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Balfour's ethics fine too weak, colleague says

Photo by Michael Buckelew

Photo by Michael Buckelew

ATLANTA (AP) — A first-term state senator wants stiffer penalties for a veteran colleague who admitted filing erroneous documentation so he could get paid for in-state work on days he was not in Georgia.

Joshua McKoon, a Columbus Republican, said Monday that the $5,000 fine that Don Balfour negotiated with the Ethics Committee last week is insufficient. McKoon, the lone member to vote against the settlement, filed a minority report with the Senate.

McKoon wants the attorney general to consider Balfour's actions. He called for the full Senate to consider a censure resolution, and he wants Balfour removed as Rules Committee chairman. That post gives the Snellville Republican considerable power over Senate business.

Balfour's attorney, Robert Highsmith, said the Ethics Committee vote means the matter is over, regardless of McKoon's filing.

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Coolray 1 year, 8 months ago

If Don Balfour had falsified his expense report with his employer, Waffle House, I wonder what would have happened to him then? Termination? Prosecutions?

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Don_Coyote 1 year, 8 months ago

"Balfour's attorney, Robert Highsmith, said the Ethics Committee vote means the matter is over..."

Please tell them otherwise voters. The Republican leadership timed this wrist slap to occur after the primary as they have no fear of Democratic candidate Scott Drake. Falsifying expense reports is a crime and he should be prosecuted, not a behind closed doors committee deal from a group that has previously promised transparency. Balfour wants us to believe that this was just an oversight yet he holds an MBA and a Bachelor's in Accounting. He led the Senate in per diem charged "committee days" in 2011 even though his Rules committee does not meet when the legislature is not in session. Due to the obvious trips these are the only days provable at this point by laymen, we need a real LAWMAN to look into this. Reference this article at the unbiased Georgia Transparency Project for more details:

http://www.atlantaunfiltered.com/2012/02/06/spotlight-on-don-balfours-29k-condo-123-committee-days/

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MichaelMarr 1 year, 8 months ago

His employers will likely give him the Nathan Deal Treatment.

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agneskravitz 1 year, 8 months ago

Why do the voters of the 9th Senate district keep sending this guy back year after year? Balfour is corrupt to the corp.

Scott Drake is the best shot we have to get somebody decent to represent us!

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R 1 year, 8 months ago

His district sent him back as a SENATOR only , not one iota higher.

Now its up to state leaders to SHOW the public how serious they are.

Leadership may have its privileges, but who gets "them" and for how long - is NEVER a given.

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