The Senate is usually a fairly close knit group…until two Senators want the same thing. Today, Seth Harp has called out his fellow Senator Ralph Hudgens to be “open and honest” and “abide by the law”. Harp would like Hudgens actions to match his rhetoric. From his press release:
(Columbus) – Senator Seth Harp (R-Midland) released a statement calling on Ralph Hudgens, one of his opponents in the Insurance Commissioner’s race to provide proof to voters that he has done the right thing in regards to Hudgens’ illegally transferred campaign funds that clearly violated Georgia law. Last spring, Hudgens improperly transferred over $100,000 from his State Senate account to his Insurance Commissioner’s campaign account.
Harp stated, “I’ve talked to Senator Hudgens multiple times, as have other Georgia leaders urging him to abide by the law. Each time he assured us the issue was being addressed. However, this problem has not been resolved and Senator Hudgens refuses to rectify it and acknowledge he has broken the law. With the election just over a week away, Georgia voters deserve to know the truth about his campaign funds. Georgia law requires campaign disclosures so voters can make informed decisions about who will lead this state. Now is the time for Senator Hudgens to come clean with the voters and return all of the money, as well as produce a copy of the consent order and a paper trail detailing the return of these illegally transferred funds.”
“The citizens of Georgia demand a Commissioner of Insurance who will run the Office with ethics, integrity and transparency. The State of Georgia will not tolerate another Insurance Commissioner plagued with ethical problems.”
The Ethics in Government Act outlines campaign disclosure law for candidates seeking public office in Georgia. Hudgens transferred funds from his State Senate campaign account into his Commissioner of Insurance campaign account in clear violation of the Act.
Senator Harp is a former Marine, having volunteered to serve in combat in Vietnam, and also a former J.A.G. prosecutor. Harp’s parents instilled in him a commitment to serve others and, regardless of whether you’ve been told to, to always “do the right thing.”
A resident of Muscogee County, Seth is married to Linda Collins Harp of Camilla, Georgia and they have two married daughters, Mary Rebecca Dick and Leslee Shannon (and three grandchildren). The Harps are members of Wynnton United Methodist Church in Columbus where they have taught Sunday school.