So apparently Mark Burkhalter decided that since he was speaker for a whopping 11 days, it would be a good idea to pack as many of his friends as he could into state committees before he jets off to London to do God knows what to HRM’s economy.
One of the supporters is Robert Proctor,
a proctologist an Atlanta lawyer. He was appointed to the State Ethics Commission.
Given the ethical challenges the GOP has had of late, you’d think Mr. Burkhalter would make sure that his choice was above reproach.
Oh wait, this is the sleep-with-whomever old guard we’re talking about.
Mr. Proctor was fined by the State Ethics Commission and ordered to register as a lobbyist six years ago.
Six years ago? I’m sure it was an oversight that Mr. Proctor cleaned up right?
“Robert Proctor, an Atlanta lawyer appointed to the board last month, said he has known about the order for years, but he was never properly served notice by the commission.
“An order that is never served on the other party is not an order,” he said.
The odd case seems to have arisen from bungling by the state government’s watchdog. With Proctor’s appointment, the state now has a commission board member disregarding an order from the very panel on which he now serves. And no one seems to know what to do about it.
Proctor says the case will likely remain in limbo.
“It’s just going to sit there,” he said. “I have no intention of doing anything about it.”