Don Balfour is that guy that for twenty years kept doing the same things but the people kept re-electing him. That stopped this year, with Balfour not making the runoff in a three-way contest for his seat.
Balfour hasn’t gone quietly. He pretty much thumbed his nose at …well, everyone with this piece about him having a reserved place of piety because he was “in the arena”. Let’s re-count why he is no longer in the arena. It’s because the voters called him home.
Why? Because of the years of documented arrogance that was exposed during his recent journey that ended with him being acquitted on criminal charges, but leaves a $5,000 fine leveled from his peers on his permanent record. Balfour was once the most powerful man in the GA Senate. He’s now un-elected, and is trying to take at least one other Republican with him: Sam Olens.
Olens is the incumbent Attorney General. It was Olens’ Office that sought and received an 18 count indictment against Balfour. Olens’ office was ultimately unable to secure a conviction.
Upon the verdict, Balfour has liked to pretend he has been a victim. He’s not. He was made aware of the discrepancies in 2010 – including his duty under Senate Rules and GA Law to hold Audit Committee meetings – but did nothing until ethics complaints began moving against him years later. His arrogance was his downfall.
Now, he’s going for retribution. WSB TV’s Richard Belcher is reporting a story that Balfour is claiming Olens’ prosecution is in retribution for Balfour and/or Waffle House not making a contribution to the GOP AG’s National Prosecutor’s conference.
Olens’ succinct response: If he truly believed any fundraising request of mine influenced his prosecution, he would not have waiting until two weeks before my re-election to say so.
Exacty. Balfour used to be a man that was feared. That’s because he did crap like this for 20 years and people kept re-electing him. Balfour has always been about Don Balfour. Some on his team wanted others – including us – to look the other way for the good of this team. On his exit, this is one of his final gifts back to the same team. Good riddance to him.