In response to this story in Sunday’s Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Ken Hodges made a pledge to fight corruption in Georgia, should the fine, God-fearing citizens of Georgia elect him as our next Attorney General.

“As a citizen’s government watchdog, I will make fighting government corruption a priority. And it isn’t something I just talk about; it has been my life’s work. As District Attorney for 12 years, I have seen politicians and bureaucrats who, sadly, have chosen their own interests over those who pay the bills. While these politicians were fighting for their own interests under the gold dome, I put my own assistant Police Chief behind bars because he violated the public’s trust. As Attorney General, I will ensure that no one is above the law.”

Full release below.
The report from the state Inspector General regarding the Brasstown Valley Resort’s capital reserve account and Georgia’s Mountains Authority revenues further reinforces the need for a strong and independent Attorney General who will root out and fight public corruption.

“As a citizen’s government watchdog, I will make fighting government corruption a priority. And it isn’t something I just talk about; it has been my life’s work. As District Attorney for 12 years, I have seen politicians and bureaucrats who, sadly, have chosen their own interests over those who pay the bills. While these politicians were fighting for their own interests under the gold dome, I put my own assistant Police Chief behind bars because he violated the public’s trust. As Attorney General, I will ensure that no one is above the law.

Hodges’ record speaks for itself:

· Hodges pursued a lawsuit against his own assistant police chief, Woodson Hart. Hart had been involved with a $2 million dollar blackmail scheme involving a pawn shop in Dougherty County. Former Assistant Police Chief Woodson Hart filed an appeal, which he lost, against Hodges for false arrest, false imprisonment, and malicious prosecution.

· Hodges helped convict former DeKalb County Sheriff Sidney Dorsey for the murder of Sheriff Elect Derwin Brown. Hodges lent credibility to the trial when it was moved to Dougherty County and presented Dorsey’s abuse of power and violation of public trust to the jury. Dorsey was convicted by the Superior Court jury and his murder conviction was affirmed by the Georgia Supreme Court in further appeal.

· Hodges re-indicted former Dawson Mayor Albritten for fraud and forgery

· Hodges criticized court’s handling of probate judge Dwayne D. Forehand’s Trial stating that the Judge’s sentencing was “too light” and he should not be held above the law.

· Hodges prosecuted at least twelve police officers during his tenure and recommended that at least 50 officers be investigated by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

4 Responses to Hodges Pledges to Fight Corruption

  1. Steve Golden says:

    I’m presently in a fun war with the Hodges folks.

  2. Sara says:

    MoTS, exactly what I was thinking. I guess corruption is selectively defined.

  3. MouthoftheSouth says:

    Oh, the irony of this statement, ” I have seen politicians and bureaucrats who, sadly, have chosen their own interests over those who pay the bills.” I guess it isn’t ironic if you consider that Pheobe Putney is the one paying the bills.

  4. Ed says:

    No word yet if he will fight stupid speling mistakes from stupid bloggers.