Josh McKoon asks for AG investigation into Don Balfour

Tampa — State Sen. Josh McKoon, R-Columbus, who was the only dissenting vote on a legislative ethics panel that this month levied a $5,000 fine on Senate Rules Chairman Don Balfour, R-Snellville, said Wednesday he has asked Attorney General Sam Olens to consider a criminal investigation.

Olens, set to address the Republican National Convention this evening, confirmed receipt of McKoon’s request, but declined any further comment.

The Senate Ethics Committee faulted Balfour for billing the state for mileage while out of town on lobbyist-funded trips, and for failing to create a subcommittee to audit all senators’ reimbursement vouchers.

In a minority report, McKoon outlined why he thought Balfour was deserving of a harsher punishment. Read it here.

McKoon, a delegate at the Tampa said he sent Olens a copy of his minority report, plus a brief cover letter requesting the investigation.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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11 comments Add your comment

TrishaDishaWarEagle

August 29th, 2012
4:22 pm

In other news, sen Mckoon anounces his candidacy for senate rules committe chairmanship

TrishaDishaWarEagle

August 29th, 2012
4:25 pm

and in late breaking news, Sen. Vincent Fort D- was overheard muttering something about racism.

The Ghost of Lester Maddox

August 29th, 2012
4:39 pm

This Just In….Lobbyists are busy printing and distributing Don Balfour hoodies with the logo “I AM DON”. Stay tuned for the march and candle-light vigil and appearance on Oprah to demand Justice for Don Balfour, etc.

Well……., not really, but the Lobbyists are anxious enough behind the scenes until the Balfour fades from the headlines.

cc

August 29th, 2012
4:46 pm

It would appear that a case for malfeasance is prima facie as regards Balfour. Surely the Attorney General will pursue this case and bring it to a satisfactory resolution. Balfour should be removed from office and punished to the full extent of the law if found guilty.

cc

August 29th, 2012
4:51 pm

Balfour submitted the expense report and swore by his signature that he was due the reimbursement. I don’t like lobbying or lobbyists but fail to see why any lobbyist would be ‘anxious’?

cc

August 29th, 2012
4:54 pm

The Ghost of Lester Maddox:

Sorry . . . that last post was meant for you.

Balfour submitted the expense report and swore by his signature that he was due the reimbursement. I don’t like lobbying or lobbyists but fail to see why any lobbyist would be ‘anxious’?

Carol

August 29th, 2012
5:31 pm

I wish he would ask Sam for a two-fer and add the Guvnah’s name to that investigation.

Bob Loblaw

August 29th, 2012
5:55 pm

The Senator, who swore under oath to uphold the Constitution, must either have missed this paragraph or just chosen to ignore it.

Paragraph VII. Election and returns; disorderly conduct. Each house shall be the judge of the election, returns, and qualifications of its members and shall have power to punish them for disorderly behavior or misconduct by censure, fine, imprisonment, or expulsion; but no member shall be expelled except by a vote of two-thirds of the members of the house to which such member belongs.
Paragraph VIII. Contempts, how punished. Each house may punish by imprisonment, not extending beyond the session, any person not a member who shall be guilty of a contempt by any disorderly behavior in its presence or who shall rescue or attempt to rescue any person arrested by order of either house.

In short, each Chamber SHALL be the judge and have the power to punish. It is an impermissible shirking of Constitutional duty to “outsource” this authority to anyone.

Mild Mannered Moderate

August 29th, 2012
6:11 pm

Oh dear! Why can’t we seem to follow our own state constitution? But perhaps we should amend it to include our state legislature as folks who can be investigated by the Attorney General.

Scandalous!

Bob Loblaw

August 29th, 2012
6:55 pm

Oh, we can follow the Constitution, its just whether or not we will.

Mild Mannered Moderate

August 29th, 2012
8:54 pm

I I find laws are obeyed much more when someone besides you and your friends enforces it. If our brave boys in blue and our soldiers can have police, why not our politicians?