Harbin breaks the silence

Porker-in-chief Ben Harbin apologized to constituents for his year-old DUI charge:

State Rep. Ben Harbin, in a form letter mailed to constituents Saturday, apologized for not discussing his still-unresolved May 2007 drunken driving charge but stopped short of offering any new details as to what happened.

“It was not my intention to talk about this matter publicly until the legal issues were settled, but I felt you were entitled to hear about this directly from me,” the Columbia County Republican wrote.
He chose instead to stay silent to “allow the legal process to run its course” and avoid any appearance of trying to manipulate the case.

“Well, they say hindsight is 20/20, and unfortunately, I made the wrong choice,” he wrote. “Here we are a year later, and the legal process has yet to be finished.”
“It is crazy to think that I would put myself, moreover, my family, under this dark cloud for an entire year by choice,” he wrote. “I have always accepted responsibility for my actions, and this issue is no different.”

He said he remains eager to settle the matter in court.

“You are entitled to straight answers from those who represent you, and I apologize if the legal process in this case has created the appearance that I have not been completely forthcoming,” he wrote. “I wish that I had chosen differently from the beginning.”


  1. Lee Benedict says:

    What you may or may not know is that Harbin’s people conducted a poll before the letter was sent out. The letter is not dated or signed by the way. If the letter came out a year ago, I/we could “buy it”. But coming after a poll and a month before the primary, one must question the sincerity

  2. Dave Bearse says:

    “It is crazy to think that I would put myself, moreover, my family, under this dark cloud for an entire year by choice”.

    And he continues to “[create] the appearance that [he} hase not been completely forthcoming”, it being well-established that the longer this type of case drags on the better the his likely outcome.

  3. LoyaltyIsMyHonor says:

    UM…is he still married?

    Because at the recent Chamber get-together, he sure didn’t act like it.

  4. SpaceyG says:

    It’s been a year already? We really are running low on Georgia Legislature scandal since then. Somebody… be bad. Please!

  5. dudelove says:

    You’ve got Ron Sailor, Al Williams, and who knows how many other legislators being investigated by the FBI for bribery. What more do you want?

  6. LoyaltyIsMyHonor says:

    Glenn has given us some good entertainment…
    and don’t forget that “unnamed legislator” who caught our attenetion that one day in Feb/Mar supposedly being caught red-handed in his office with a female staff/intern

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