Bubba McDonald on Tom Murphy, Reflections on Georgia Politics
From Russell Library
Bubba McDonald was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1971. He served on various committees throughout his political career, including his five-year chairmanship of the Industry Committee and, later, the Appropriations Committee. Governor Zell Miller appointed McDonald to the Public Service Commission (PSC) in 1998, and McDonald was elected to the PSC again in 2008. In this interview, McDonald discusses Tom Murphy, Speaker of the House for Georgia from 1973 to 2002. He addresses Murphy's strong independence from the power of the governor, his emphasis on fiscal responsibility, and his fiery temperament. McDonald also covers Murphy's similarities to and conflicts with Zell Miller, his support for the city of Atlanta, and the reasons for his lack of success running in his own district.
For more information, see the Russell Library finding aid for this interview.