Don Balfour pulls out of race for Congress — and state Senate

Huge news. State Sen. Don Balfour (R-Snellville) just announced that, not only is he pulling out of the race for Congress, he’s done with the state Senate. Here’s the press release:

This afternoon, Senator Don Balfour, from the 9th District, announced that he will no longer run for John Linder’s 7th Congressional seat.

State Sen. Don Balfour

State Sen. Don Balfour

“Being a congressman has been something I thought I wanted to do. Needless to say, when John Linder announced that he was not running for re-election, I jumped at the opportunity to be the new voice of leadership. However, for the past three weeks, I have not been at peace about this decision. I feel this is an appropriate time to let all my supporters know that I will also not be seeking reelection for the 9th district senate seat.”

“You will be served well by whoever wins both the Senate seat from the 9th district and Congressional seat from the 7th district.”

“I want to offer my heart felt appreciation to all those who have supported me over the years.”

Balfour has enjoyed his 18 years in the Senate, representing the 9th district. He hopes to be remembered for helping in the inception the Georgia Gwinnett College, passage of some of the strongest ethics and eminent domain bills in the nation, as well as, tort reform.

“Now I can focus on finishing session well and running an efficient Rules Committee. I’m looking forward to welcoming my son home soon from his service in Afghanistan as well as continuing my career at Waffle House.”

This is strange. But you can now consider state Rep. Clay Cox (R-Lilburn) as the front-runner in the race for the 7th District. Ralph Reed may be having second thoughts.

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Balfour out? — Peach Pundit

March 18th, 2010
9:36 pm

[...] [UPDATE] Galloway has the press release. [...]

Sarah

March 18th, 2010
9:50 pm

Hmm…bailing out so soon? I wonder if it’s a dead girl or live boy that we’ll be finding out about soon. There’s only one reason that anyone in the GOP wants to spend more time with their family for…

Needabailout, too!

March 18th, 2010
9:50 pm

Good. One less Republican.

Browncoat

March 18th, 2010
9:58 pm

Hmmmm, sounds like someone may have some dirt on him.

Leigh

March 18th, 2010
10:01 pm

Do you leftists ever get tired of being judgmental and nasty? Grow up and stop the pettiness!
Our country is in danger and all you can do is make snide remarks about someone who chooses to leave the GA Senate…for whatever reason. Do something constructive, if possible.

Needabailout, too!

March 18th, 2010
10:05 pm

We’ll start playing fair–as soon as your side does.

TW

March 18th, 2010
10:09 pm

Danger, Leigh? From what?

You watch way too much 24 – you do know that’s fake? Just like the FOX crap that has rotted the rightwing ‘mind’ and soiled our great country.

The once great party of Ronald Reagan is now nothing but a selfish, redneck piece of ignorant white trash.

Go Dems!!!!

REPUBLICANS ARE SORRY

March 18th, 2010
10:12 pm

Yes, the rats are jumping ship. Soon the TRUTH about healthcare will emerge from the stenchful fog of lies republicans have told…”gov’t takeover” “socialism” “rationed health care”
“death panels” “pull the plug on granny” blah blah blah. Republicans ONCE AGAIN will be on the wrong side of history and relegated to the minority for decades to come.

Fred

March 18th, 2010
10:13 pm

Sarah: I know accuracy is something not stressed in the leftist agenda, but the phrase you are reaching for is “caught with a dead animal or a live boy.”

Leigh: What is the danger? President Obama? Quit buying the scare tactics of the right wing talk show entertainers and do a little thinking for yourself. The boys you are listening to are employing the same tactics they deride the “leftist main steam media” of. Wake up and smell the Oxycontin. Your deaf, druggie, Godfather is kind of a hypocrite don’t you think? He can’t hear what the people think because he is DEAF. He is deaf because of the drugs he abused. Not exactly the guy I want as a role model, but then apparently he’s okie dokey with you. How sad.

td

March 18th, 2010
10:17 pm

TW, The problem with your logic that most of the Republicans you are referring to were Dems 8 years ago. When the Democratic Party moved so far to the left and became communist the old Blue Dog Dems became Republicans and have been running this state like the old democratic party since then. It is time for them to get out and let some life long Republicans to come in and run the state. The communist (New democratic party) can not win in the south.

