Lee Parks says it none of your business:
Parks maintains that the question is none of Baker’s business, since Dozier won’t be asking Baker to pay his legal fees, and that it’s protected by attorney-client privilege. He also said the fee question is a red herring, an irrelevant distraction to the main contention in the case, which is that Baker doesn’t live where state law requires him to live.
Baker’s attorney, Robert Highsmith, said the question of who besides Dozier is paying is a matter of public interest in a case that could unseat a commissioner known for ticking off utility interests and making enemies even within his own Republican Party.
“The public that has re-elected Bobby overwhelmingly three times now should know what if any party is operating in the wings,” said Highsmith.
“We strongly suspect that someone who is dissatisfied with Commissioner Baker’s approach to protecting the consumer is behind this,” Highsmith said, but he wouldn’t say whether he suspects that someone comes from a regulated utility, Baker’s political foes, both or neither.
When asked this week, the two biggest utilities in the state, Atlanta Gas Light and Georgia Power, emphatically said they were not involved in the case.
Dozier is an energy consultant. He lost to Baker in the Republican primary in 2004 and filed a series of ethics complaints against him in the ensuing months, all dismissed.
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