For some Georgia legislators, filing simple personal financial disclosures is just so hard

As of today, State Senators Valencia Seay (D-Riverdale) and Steve Thompson (D-Marietta) as well as State Representatives Bob Bryant (D-Garden City), Ron Dodson (D-Lake City), David Lucas (D-Macon), Quincy Murphy (D-Augusta), Jay Shaw (D-Lakeland) and Al Williams (D-Midway) have yet to file their personal financial disclosures for 2008 with the State Ethics Commission. Why? What is the conceivable delay in completing a simple, three page document and filing it with the Commission? If these legislators can’t even accomplish such a simple task as this, how can they handle the complex legislation that crosses their desk daily for their review and approval?

No explanations given, no excuses should be allowed. Oh, and did anyone notice which party they are all with? I’m sure it’s just a coincidence.


  1. Progressive Dem says:

    Right, the GOP is the only ethical party in Georgia. Go try and sell that arguement.

    The lack of reporting is inexcuseable. Rules without enforcement are obviously meaningless. Let’s pass some meaningful enforcement with the new ethics standards.

    • ByteMe says:

      For a certain type of person, this “reporting” is exactly what they want. It’s called “confirmation bias”.

      • Progressive Dem says:

        “Oh, and did anyone notice which party they are all with? I’m sure it’s just a coincidence.” That was an obvious attempt, albeit weak, to say Republicans were more ethical.

        • Ken in Eastman says:

          Obvious attempt, albeit weak, to change the thrust of the report. Oh come on, you knew that had to be coming.

          I suspect these are all legislators such as David Lucas who are in such safe districts that no scandal could get them out of their seats.

          If Macon will tolerate Elaine Lucas on the Macon City Council, then David Lucas could lead a neo-Nazi parade, naked, down Cherry St in Macon while proclaiming that he is Josef Stalin reincarnate while farting Dixie and still be re-elected by a landslide. Not that I suggest he do that, you understand, but he could.

  2. ByteMe says:

    I wonder if the point of this post is to create a false equivalence between all the Republican sex and bribery that have gone on under the Gold Dome… and a few out-of-power Democrats who didn’t file a disclosure form.

  3. GAModernWhig says:

    It takes time to hide stuff… And aparently it takes longer for the blues than the reds. You can read into that what you would like, maybe one side is better at hiding stuff maybe the other just has more to hide… In hide-and-go seek the seeker has to delay for the hiders to hide… boo! surpirse they are all corrupt…is anyone really surprised?

    • mitchmartin says:

      Actually someone should ask Roy Barnes what he thinks about John Edwards admitting that he fathered a child out of wedlock. This is the same guy that he thought should be the leader of the free world. Nice.

  4. Life and Liberty says:

    call the ethics office and request that they send you a complaint form.
    It’s really easy to file, is free, and *will* trigger an investigation.

      • Mad Dog says:

        Just don’t claim it’s common knowledge… that the papers haven’t been filed.

        Johnson might also make an argument that since no one can prove a negative, there’s no reason to investigate a claim that nothing was done.

      • polisavvy says:

        True. He is irrelevant. I just find it crazy that he would actually still be going forward with his pipe dream and not obey the laws.

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