Rufio

March 18th, 2010
10:17 pm

Darn, I was looking forward to asking him in public why he never answered a request for help from constitute. He never bothered to call. I guess he realized that he might actually have to do some work instead of having his assistant ignore constituents.

While I am a republican there was no .I was voting for Don Balfour. It does make you wonder if he has a someone hidden with a beehive.

Don……You made the right decision for all of us !

Needabailout, too!

March 18th, 2010
10:20 pm

…and yes, Leigh, we are about to do something constructive–the passage of healthcare reform this weekend, despite all the obstruction, mis-information, propaganda of ‘death panels’, intentional fear-mongering and ’socialism’ tirades that the Repubs have repeatedly distributed within your constituency. Open wide, Republicans, healthcare reform is now reality. Lap it up.

td

March 18th, 2010
10:24 pm

Needabailout, too!, I feel sorry for your children and my children when they will be the first generation since WW2 that will not be able to live a better life than we do. I hope and pray everyday that I can make enough money to be able to leave my children some so they will not be totally destitute when I die.

TW

March 18th, 2010
10:25 pm

td – the republicans running this state are apolitical. They are entrepreneurs, who are making as much coin as they can by pandering to the narrow-minded, uneducated, unAmerican retard that is the Georgia electorate. They have run our beautiful state into the ground by selling morons like you a snake oil that makes you think it is the ‘leftist’ fault.

You carry bin laden’s water and you’re too stupid to know it.

Hector

March 18th, 2010
10:26 pm

Owl

March 18th, 2010
10:26 pm

Wow. Not only can they not type anything that remotely resembles the truth, Socialists just can not spell at all. And to think, they are supposed to be the educated, smart ones among us.

poor socialists. so angry. so frustrated that their “reign” over the masses is about to come to a screeching halt.

How’s all that “hope” and “change” workin’ out for ya? Tell the folks down at the unemployment office hello for me, will ya? Yes, the dems are doing a mighty fine job with their new-found power. They are running the whole system into the ground so that they can create more folks just like you – sheep that don’t know what the slaughter-house looks like, even when they’re being led right into it.

The best thing that could happen in America right now is for every socialist liberal to become sterile. They have a pill for that? If not, they should be working on it.

One Less Crook

March 18th, 2010
10:27 pm

One less crook to worry about taking office. Hopefully, his replacement in the race is at least half honest with taxpayer money.

green green

March 18th, 2010
10:30 pm

I bet there’s dirt on him too. Out with ‘im!! Don’t let the door hit yr butt on the way back to New Jersey!

TW

March 18th, 2010
10:40 pm

Owl – glad to see you’re not angry, what with calling for the intelligent half of America to become sterile…

Might I suggest you come out of the closet? Heck, after this weekend you might even be able to swing the operation…ewwwwwwwwwwwwwww

Nah, keep it in the airport bathroom, sicko…

td

March 18th, 2010
10:41 pm

TW, Why are you being so ugly and name calling? Is it because the truth hurts? IS it because you want equal opportunity and equal outcome? Do you not like making your own decisions? Do you really believe that government should take care of you from birth to grave? If you think we are all rednecks in Georgia then why don’t you move to maybe, NY, NJ, Mich, Ill or Calf? They have been run by libs for a long time and they are doing so much better than we are here in this backwards redneck state. No one is forcing you to stay, yet comrade.

BTW: The number one profession in the legislature are attorneys and I agree that most of them are a political and should not hold office at all.

Waffle House Lover

March 18th, 2010
10:43 pm

I’d like for all of you to clearly state what your accusations are against Senator Balfour. What dirt do you have on him? Green green, when you use the phrase “Out with ‘im,” you sound like a low class, ignorant redneck.

