Balfour out?

We’re getting reports in tonight that State Sen. Don Balfour is not running for Congress in GA-7 and will not seek re-election to the legislature.

Stay tuned for updates.

[UPDATE] Galloway has the press release.

93 comments

    • B Balz says:

      I doubt that! Maybe I am wrong, but I simply cannot believe Rep. Balfour would engage in such duplicity.

      BTW, here is a question:

      “Is it morally wrong to go to a place like the Cheetah? If a group of guys decide to go there, and their wives are good with it, what’s your point?”

        • LoyaltyIsMyHonor says:

          The Cheetah? Oh the horror!

          I bet you’d vote for him if he frequented Swinging Richards.

          • B Balz says:

            Great band though!

            Those ‘in the know’ called ’em the Swingin’ Dicks and they were hotter’n tar in the day.

            Epic Moment: The day the Swinging Richards made PP.

            Who knew!

        • kyleinatl says:

          jeez Beav, I bet you think we should all get married before we cohabitate as well, and then have seperate beds…in the same room!!!

          • B Balz says:

            The reason I asked is that occasionally, in the course of business, some people want to meet at a place like Cheetah. Does one say, “Gosh no, Wally.” Or does one go with the flow? Interesting moral dilemmas like this happen all the time in business, and politics.

            That one is judged for doing so speaks volumes, but holds no surprises.

            • ByteMe says:

              I’ve eaten “calf fries” and gone to places much lower class than the Cheetah (we all wanted to tell the girls, “Please. Put your clothes back on.”) all because a client insisted. Such is life in business when you want to please the crazy client with money.

            • Chris says:

              Unless you’re meeting with the Gov, LG or a federal office holder, Senate Rules Chairman out ranks everyone in the room. If Balfour didn’t want to go to the Cheetah, the group wouldn’t go to the Cheetah.

          • Bill Greene says:

            No, Kyle, why would I think married couples should have “seperate” [sic] beds in the same room?

            And Loyalty – I Googled “Swinging Richards” and my resonse is, no, I wouldn’t. But is that what decides your vote? :/

            • kyleinatl says:

              sigh, I can’t even make a joke without a darn typo…you got me once again Beav. Wanna go play catch?

              • AlanR says:

                Bill obviously doesn’t have a sense of humor or wasn’t paying attention like he should to reruns. From here forward in this thread, Bill can be Lumpy.

            • Tyler says:

              “And Loyalty – I Googled “Swinging Richards” and my resonse [sic] is, no, I wouldn’t. But is that what decides your vote? :/”

              …seriously?

    • HowardRoark says:

      Heh. I don’t think that’s what got him (unlike Jim Cole who was infamous) but this is fishy as all hell. This guy has been after this seat for a loooooong time.

  1. Technocrat says:

    What a great way to clean out the state legislature. Maybe everyone will resign and run for some congressional district. Quickly!

  2. AlanR says:

    I’m always eager to believe the worst about our politicians, but when I saw in the release that Balfour has a son serving in Afghanistan I lost my zeal. There’s nothing that will get your feet back on the ground faster than a child in harm’s way.

    I wish him well.

    • Of course, we are all proud of his son and I am sure that this weighs heavily on his shoulders every minute of the day. However, career politicians, such as Don Balfour, don’t just throw away these types of opportunities.

      There is more to the story, however, since he chose to get out now and not further embarrass us, I could care less.

    • polisavvy says:

      Well, wow. Unfortunately this is not the last of the Republicans running for office who will have to face the same thing. At some point people need to realize that having dalliances is not the best course to take.

  3. Chris says:

    Ya’ll seem to think the only reason a politico would get out is a sex scandal. Problem is most politicans (Richardson, Foley, Sanford, Condit, Cagle) are too arrogant and full of themselves to think that having an affair or killing an intern would cause them to lose.

    I suspect Balfour’s motives for getting out were more above board than a sex scandal.

      • B Balz says:

        Really? Is that inside baseball or baseless rumor. I would expect the latter from some, but your persona doesn’t seem to fit. SPILL.

        • polisavvy says:

          I feel pretty confident that this is “inside baseball” based on the source of my information. I found out rather late last night that there is an affair and that a staffer is involved in this mess. The person that I found this information from has been around the political scene for many years and said that this was discovered a while back. Apparently someone else found out and threatened to go public with it; so, he dropped. I wonder what, if any, impact this will have on Johnson’s campaign. Balfour is a huge supporter and aided in fund raising.

      • ByteMe says:

        Interesting that your other comment got deep-sixed, Savvy. I was going to add a “say what?” to it and see if you had more details or just assumptions.

