Dennis O’Hayer has a long-form interview with Chip Rogers on the day he departed the State Senate.
Jon Gilooly with the Marietta Daily Journal also spoke with the outgoing Senate Majority Leader:
Q: Why are you resigning?
A: It was kind of a two-part process. I decided to not seek re-election as majority leader actually the day before we went to our caucus meeting, which would have been two or three weeks ago, and then it was kind of over the Thanksgiving time period spending time with my wife and kids, my in-laws and my parents, and you do a lot of soul-searching and kind of felt that everything hit at the right time.
Q: Was it because you are no longer majority leader?
Q: For years, politicos spoke of you as one of the rising stars in the Republican Party who would go on to seek higher office, which is why I don’t understand this decision.
A: When I first got elected I had a 2-year-old and a 1-year-old, and as a parent you can only picture the time on where you’re at — everyone can tell you about it, but you can’t really understand it until you get there. And so I had a 2-year-old and a 1-year-old, and now I have a 13-year-old and a 12-year-old, and a 9-year-old and 7-year-old. It has nagged me for a few years now how many times I’ve had to say, ‘no, I can’t do that, I can’t be here,’ and the times I am there you’re not mentally there, you’re answering phone calls and things like that, and I guess every parent feels this at certain times in their life. You have one shot, and that window slowly but surely closes.
And for me, having been presented with this opportunity to get back into a field that I love, which is broadcasting, while at the same time being able to be at home a lot more often, it was just something I couldn’t pass up. I had accomplished a lot here, especially with the passage of this charter amendment that I helped sponsor, that was a big victory for me.