So… who is on the short list for State Revenue Commissioner?

December 15, 2010 18:11 pm

by Obi's Sister · 7 comments

State Revenue Commissioner Bart Graham is not being retained by the incoming Nathan Deal administration.

Gee, I wonder why? AJC:

Graham has been one of the state’s most aggressive revenue commissioners in decades, publicizing the names of tax offenders and vigorously going after tax cheats in court. His style made him enemies in the General Assembly, and he even had his name raised in debates by gubernatorial candidates who vowed to can him.

Deal had extra incentive to go after Graham because of their dispute over the governor-elect’s business dealings.

Deal and Ken Cronan operate a salvage yard in Gainesville that for nearly 20 years enjoyed a no-bid agreement with the state to provide space for inspections of rebuilt vehicles. The AJC reported in August 2009 that Deal intervened with Graham and other state leaders to stop Graham from changing the program that earned Deal and Cronan’s company nearly $300,000 a year. Deal said he was worried the changes would lead to more unsafe cars on Georgia roads.

The newspaper’s report led to a congressional ethics investigation that found Deal possibly violated U.S. House rules. Deal resigned from Congress in March before any formal accusation was made.

A federal grand jury later subpoenaed records and testimony from Graham about the meetings with the congressman, a top staffer and state officials. Deal told reporters he was not the target of a federal probe into the case.

fishtail December 15, 2010 at 8:06 pm

Maybe Lynn Westmorland has another relative in need of a job.

Progressive Dem December 15, 2010 at 11:09 pm

That department is by far the worst managed state agency. Ask any accountant. They are a nightmare of incompetance.

Harry December 15, 2010 at 11:20 pm

Have to agree.

B Balz December 16, 2010 at 6:28 am

In the spirit of the Holidays, and that I try to be charitable around hear – Bart reaps what he sows.

Best luck in the private sector, elsewhere than GA.

macho December 16, 2010 at 7:12 am

I’m pleasantly surprised for Deal that the press hasn’t made a bigger deal out of this from a “firing the whistle blower” standpoint.

fishtail December 16, 2010 at 10:12 am

Bart is telling folks that he may be placed elsewhere in State government, away from sight. Some place like GA State, where he could be kept under control and muzzled. Smart Machiavellian strategy.

B Balz December 16, 2010 at 10:37 am

Oh Puh-leeze not GA State.

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