Mysterious mailpiece hits Balfour on ethics

May 18, 2014 9:43 am

by Jason · 14 comments

Here’s a mailpiece hitting homes in 9th state Senate district. It’s an “on the issues” piece related mostly to ethics and transparency, areas where state Sen. Don Balfour (R-Snellville) is vulnerable.

The group behind the mailpiece is something called the “2014 Integrity Project,” which may or may not be related to the group founded by Debbie Dooley. (Click to enlarge.)

The mailpiece comes as Balfour begins to make a “political comeback” with Senate leaders and lobbyists, receiving “more than $60,000 in contributions of $1,000 or more since April 1″ from donors including Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, Georgia Power, Home Depot, and many more.

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thomaswheatley May 18, 2014 at 10:38 am

Who is “Nanthan Deal?”

PegM May 18, 2014 at 11:06 am

This is why people hate politics. It’s comparing apples to oranges. Of course Balfour looks bad on the camparisons. But his opponents have never been a state senator. And attack pieces like this ignore the fact that Balfour was acquitted of all wrongdoing….but the folks that put this out, pretend the law doesn’t matter. Really nasty stuff.

LoyaltyIsMyHonor May 18, 2014 at 12:12 pm

“Lives at home with his family (for now)”

“No gifts from state lobbyists (yet)”

“Served term without being suspended (to be determined)”

Ed May 19, 2014 at 7:44 am

I hate politics so much I comment on a website about local politics.

Will Durant May 19, 2014 at 2:40 pm

Actually he admitted wrongdoing to his peers and accordingly paid his fines. A jury was convinced by his attorneys that there was no felonious intent to his misdeeds. His now taxpayer paid high-priced attorneys successfully employed a defense that the certified CPA and CFO is just a sloppy bookkeeper.

The mailer is also off base with its charge of him not living in at home with his family as obviously he charged the taxpayers for his commute from Snellville with each and every day he charged them a per diem. One then must wonder for what purpose his campaign funds were employed to utilize the year round condo in downtown Atlanta.

Yes he was found Not Guilty but that is a far cry from innocent.

Stefan May 18, 2014 at 12:01 pm

Nothing like an attack piece talking about transparency that doesn’t mention who sent it.

Dave Bearse May 18, 2014 at 1:22 pm

except that the attack piece wasn’t about transparency, unless one general word among other about government makes it about transparency

Jackster May 18, 2014 at 1:52 pm

Mugshot? Well it’s not really official until you have a mugshot.

Greg S May 18, 2014 at 4:16 pm

My guess? Balfour wins without a runoff and is named as chair of a very important Senate committee.

Dave Bearse May 18, 2014 at 4:37 pm

and prove my oft-stated contention that the typical Georgia voter is as informed as a bag of hair.

DrGonzo May 19, 2014 at 12:57 pm

Sounds about right for Gwinnett County. Those people are sleepwalking through life over there.

The Last Democrat in Georgia May 19, 2014 at 9:28 pm

Gwinnett is a largely transient county with an overwhelming majority of residents not being born in the county, the state or even the country.

Though, Gwinnett’s exceptionally-transient population still doesn’t necessarily explain the between 5-20% of Gwinnett voters who repeatedly keep voting extremely ethically-challenged politicians into office.

I guess that in Georgia, a Not-Guilty verdict makes a candidate highly-qualified for office.

The ability of a politician like Balfour to ‘beat-the-rap’ gives him a heck of a lot of ‘street-cred’ in the eyes of many voters, meaning that he really is a ‘Teflon-Don” (pun intended).

analogkid May 18, 2014 at 4:25 pm

Heh. The link for the “Party Condo” takes you to a bootleg copy of Charlie’s Courier Herald column:
http://luxurycondosatlanta.us/04-with-power-comes-responsibility-luxury-condos-atlanta.html

Charlie May 19, 2014 at 9:23 am

I guess this means I’ve finally made it. Or something.