True, the GBI report into Don Balfour’s expenses has been completed for quite some time. And it’s true that Balfour received a censure from his peers over some ridiculous charges that he felt we the taxpayers needed to pay. And, as noted by Senator McKoon in the story above both when the investigation began and now, there needs to be a resolution here and it should be swift.
Justice, unfortunately, doesn’t always work swiftly. There are issues – some legal and some perceived – that complicate matters when an elected official is at the center. Word around the capitol during the session was that Balfour could not be interviewed during session under the same code section that let’s legislators drive 100 miles per hour on gold dome days.
It has, however, been about 2 months since General Assembly festivities ended, and a decision on how or if to proceed from the Attorney General should be near.
Which leaves us with the ever present situation of “optics”. Last week, Governor Nathan Deal placed the fate of indicted State Representative Tyrone Brooks into the hands of the top two Democrats in the General Assembly. The implication is that Democrats will get to administer justice to one of their own.
And yet, we are left with a case of incomplete justice for someone who was once the most powerful man in the State Senate. A man who clearly by the available paper trail alone is shown to have abused his power for personal gain. This is the man who once called for harsher punishment of Democrat Ralph David Abernathy III when he was facing a very similar problem.
How are Republicans planning to resolve this very Republican problem? Justice needs to come swiftly lest the charge of hypocrisy be allowed to permeate the summer air.