The Georgia Alliance for Ethics Reform – that cross-ideological group that includes tea partyers, Georgia Common Cause, the League of Women Voters, liberals and Republicans – will hold its first rally at the state Capitol next Wednesday.
They’ll be pushing for, among other things, a firm cap on gifts to state lawmakers.
But they’ll be doing it without Ray Boyd, the former candidate for governor turned impatient Capitol reformer. He has formally resigned from the group, sending this letter to William Perry, executive director of Georgia Common Cause:
The desperate need for sweeping ethics reform in Georgia is obvious to everyone, but the best method to achieve this goal is not shared with the same unanimity.
There are differences of timing, such as whether we should strive for gradual incremental changes over time, or whether we need to make a hard push for immediate sweeping reform.
There are differences of style, such as whether we should plead with the leadership in the General Assembly to pass favorable laws, or whether we need to call them out for their egregious conduct and unaccountability.
There are also differences in views, such as whether the “culture of corruption” is merely low-level and not widespread, or whether it is all-encompassing and permeates all areas.
I personally believe the latter for timing, style, and view. While I certainly don’t believe that every person under the gold dome is guilty of actual corruption, I believe they all share the blame in their complacency, and in voting to maintain the status quo to their benefit and to the detriment of the citizens of Georgia.
It is obvious to me that my personality and perspective does not fit well with the Georgia Alliance for Ethical Reform. While we share a common goal, we disagree as to how to best achieve it.
I would not want my conduct or my inclusion in this very worthy endeavor to interfere with its challenge for positive change. Therefore, I respectfully withdraw from the coalition. Hopefully, I have made a worthy contribution to this group, and I will pray for its success. The League of Women Voters official membership is a very positive addition to the coalition. The coalition is strengthened.
I will soldier on – just from a different battle front. I hope we will all meet again to raise a victorious flag for the citizens of Georgia.
His withdrawal resolves a dilemma for the ethics coalition. Last fall, Boyd put those rumors about Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle in writing, in the form of an ethics complaint. With Boyd on their team, coalition members were finding it hard to find open doors at the Capitol – particularly on the Senate side.
No doubt you’ve been wondering why a certain woman turned U.S. Rep. Chris Lee, R-N.Y., in to Gawker, the gossip website, ending his political career in a mere three hours. The Washington Post has your answer:
He’d told her he was a 39-year-old divorced lobbyist with a son; she traced his e-mail address to his Facebook page, then discovered he was, in fact, a married, 46-year-old politician. Who does that? she wondered.
A faculty specialist for the University of Maryland and single mother of a preteen son, [34-year-old Yesha] Callahan hashed over the e-mails with her social circle of young professionals. Lee’s deception was out of bounds, her friends agreed, and Callahan began to see this as a cautionary tale.
“I assumed that other people have probably come across him as well, and he had lied to them,” she said. “I felt annoyance at just the audacity of people thinking that they’re not going to get found out when they are lying.”
Callahan said she stopped corresponding with Lee after about 10 e-mails — when he asked her to send a racy photo. (He’d already sent her the now-infamous shirtless photo of himself.) “I was kind of like, okay, no, he’s just looking for things I’m not interested in.”
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider