Lawmaker files resolution urging Ralston's resignation

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More than a dozen lawmakers signed their names to a resolution filed Friday urging the Speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives to resign.

The move comes after media reports alleging Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, used his position to delay criminal cases against his law clients citing legislative conflicts. 

"I can't stay silent if something's being done right and especially when those victims are being hurt by our speaker who has abused his power," said state Rep. David Clark, R-Buford, who drafted House Resolution 328.

Ralston said he is thankful to those who have come to his defense, including Gov. Brian Kemp and former Gov. Nathan Deal.

"I think you know as people take a look at it and sort of sort through the fact from fiction, they kind of see what's there, but you know, if people want to drop a resolution, it's certainly a free country to do that," Ralston said. "We've got a lot of work to do and it's not about me. It's about getting the work done for the people of Georgia." 

The decision to sign on to a resolution like this one does not come lightly.  The Speaker of the House wields enormous power at the state Capitol, making committee assignments and designating leadership roles for House members. 

"Yeah. It could be political suicide, but it doesn't matter to me," said Rep. Clark. "I've [got to] do what's right. I want my wife to be proud of me and my daughter."