        • polisavvy says:

          See post to B Balz. Based on information received last night, and considering the source of the information, I feel as though there is no assumption — pretty good chance it’s factual.

        • HowardRoark says:

          Why does polisavvy’s comments keep getting taken down? If it’s out there, it should be open game. My gosh, censorship on a blog?? What the heck is the world coming to. How is Casey’s nonsense open game, but this isn’t?

          • Part-Time Atlanta says:

            We all no the stuff about Casey isn’t true. He just can’t tie his shoes. This is different. This has to do with someone the guy works with. Not that I’m implying anything.

          • ByteMe says:

            One of the PP front-pagers clearly likes Balfour more than they like the rumors about him and isn’t willing to announce himself or the rules so far. Such is life in a controlled environment.

                    • polisavvy says:

                      Oh, come on Byte, just because the hosts have awkward and comical moments does not mean that they, in any way, dumb me down. I am old and wise enough to hear the news, read the news, and then process and disseminate it myself. What, would you prefer that I catch all my unbiased reporting from MSNBC or CNN?

                    • polisavvy says:

                      Okay, I see. LOL!! 🙂 It certainly was crazy trying to post on here yesterday. I just gave up.

                    • ByteMe says:

                      Did you watch the clip? You really need to see how a woman who is obviously a incredibly smart has lowered herself to dumbest in her audience and taken the rest of her audience with her.

                    • polisavvy says:

                      Sorry, but I still watch it. I’m certainly not going to watch The Today Show or Good Morning America. I actually go between Morning Joe, Fox, and Imus. As far as dumb goes, well Contessa (sp?) from MSNBC certainly showed her ‘dumbness’ when she went on and on about the man in the audience with the gun at an Obama event. She preached about how white people want the President dead. When she finally viewed it, I guess she felt pretty dumb because it was a black man with the gun. All the stations have their moments of “dumbness.” No one station has the lock on it by no means.

                    • Gary Cooper says:

                      No she actually stayed with her original comment. Should have seen her twitter updates after that segment. This one guy kept calling her out about the fact that she only showed the clip that a person had a gun at the Obama or healthcare event, but didn’t show other parts of the video. She finally responded to him and said she didn’t doctor or fudge a thing. Some people never learn from their “dumbness”

                    • polisavvy says:

                      I didn’t refuse, Byte. I watched it! Yes, she sounded like a doofus; however, my point is that she is not the ONLY doofus that is on TV. All the stations have them. If you can’t see that, then you are just refusing to do so. Fox doesn’t have the lock, MSNBC doesn’t have the lock, CNN doesn’t have the lock, etc. — there’s plenty of “DUH” moments to go around.

                    • Mozart says:

                      Well, I didn’t know what a “DUH moment” meant, so I Googled it, and I still couldn’t find a definition…lots of so-called “examples” but no definition…ooh! I have to go bleach my brown roots! See ya!

                    • polisavvy says:

                      Haha, Mozart, but I’m brunette (with a touch of gray). Perhaps I should have called it a “Homer moment.” Would that work? 😉

  4. Andre says:

    I keep saying Buzz Brockway for Congress, and if I win the Peach Pundit March Madness pool, I am demanding that my prize be a Buzz Brockway congressional campaign.

    • B Balz says:

      Prayer for the Day:

      Dear Lord, in your Grace, we humbly pray that Ralph Reed exercises care and judgment and does not run for any political office, in any District. Thank you, Lord.

      • HowardRoark says:

        Hell, BBalz, maybe we just can’t do better. We try to stop the guy once and get Casey Cagle. We try to stop the guy twice and *almost* get Don Balfour (and we can only hope his issues hit the light of day). Damned if we do, and damned if we don’t. At least Reed’s garbage is in a bright red sign right over his head.

        This year has been wild already. What the heck is going to go down once the campaigns get in full swing?

  5. HowardRoark says:

    WHAT THE HECK IS GOING ON HERE?!?! Comments are disappearing around here like blondes at a magic show!

  6. CapitalBride says:

    Fishtail, some of us know who you are and that you are back stabbing and rumor promulgating creepy person. Are bitter because you can’t manage to keep a job within 500 yards of the Capitol or a political campaign?

    • GOPGeorgia says:

      Interesting. I have no love for fishtail, but haven’t given much thought as to true her or her identity.

    • GOPGeorgia says:

      Interesting. I have no love for fishtail, but I haven’t given much thought as to her or her true identity.

  7. ByteMe says:

    You missed my point. I’m not saying she’s a doofus. I’m saying she’s a contrived doofus and is insulting any intelligence her audience might have by talking down to them as though that was her level of thinking.

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