Sarah

March 18th, 2010
10:43 pm

Dearest Fred, please ask former Congressman Joe Scarborough about the DEAD GIRL that was found in his office. We all know the righties like their animals alive (just ask Neal Horsley).

Waffle House Lover

March 18th, 2010
10:46 pm

BTW- what is wrong with attorneys holding political office? Do you not like people who have a higher IQ than you serving as elected officials?

Needabailout, too!

March 18th, 2010
10:46 pm

Oooh. Good one, Sarah!

TW

March 18th, 2010
10:51 pm

td – I still have property down here, but have moved to Tenn. Funny how all those lib states you mentioned have schools that make Georgia’s look like the outhouses they are.

Tell me, how is it you rednecks can beat your chests so hard about ‘heritage’ while at the same time you’re all too eager to screw your kids out of an education that’ll allow them to compete in what will be a very competitive global economy when they are looking for work? And while your at it, on what page in the Bible does the Georgia redneck read where it’s cool to give the poor and the uninsured the finger?

Geez, man…it really hurts that you thought I was part of the snake oil consumer down there…

Henry

March 18th, 2010
10:54 pm

Because attorneys pass laws and them always find a way to exempt themselves. Anyone who wants to spend some time searching can find out a myriad examples of this. I believe this makes it a conflict of interest. By the way, I am as educated or more so than most attorneys. Furthermore, being an attorney doesn’t necessarily mean you are smart — perhaps persistence is the most important ingredient for completing a doctorate.

Waffle House Lover

March 18th, 2010
11:02 pm

Nice grammar, Henry!

Non-Conformist

March 18th, 2010
11:05 pm

Amen! Glad to see him gone! His closet is not clean from an ethical stand point. This much I know first hand because I have seen it with my own eyes! Bye-Bye Balfour!

td

March 18th, 2010
11:10 pm

TW, By what statistical measurement do you use? Oh, ya I remember the SAT and ACT scores. What percentage of the population takes the test in those northern state vs Georgia? The top 10% or 20% vs. about 60% in Georgia. DO you think the numbers might the a little off? I wonder why a large number of people moving to Georgia from NY, NJ and Mich are telling us that there reason for moving was because of better schools, lower taxes and they feel safer? I guess that is because we have such bad schools and the rednecks do not know how to run the government.

If you would read a little about the different parts of the country you will find out that Georgia is not the only state that is having to make drastic cuts in Education. NY, Calf, Mich are examples and who are they run by? Tenn. is a nice place to live if you like wearing orange. Maybe some of those good ole boys can teach you a thing or two about manners.

Needabailout, too!

March 18th, 2010
11:23 pm

td-Maybe Waffle House Lover can teach you a thing or two about grammar, and when it’s appropriate to capitalize a word…Better schools, lower taxes and a better sense of security in Georgia? Those northerners have come to the wrong place. And we’re about to lead the nation in a new wave of swine flu!

Twits

March 18th, 2010
11:36 pm

Good, see you later. This is the idiot that sponsored the Merit Pay Budget Cutting Bill for Teachers.

Stupid Legislation. Nice to see that someone who sponsored this crap is leaving.

td

March 18th, 2010
11:38 pm

Needabailout, too!, I think I have already asked you why you continue to live in a place you hate so much? You libs are all the same and use the same tactics, bash, bash, bash and when someone is civil and presents facts and viable arguments then you go to name calling or belittling the person. Is there anything positive you can say about Georgia? What would make you happy? A total government take over of everything? Do you really want the government to take care of you from birth to grave? Just trying to figure out why a person is willing to give up personal responsibility and the satisfaction of working hard and getting rewarded for your efforts.

Needabailout, too!

March 18th, 2010
11:54 pm

Whoa td! That’s a boatload of assumptions and stereotypes you’re heaping upon me.

a. No, you’ve never asked me why I continue to live in Georgia.
b. It was Waffle House Lover who first insisted on proper grammar here, not me.
c. What would make me happy is if we, the UNITED States of America could have a civil conversation, with an honest exchange of ideas and viewpoints. But Republicans choose not to start from that place.Instead, just like you have done, you choose to label me as wanting a total govt. takeover of everything. That isn’t at all how I think. You are re-gurgitating what you and those like you hear from your cable shows and right-wing websites to incorrectly catagorize me and mine. How can we have a civil conversation when we start like this?

