ATLANTA -- State Rep. Nikki Randall is accusing one of her legislative colleagues of handing out her private e-mail address in an act that has made her “downright upset.”
“Twelve years and this has never happened,” she said. “We’ve got to do better than this by each other.”
Bibb County’s senior representative to the state Capitol says a deluge of e-mails from advocates of a certain bill are clogging up her private means of communication with her family.
It’s “the e-mail where my parents e-mail me when I’m in session and they need to say something important,” she said, adding that she erased a family e-mail in the confusion.
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She named no names and mentioned no bill in her speech.
However, she said she’s resisted the temptation to take all the personal phone numbers and addresses of all the co-signers of the bill and write them in every restroom wall in every MARTA station in Atlanta.
Randall has signed numerous bills this legislative session and is a top co-signer of six. She’s working on others that are not yet published.
And it’s known that negotiations have gone on longer than expected among Bibb’s eight legislators over the proposal to consolidate Macon and Bibb County governments.
Randall made the accusation and urged the perpetrator to call off the e-mails in a speech in front of the state House during the daily time reserved for legislators to speak on any topic.
“I welcome hearing from advocates,” said Randall. “If you e-mail me on my official legislative e-mail, you’ll get a response. I make sure of it.”
As for consolidation, in a written statement Thursday, Randall did not give any hints on a time frame for a bill, but wrote “I know that this has been a long process, but we feel that we owe it to our community to introduce a bill that is not only fair but constitutionally sound.”
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