…and talks with Georgia Daily Digest’s Randy Lewis:
Ms. Abraham, an engineer who led the Georgia Building Authority, had been praised as someone who could bring change to an agency that had suffered for decades under mismanagement, corruption and political pandering.
“On the scandal meter, this doesn’t make my needle stand up too much,” said Randy Lewis, a political analyst who runs the Web site GeorgiaPoliticalDigest.com. “Because it’s nothing compared to the rest of the sludge at D.O.T. and what has to be done there.”
Ms. Abraham has been struggling with a budget that may be billions of dollars in the red and a culture that has been tolerant of employee abuses of department credit cards, theft and sexual harassment. When she took the helm, she held news conferences reporting that staff members had been unable to tell her how many projects were on the department’s books, what they cost or what their status was.
“I was very hopeful for Gena Abraham, and I still am,” Mr. Lewis said. “It won’t be easy for her to come out of this, but before everyone found out she was falling in love with the chairman of the board, it wasn’t going to be easy either.”
But others believe that Ms. Abraham’s days at the department may be numbered.
“It’s another cloud, another black eye, another headline for the department when we certainly don’t need another headline,” Mr. Doss said.