I received this via email from the Hudgens campaign.
Ralph Hudgens on the Ethics Issue
“Within one hour of the issue being brought to my attention it was resolved and the extra reports were filed as required. Some of my opponents are living in glass houses- two of my opponents Maria Sheffield and Seth Harp have ethical issues of their own. Harp has received illegal contributions from regulated entities which he failed to return for six months. And Maria Sheffield, an attorney – someone who you would think would know something about law, is using the state seal in campaign material blatantly breaking the law. She was also late in filing her personal financial disclosure. They should get their own house in order before throwing stones. I have focused my efforts on stopping Obama Care and protecting insurance consumers.”
Submitted by Blake Aued on Tue, 07/13/2010 – 4:24pm.
Taking Up for Ralph Hudgens
A good rule of thumb to remember in politics is whoever’s under attack is probably winning.
Candidates for insurance commissioner have been coming after state Sen. Ralph Hudgens, R-Hull, for a long time. Just today, state Sen. Seth Harp, R-Midland, issued a news release accusing Hudgens of failing to return $106,000 that he illegally transferred from his state Senate campaign account to fund his run for insurance commissioner.
“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.”
There’s only one problem with Harp’s accusation: It’s not true. Hudgens filed amended campaign finance disclosures June 30 showing that did put the money back where it belongs.