Activist group Better Georgia said on Tuesday it is calling on Gov. Nathan Deal (R) to fire the former state senator he allegedly steered toward a radio broadcasting job for not actually doing any programs since taking the position.
“Chip Rogers started his taxpayer-funded job 128 days, 18 hours, 3 minutes ago. But he hasn’t broadcast his new radio program once, much less weekly,” Better Georgia executive director Bryan Long said in a statement on the group’s website. “He’s already been paid more than $50,000 from the taxpayers’ pocket but hasn’t managed to do the one thing he was hired to do.”
Rogers, a former Republican senator, was appointed in December 2012 to helm a program on Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB) that would be “designed to facilitate coverage of economic development and jobs.” At the time, Deal denied installing Rogers in the position as a way to get him out of the state legislature.
During his lawmaking tenure, Rogers attracted criticism for convening a November 2012 state Republican Caucus meeting at the state capitol to discuss conspiracy theories involving “Agenda 21,” which posits a U.S. policy shift enabling a mind control-driven dictatorship led by the United Nations.
Better Georgia also released a series of video skits spoofing Rogers’ non-existent radio show, including one in which a fictional “Rogers” advises a caller about “Agenda 21.”
“You need to get on your computer and look it up,” “Rogers” tells the caller. “You see, Obama has a secret operation going where he has declared war on the suburbs. He wants everyone to move so he can collect the revenues from the suburbs and support the inner cities.”
“You don’t say,” the caller, “Doug,” responds.
“It’s a very real thing, Doug,” the faux host assures him. “And he’s using mind control to get what he wants.”
Rogers ran away from a local station, WSB-TV, when a reporter tried to ask him questions regarding the meeting. A former colleague, state Sen. Bill Heath (R) also ran and tried to hide behind office equipment when WSB wanted to ask him regarding statements accusing people who signed an online petition protesting Rogers’ hiring had been “conned.”
Watch Better Georgia’s “Agenda 21” skit, posted online by Better Georgia in March 2013, below.