BLOODBATH AT GEORGIA NATIONAL GUARD
GOV. NATHAN DEAL FIRES GEN. TERRY NESBITT
APPOINTS STATE SENATOR AND FORMER
CAPTAIN JIM BUTTERWORTH AS NEW T.A.G.
NESBITT CANS "GOOD GUY" GEN. LARRY DUDNEY
RETIRED LT COL JOE JARROD, SON OF GOV'S
FORMER LAW PARTNER, GETS DEPUTY ADJUTANT
GENERAL SLOT - MAJ GEN MARIA BRITT RESIGNS
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"To the victor, belongs the spoils." Such is the case down in the Peachtree state, where Gov. Nathan Deal has fired the top leadership of the Georgia National Guard and replaced them with political loyalists.
The Democrats do this when they gain the governorship, and likewise the Republicans, when they assume power. Right now, it's the GOP's turn to call the shots.
Few will miss the arrogant Adjutant Gen. Terry Nesbitt, especially after he viciously fired a man whose boots he isn't fit to shine - those of Gen. Larry Dudney.
But the man chosen to replace Nesbitt has raised a few eyebrows.
STATE SENATOR TO BE NEW ADJUTANT GENERAL
Nathan Deal has tapped State Sen. Jim Butterworth, a former captain, who resigned in 2002 after refusing to be a guinea pig for the forced anthrax shots, for the top job. Regulations bar non-field grade officers from being considered for the TAG position, so the Republican legislator will enter the Georgia Militia, be promoted to major, and then jumped up to two-star rank.
The new deputy adjutant general is a retired light colonel, well-respected and with combat experience. But Joe Jarrard is also the son of Gov. Deal's former law partner, so observers in Atlanta are screaming "politics."
Well, what else is new?
THE "FAT MAN" RUINED JERSEY GUARD
One of the worst state Guards in the nation was in New Jersey when (1982-90) a fat, little megalomaniac named Francis R, Gerard ruled the roost.
He was short, squat, had three chins, with a long, unlit cigar hanging out of his mouth in a pathetic attempt to be viewed as another Gen. Curtis LeMay. His chief flunkie was a sycophant named "Corky" Lowe. He was hated almost as much as the general.
And with good reason.
Gerard was brutal and "political" to the core. Tall, physically fit colonels and brigadier generals infuriated him. Also, anyone who refused to kiss his ample behind.
One general in particular was a perceived threat - the handsome, highly-regarded BG Peter Genovese Jr., (co-founder of this web site).
For the full story on how Gerard tried to destroy Genovese's career, look below to the RSB (related stories box). There, you will see what a pygmy the Pillsbury dough man was, when he sought to harm those who towered over him in intellect and honor.
NATIONAL GUARD NEEDS REFORM
What just happened in the Georgia Guard, and has many times across the nation whenever the governorship exchanges hands between the Democrats and Republicans, will continue into the forseeable future.
Dumping and firing perfectly good officers in exchange for political cronies is wrong, but sadly, it's a fact of life.
As long as state governors can fill political patronage jobs with qualified or (more often than not) unqualified officers, the National Guard will be the loser. And also, the American people.