Ethics Commission Attorney Placed On Leave

In today’s episode of the Georgia State Ethics Commission As Performance Art, we have news that their staff attorney has been placed on leave for allegedly drinking on the job.  From the AJC’s Aaron Sheinin:

Elisabeth Murray-Obertein, the ethics commission attorney and key witness in a pair of lawsuits related to the handling of an investigation into Gov. Nathan Deal’s 2010 campaign, is on administrative leave after a Capitol Police officer said she appeared to have been drinking on the job.

Murray-Obertein has been the chief internal critic of Commission Executive Secretary Holly LaBerge.  Now this brings a very public criticism of Murray-Obertein’s conduct on the job.

Conclusion:  This place is just a damn mess.


  1. xdog says:

    I don’t know what ‘appeared to have been drinking on the job’ means but I agree, the place is absolutely broken.

  2. WeymanCWannamakerJr says:

    Does this mean the legislators will have to come back from lunch sober as well? I’m wondering if she hasn’t had a nice glass house installed around her after she threw the stones.

  3. seenbetrdayz says:

    Maybe we should just abolish the ethics commission since “ethics” seems to be one of those campaign terms used to woo voters which no one actually ever intends to address. At least we’d be able to save a little money.

  4. Rick Day says:

    I guess all the water fountains will have to go if no drinking is allowed. Would a gift of a few cases of bottled water be over the line from lobbyists?

    Sounds like a mole squealed her out. Typical power play for the unethical who have the most to fear from a functional commission.

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