Atlanta Tea Party co-founder Debbie Dooley has been notified by the Georgia Senate that her complaint to the Senate against Senator Don Balfour has been dismissed as the committee claims it does not have jurisdiction. So there you have it, we as private citizens apparently can’t hold ourselves accountable other than at the ballot box.
That said, the letter to Dooley states that the Senate Ethics Committee has initiated its own investigation of Senator Balfour, which is ongoing. and going. and going.
It is not anticipated that the Senate Ethics Committee will meet again before Senator Balfour unleashes his three quarter million dollar re-election warchest to retain his $17,000 job with a six-figure benefit package.
I’ll add that while this may look like a stall and dismiss (and it may very well be), those “close to the situation” continue to state that there are very real consequences ahead for Mr. Balfour. The fact that he chaired an audit committee over expense reports that is required by Georgia Law, yet no such committee appears to exist other than himself, does not bode well for his defense.