Read this one for what it is. Georgia’s method for enforcing ethical behavior among it’s elected officials and those who lobby them no longer pretends to work. Greg Bluestein and Shannon McCaffrey report for the AJC:
The embattled state ethics commission has called a hastily-arranged meeting on Thursday where they will discuss whether to retain a receiver, which could mean an outsider takes control of all or parts of the agency’s operations.
The rest of the story deals with Deal, but this isn’t about him. This is about a broken ethics process. One that doesn’t work. And one that now, caught in its own circular trap of its own making, must now look at a receiver as an option to get out of its own built in, inherent conflicts.
There’s a legal state that is often associated with receivership: Bankruptcy.
Georgia’s process of managing ethics is Bankrupt. But bankruptcy isn’t an end. It’s the opportunity for reorganization and a new beginning. Let’s hope that beyond the sensational headlines associated with this and other recent stories, Georgia’s leaders take this opportunity and use the 2014 legislative session to provide an open, honest, and enforceable process that maintains the trust of the public with how our officials conduct business.