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David Graves is a piece of work.

The republican state representative from Macon - according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - is claiming "legislative immunity" in battling one of two DUI charges he's facing.

That's right, he's harkening back to an archaic piece of legislation that saves government folks from bullying that may sway their politics.

He contends, through his lawyer, Bubba Head (can't make that one up), that since he was leaving a "working" meal - where General Assembly business was discussed over the din-din and drinks - that February evening he was charged with being tipsy behind the wheel, he shouldn't have to face the case.

What arrogance. Here's a man, who is ironically the chairman of the House committee charged with making laws to control Georiga's alcohol industry, whose position and ego have officially outweighed his common sense. He's already fallen into the classic trap: He thinks he can get away with anything because of who he is or what he does. I've said it before (Remember, if you will, that we've already visited this topic once - in the midst of the Robin Williams case.): The people consumed by this overwhelming arrogance will eventually fall.

Just ask former State Sen. Charles Walker.

Speaking of the former senator, get ready for something that happens on very rare occasions: I'm about to say something nice about Augusta politics. Last week, voters overwhelmingly chose to send Ed Tarver to Atlanta to replace Mr. Walker - choosing the Augusta attorney at a 63 percent clip from a three man field.

His election says a lot about the state of Augusta. It broadcasts a clear message that is a continuation of the failed sales tax referendums: People are finally tired enough of Augusta's politicians mucking up the works to do something about it.

Don't believe it? Just look at poor Ben Allen, who lost to Sen. Tarver. Mr. Allen carried a few good ideas into the election: work on the HOPE scholarship program, protect the Augusta medical community, and so on.

But he came up short in one very important area. When The Augusta Chronicle asked what he would change about Augusta's government, he said "At this time I have no interest in changing the government." He said that the pending election of Willie Mays to the mayor's office would solve all the ills of the Marble Palace Monster.

What Mr. Allen missed is this: the old adage about lopping off the monster's head to kill it doesn't work in Augusta politics: it's too hard to find the right head when nearly everyone has two faces.

Web posted on Wednesday, September 28, 2005


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