia, parted ways with GPB last week. Emails obtained through an Open Records request hint at what precipitated the move.Chiprogers

Chris Riley, the governor’s chief of staff, said in an April 17 note he received an anonymous email at his personal account with a link that showed Rogers was also holding down an outside job as government affairs guru for the Asian American Hotel Owners Association.

“This is the flyer we discussed this am,” he said in an email sent to COO Bart Gobeil around 10 a.m. that morning. He added: “I am not sure of the validity of the information so it will need to be verified but I thought Teya should be made aware,” a reference to GPB president Teya Ryan.

It should be noted that his outside work was common knowledge in political circles. This July 2012 AJC story mentions Rogers’ role as the “public face” of the hotel group.

Deal spokesman Brian Robinson said in a statement that the governor’s office had no knowledge of Rogers’ work.

“We were unaware of outside employment and we acted immediately to inform GPB once we learned of it,” said Robinson.

Gobeil, who had an 8 a.m. call that morning with Ryan on his calendar, responded a few minutes later that he “brought this to her attention” and that she will “review and take immediate appropriate action.”

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.

“I enjoyed my time with GPB,” Rogers said in the 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.”

But the move may have been brewing for at least a month. Lawmakers in March redirected funds dedicated to GPB’s economic development television division to ventures that promote a “wide variety” of projects. The governor’s office often has a say in these late additions.

GPB still hasn’t returned calls seeking comment. But that aforementioned Rogers blog has been taken down.

30 comments
dewhit
dewhit

The political party does not matter in Georgia. Ethics are sorely lacking by all politicians here. 


This Chip Rogers episode isn't even the tip of the tip of the iceberg.


GPB is and has been a dumping spot for politically connected and dimwitted relatives of politico.


Maybe the Georgia DOT will finally be cracked open and examined. It reeks also. 

Baumer_1
Baumer_1

I can imagine there are a lot of hotel-owners associations out there that would like to hire Chip.


How many other people out there have figured out how to swindle a bank for loan money to renovate a hotel, pocket the cash and get away with it?!


That is a short list. 

JamVet
JamVet

In a state notorious for corruption, this is the dirtiest government we've ever had. But it won't matter. The imbeciles in this state would vote in Crooked Deal every four years from now to doomsday if they could...

juliainatlanta
juliainatlanta

these people won't extend unemployment benefits, consider raising the minimum wage, expanding medicaid, they'll cut food stamps programs in a heart beat, the list goes on...but boy, let the tax payers foot the bill for one high paying job after another for them and their cronies.  isn't this a great system or what?

DewieCheatem_n_Howe
DewieCheatem_n_Howe

It is pretty obvious that the Sheriff ordered him to stay out of town as part of the Deal and he didn't. He will be back like a bad penny now lobbying for more bad legislation on behalf of more groups that previously paid him to pass the bad legislation. The Circle of Life in Georgia politics.

crankee-yankee
crankee-yankee

Does no one see the ploy? 

"Deal ousts double-dipping former legislator!"

Just before the primary.

Trying to suck up some moderate votes by playing to his support of ethics in government.

What a joke.

Nice to see Chipper get screwed in the process though.

Live by the deal...

VolatileVoice
VolatileVoice

Poor ol Chipster. Thought one job wasn't enough, and while employed by state funded org, decides he can go and lobby the gubmint, too. He should have known better - and after ol Dealmaker got him a job -  he who lives by the Dealmaker dies by the Dealmaker.


td1234
td1234

All teachers and state employees had better pay close attention to this article. This is what Deal does to people that cross him. Teachers and state employees have crossed him on the insurance and if they do not finish him off in the primary then Deal WILL seek his revenge. 

Wascatlady
Wascatlady

How many blogs did he actually author? (at more than $10,000 per month?)

NOlongerRepublican
NOlongerRepublican

Another example of the shady Deal we have in the governor's office. Will Georgians pay attention?

TBS
TBS

Incompetence......

AvailableName
AvailableName

"It should be noted that his outside work was common knowledge in political circles. This July 2012 AJC story mentions Rogers’ role as the “public face” of the hotel group."


That doesn't count, you know the Governor nor anyone on his staff read(s) this paper.  Much.

GaTech_alum92
GaTech_alum92

I don't like the smell of this. Something is fishy.


A former state politician gets a $150K/yr do nothing job.  Then is suddenly ousted.  


Where there's smoke, there's fire....

NWGAL
NWGAL

Moonlighting with a public salary most folks would envy

honested
honested

What was 'his show'?


As an avid Public Broadcasting Consumer, I can't recall anything that even referred to him.


I just figured he was place holding to keep anything he knew about nathan quiet.

Kamchak
Kamchak

Chris Riley, the governor’s chief of staff, said in an April 17 note he received an anonymous email at his personal account with a link that showed Rogers was also holding down an outside job as government affairs guru for the Asian American Hotel Owners Association.

(It should be noted that his outside work was common knowledge in some political circles. This July 2012 AJC story mentions Rogers’ role as the “public face” of the trade group.)

So, it was OK as long as there wasn't any electronic proof that it was known.

honested
honested

@juliainatlanta  

Who ya' gonna' take care of?

The voters or your cronies?

After a dozen years of republican strangle hold, you'd think we'd be used to it.

Charles50
Charles50

@crankee-yankee  I was thinking the exact same thing.  Deal did this to passify people and possibly because word was going to get out and he wanted to pretend to care.  If it was known among political circles, how is it that the Guvnor's office didn't know?  

Charles50
Charles50

@td1234  Please get a life.  At this point I'm not sure there are a lot of Repubs who don't support this idiot.  Teachers and state employees see through all of the crap he's done, including the supposed raise that really isn't.  But if you're relying solely on them to defeat this clown then it aint gonna happen.  

Bernie31
Bernie31

@td1234 This is the Very First Truthful comment I have ever read from you.

JAWJA
JAWJA

@Wascatlady  Well, there was the one about the Hershey Bar Resume, the one about selling junk on line.....only 2 I recall.

Lynn43
Lynn43

@AvailableName  From the content of some of these blogs, I think some of these bloggers are "Deal".  Surely only "Deal" would write something good about "Deal".

Lynn43
Lynn43

@NWGAL  He had to earn extra money to send his children to fancy private schools so they would not have to mix with the "common" children.

td1234
td1234

@NWGAL  Really, if your his age and your household income in not over $100,000 a year then you did not take the necessary steps and work hard enough in your youth.  

dewhit
dewhit

@honested  


He always had a few opening recorded remarks on " Georgia Works " radio broadcast. 


He always touted the "new jobs"  and never mentioned the closing of the General Electric turbine plant and offices that will leave at the end of the year.   

GB101
GB101

@Wascatlady @Baumer_1  I am not defending Rogers or anyone, but I do not believe that taxpayers pick up the tab when banks fail.  The FDIC is an insurance program funded by premiums paid by member banks.  When banks fail the depositors are made whole, but the owners of the bank, the stockholders, get nothing.  

Baumer_1
Baumer_1

Classic capitalism. The rich get richer and stick the under-classes with the bills.

I just finished reading the appendices for Piketty's new book. Excellent work (sound logic and data collection, appropriate use and selection of methodology, and much more parsimonious than his predecessors) and very applicable to such situations.

Nothing will change. The right-wing is already not reading it and attacking the work for reasons they clearly don't understand. And, truth is, not one of those people are qualified to review it.

DS
DS

@Lynn43  I've often thought the same thing.