It’s Jim Walls fault Georgia received a “F” and 50th out of 50 ranking on a recent ethics comparison of states. That’s the message that came clearly out of the Georgia General Assembly and through surrogates such as Rick Thompson, former Executive Secretary of the State Ethics Commission.
Walls has a lengthy and detailed response posted today at his Atlanta Unfiltered website. I strongly encourage you to read it, and then share it. Share it with your non-political friends. Insist that your media friends brush up on this story. It needs to be heard from now until July, and then November if necessary. The legislature needs to understand this message clearly when they return in January. There need to be fewer incumbents to accomplish this.
One of the biggest public critics of Wall’s work is House Ethics Committee Joe Wilkerson (R-Denial). He told the AJC that our ethics laws are fine, we have transparency, and Walls is a “blogger” not an expert. Wilkerson was one of the conference committee members who tried to take transparency in ethics away from Georgians last night via a conference amendment to a bill on hunting and fishing licenses. He can no longer be viewed as an honest broker on ethics. Period.
There will be a lot more to say about ethics on this site in the days and weeks ahead. Again, I encourage you to start educating your friends and neighbors on the topic. It isn’t pretty, but is a responsibility of self government.