23 comments

  1. IndyInjun says:

    Until Sunday night, I had no idea that my state representative drove a car with an affinity for utility poles.

  2. The Comma Guy says:

    David Graves is a former representative from Bibb County.

    This is from the AJC story wherein he announced that he was not running for re-election:

    Graves, a 48-year-old pharmacist, had been on the rise in the new GOP-controlled House when it came out last summer that he had been arrested for drunken driving in both the regular 2004 and 2005 General Assembly sessions.

    He attracted even more attention when his defense in the 2005 DUI attempted to invoke a 1789 provision in the state Constitution that grants legislators immunity from arrest if they are in session or going to or from session.

    Graves claimed he was stopped at a police safety check in Cobb County in February 2005 while heading home from a dinner meeting where he and other committee chairmen were discussing pending bills and the agenda for the next legislative day. But in court, he said he couldn’t remember most of the people who were there, any specifics of what was discussed or who picked up the tab for the dinner.

    Prosecutors put Graves as part of a party of 13 that ran up a $1,256.72 bill at a Buckhead restaurant frequented by lawmakers, said Gary Jones, an assistant State Court solicitor in Cobb County.

    “A lot of people that heard [about the dinner] didn’t realize politicians live that high on the hog while the General Assembly’s in session,” Jones said. “It was shocking to me.”

    Cobb County State Court Judge Irma Glover rejected the immunity claim, and both the public and some of his fellow lawmakers criticized him for attempting to use it.

    In November, he was sentenced to a mix of jail time, home confinement and community service for the 2005 charge, as well as for running a red light and driving drunk in March 2004.

    At the time of his arrest in Cobb County, Graves was the chairman of the House Regulated Industries Committee, which has oversight over legislation governing the liquor industry.

  3. modcon says:

    I think saying that Ben Harbin has pulled a ‘David Graves’ is letting Ben off easy. Being arrested for DUI in Vinnings on the way home from Buckhead begs a far less interesting set of questions than does being arrested for DUI near Grant Park at 1:00 am.

    Ben ought to thank his lucky stars he was the only one in the car when hit the utility pole. If his wife was with him she might have been hurt.

  4. IndyInjun says:

    “If his wife was with him she might have been hurt.”

    No, then he would have been at HOME.

  5. Burdell says:

    If Rep. Harbin doesn’t get a longer jail sentence than Genarlow Wilson, the whole Legislature should be ashamed of itself.

    These people are destroying themselves, their Party, and their state, and the worst part is that they don’t seem to care.

    Makes me wonder how intoxicated Harbin was when he was drafting the state budget.

  6. Jason Pye says:

    If Rep. Harbin doesn’t get a longer jail sentence than Genarlow Wilson, the whole Legislature should be ashamed of itself.

    Beautiful.

  7. Booray says:

    Oh, I see – we should give him a longer sentence than a guy who took part in a gang-rape of an unconscious young girl.

    That makes perfect sense.

  8. Burdell says:

    Booray, Wilson was aquitted of rape. And the girl who initiated the oral sex was apparently quite conscious.

    So, yes, giving a drunk driver a longer sentence than a teenager who engaged in oral sex does indeed make perfect sense.

  9. Jason Pye says:

    What, if any, impact will this have on his Chairmanship?

    If the GOP wants to have any credibility, they must strip his chairmanship.

  10. Jace Walden says:

    I can’t wait until a Sunday Sales Bill comes to the House of Representatives. If we can’t trust legislators to make mature decisions regarding alcohol for themselves, then why in the hell would we ever trust them to make mature decisions regarding alcohol for us?

  11. rightofcenter says:

    Haven’t seen George Hook’s name mentioned. I seem to recall that he was stopped at about 8 in the morning a decade ago or so and registered like a .25 or something. Now that’s a night of partying.

  12. RuralDem says:

    rightofcenter,

    I am quite sure a number of legislators have had problems in the past. However, this is the present, and the question is not about George Hooks but about Ben Harbin.

    George Hooks is also one of the coolest legislators out there 🙂

    Next?

  13. SpaceyG says:

    I imagine Jesus will be much more forgiving than the Georgia GOP.

    Dude must have been either at Six Feet Under or at Lenny’s. You gotta be 25, really messed up on drugs and heavily tattooed to even get in Lenny’s though. And lobbyists are totally optional there.

    I blogged about the popularity of Six Feet Under on Memorial with legies and lobbyista earlier in the ’07 session on the SGR:

    http://spaceygreview.blogspot.com/2007/01/eat-your-laws.html

    Scary thing, they just opened another 6FU in my ‘hood.

  14. Icarus says:

    I tried to go to 6 feet Saturday Night. 1 1/2 hour wait for the roof. So I tried the new West Mid-town location. 3 hours for the roof. (Spacey must have been holding court.) So I ended up at Felini’s at Collier/Howell Mill. No wait, didn’t get to see SpaceyG, Didn’t see Ben Harbin. Good Pizza though.

  15. IndyInjun says:

    Ben Harbin is a good man who made a mistake.

    None of us are saints, exactly, and we must accept that our leaders are not either.

    He will apologize and we will move on, unless there are other developments and revelations.

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