Two Georgia House lawmakers take aim at Speaker's top aide

A screen-shot of WXIA's coverage of the profanity-laced video.

Credit: Greg Bluestein

Credit: Greg Bluestein

A screen-shot of WXIA's coverage of the profanity-laced video.

The feud between Georgia GOP political director Brad Hughes and House Speaker David Ralston's top aide has worsened.

We told you last week about the tirade Spiro Amburn unleashed at Hughes at the Georgia GOP victory party over what Hughes called a misunderstanding. Two Republican House lawmakers, among a cadre who regularly oppose Ralston, are now targeting Amburn for what they call inappropriate behavior.

First, there was this post from state Rep. John Pezold, R-Columbus:

Last week many of you heard about Spiro Amburn's f-bomb laced temper tantrum aimed at Brad Hughes at the GOP victory...

Posted by John Pezold on Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Ralston spokesman Kaleb McMichen referenced a part of the parking policy that restricts House lawmakers from letting an "unauthorized" person use a parking space or permit.

"The Speaker's Office has many responsibilities including ensuring the safety and security of House members and staff with the assistance of the Department of Public Safety," McMichen said. "On Monday, a suspicious vehicle was reported to our office and we, in turn, notified DPS personnel.  While no member has contacted our office on this matter, we are happy to review parking policies or answer questions for members."

Shortly after this post was published in the Jolt, state Rep. Kevin Cooke sent over a lengthy - and harsh - statement. Here are his full remarks:

Let's call this what it is- another example of an unelected staff member from the Speaker's office embarrassing the caucus by causing issues for elected officials and unelected Georgians alike. Obviously it's become a common occurrence for these people to lash out at members of the State House, members of the State Senate and Party leadership. It's time for a change!"