“It’s Borderline”

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I learned a general ethical principle in politics nearly 40 years ago–if it’s borderline then don’t do it. If the ethics decision compromises your reputation, implies a conflict of interest or causes public suspicion–Don’t consider it. Stay as far away from it as humanly possible. Don’t get involved publicly or privately. Stay the heck away.

The latest victim of getting too close to the ethical fall line is Georgia Senator and Republican First Congressional District candidate Buddy Carter. He introduced S. B. 408 that would regulate pharmacy benefits managers, impose certain requirements for the use of maximum allowable cost pricing by those managers and quite possibly benefit pharmacists and pharmacy owners like him.

When Fox Atlanta reporter Dale Russell asked Carter about the obvious ethical conflict and whether he should have carried the bill he replied, “Obviously, it’s borderline.”

As a pharmacist and the owner of three pharmacies, the conflict of interest seems obvious. What was he thinking? I suspect he was thinking of himself and not the people of Georgia. The bill failed to make Crossover Day but Carter hasn’t given up on trying to get the bill attached to another bill.

Click here to see Fox Atlanta Reporter Dale Russell’s story

Comments

  1. Gary S. Cox says:

    . . . and elected officials wonder why the voting public is cynical when it comes to trusting government and their elected representatives, this is a prime example of why such distrust is still pervasive.

  2. Beverly Fraud says:

    Re: I learned a general ethical principle in politics nearly 40 years ago–if it’s borderline then don’t do it. If the ethics decision compromises your reputation, implies a conflict of interest or causes public suspicion–Don’t consider it. Stay as far away from it as humanly possible. Don’t get involved publicly or privately. Stay the heck away.

    Too bad you didn’t remember to “stay the heck away” when it came to your steadfast support of Beverly Hall.

    Kind of tainted your credibility, don’t you think?

  3. This is definitely why we should be standing up to support Buddy Carter’s strongest Democratic Opponent, Amy Tavio.

    A Real Estate Broker from Richmond Hill, Georgia, Amy worked years behind the scenes in local politics before getting enough people together to recharter the Bryan County Democratic Party. Unlike career politicians like Buddy Carter, Amy will stand up for the citizens of the first district. We need representation that won’t cowtow to special interests or in this case SELF-INTEREST.

  4. @ Savannahstands
    I met Amy Tavio recently. The more I learn about her the more convinced I am she would be honest, hardworking and responsive to all her constituents as a member of Congress.