Ben Harbin

I have been gone most of the day, and then had the power go out for a number of hours this afternoon, but wanted to link to this article with more details about Rep. Harbin’s DUI arrest. As several people have noted, Rep. Harbin was responsible for stiffening a number of DUI laws.

“Obviously, I would like to express regret over my accident on Sunday,” Harbin said in a statement issued through House Speaker Glenn Richardson’s office. “But I would also like to express my gratitude for the overwhelming support and concern I’ve received from my family and friends. I am thankful to God that I was not injured, and I pledge to continue my public service to my district and the people of Georgia.”

Meanwhile, Harbin was honored Tuesday by James magazine, which gave him its “Legislator of the Year” award.

Matt Towery, the magazine’s publisher, said the decision to give Harbin the award was made three months ago and was published in the March issue of the magazine. Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and House Speaker Pro Tem Mark Burkhalter, R-Alpharetta, were also honored.


  1. Jas says:

    Enjoy the power outages in Macon, Erick. I lived through them for 23 years. I remember being so excited every summer for the MLB All Star Game as a kid and then bam…every….single…year…the power knocked out during the game or right before. It’s the one thing I haven’t missed since moving to the city-state of Atlanta. I’ve learned being on the same grid as a major hospital doesn’t hurt either.

  2. Rpolitic says:

    Ok here is my problem, in the police report Harbin looked (cough, cough) at the floor of the car and then looked up to see a pedestrian and swerved to miss him. Then in the release from the Speaker’s office he talks about being thankful he, Harbin was not hurt. What about the pedestrian? What about others who may have been in the area? What if he had gone left instead of right off the road and went into the Standard Restaurant? but he continues to say he plans to serve his constituents. I think his quote says who he really intends on continuing to serve.

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