Today, it was announced that Balfour is under investigation by the GBI. Earlier, I called on Renee Unterman, our state senator who serves on the committee on assignments and rules committee, to call for Balfour to be removed as chairman - or to state her position regarding whether Balfour is fit for duty.
Balfour's ethics baggage has now become an example of Unterman's lack of accountability with regards to ethics and holding her peers accountable. And all she had to do to demonstrate this lack of accountability was ... nothing.
If I didn't want someone's baggage from whom I both work with, serve on two committees with, and represent the Gwinnett delegation with, I would probably have made some move to let my voters know this.
However, that's not how Renee Unterman has decided to express her opinion on the standards for Republican leadership. No, she hasn't called for Balfour's removal as Rules Chairman, she hasn't publicly stated ANY position recently, and as far as I can tell, she's running away from any controversy whatsoever.
See, this is exactly the kind of legislator I want working for me. One that will make sure that they are politically insulated by running away from issues which affect their constituents, and the ability for the General Assembly to actually solve problems in a meaningful way come next term.
So, what is Unterman's strategy for ethics reform and dealing with those in the senate who are not quite fit for duty?
Run Silent. Run Away. And hope that people will forget about it come 2014. Well ... she had a chance to make ethics an issue she could run on, but now, that's gone.