Courtney

March 19th, 2010
12:06 am

“Go DEMS”????? Whatever happened to “Go America”?

Farsider

March 19th, 2010
12:21 am

He was taking a lot of heat for his stance on tuition increases. Getting hammered on Facebook.

Not to mention that being a freshman congressman in the minority would not be much fun.

Dew

March 19th, 2010
6:16 am

Yea….Go Dems…You’ve got to be kidding, but I guess if you think going further in debt will fix things that’s your choose. I haven’t seen them do anything but try to run Health Care down our throats. Just another form of welfare.

Buzz G

March 19th, 2010
6:54 am

This is our loss. He has served us well. There remains a shortage of good people in government and an excess of power hungry statists who think they control the people.

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Road Scholar

March 19th, 2010
7:36 am

“.. I know accuracy is something not stressed in the leftist agenda, ..”

You wouldn’t know the truth if it hit you in the face 3 times!

Vanessa

March 19th, 2010
7:45 am

I hear that Doug Heckman is going to jump in as a conservative Dem – maybe we have a decent option!

Bobby

March 19th, 2010
7:59 am

Fred: Sarah is correct. The phrase is “…live boy or dead woman…”. I’ve never heard anyone refer to sex with dead animals as a Republican trait.

Glenn Taylor

March 19th, 2010
8:09 am

Regardless of the reasons he is retiring or his political views and history, at least let him enjoy the reunion with his son before you crucify him. I also have a son returning with his son from Afghanistan and that is all that is on my mind right now and I am sure it is his as well.

John K

March 19th, 2010
8:20 am

I just find it funny how the GOP gets all panty-twisted when the tactics they developed get used against them.

Rufio

March 19th, 2010
8:25 am

Sarah is not correct……..She just repeats garbage with no respect for the truth. Sarah, do you realize that Joe Scarborough’s was in Washington, DC when his aid passed away in Florida ? Stop reading the 9/11 was an inside job websites for your facts……..

oldfart

March 19th, 2010
8:35 am

It appears the majority of the populace and almost everyone that posts here are acting as if this is a sports rivalry. The two-party us and them thing is only dragging this nation down further. On practically every issue if they’re fer it, we’re aginst it. How does this accomplish anything? Where does a free thinker who agrees with some of each party’s planks and of course disagrees with others?

I don’t know anything about Senator Balfour but it appears there are too many willing to condemn or defend him here just because he has an R after his name in the papers. With the national debt at 12 trillion dollars, full prisons, wars, etc. we can’t continue like this as a nation. Regurgitating the party line to each other is getting us nowhere. How can we break the red and blue molds and get back to a government that works?

George

March 19th, 2010
8:45 am

Anyone who knows Don can attest to the mans high ethical standards. If there were ever a strong supporter of legislative ethics it was this guy.
The guy who will replace him is actually far more conservative than Don, so you dems wont be getting anything out of this. His district represents a very conservative section on Gwinnett County.
Waffle House will announce his promotion to EVP soon after he leaves the Senate.

deegee

March 19th, 2010
9:13 am

Politicians are quitting left and right. The public trough is drying up, their constituents are restless, they are finding out what smaller government looks like, the concrete and asphalt guys don’t have a lot of money to throw around any more. All of that just takes the fun and profit out of politics.

Pat

March 19th, 2010
9:19 am

YAY!!!!! I am glad he is out!!!!!!

AJ

March 19th, 2010
9:39 am

I like how everyone here is an expert pundit. Anyone here ever running for office? I only ask so I will know who NOT to vote for. :-)

????

March 19th, 2010
9:59 am

“…live boy or dead woman…”. wasn’t Edwin Edwards a Democrat?