7 former Fayette County commissioners urge Horgan to resign

Tue, 06/23/2009 - 3:33pm
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All individuals submitting this letter are former Fayette County commissioners. All of us took the same oath of office as Commissioner [Robert] Horgan. All of us were subject to the county’s ethics ordinance. All of us were subject to the pressure and public scrutiny which comes with the job.

We all understood the additional responsibilities inherent in elected leadership as well as the obvious requirement that we be role models, especially for young citizens.

By associating with the criminal element in the illegal drug trafficking business and his personal possession and use of illegal drugs to include his admitted driving while smoking marijuana, Mr. Horgan has shown little or no regard for his oath of office, the county ethics ordinance, and federal and state laws.

Further, his public refusal to resign his position indicates that he is not aware of the increasing degree of disapproval, disappointment and disgust that his behavior has caused our citizens.

The episode has also been an embarrassment for our community. Since Mr. Horgan’s arrest each County Commission meeting has been a parade of citizens asking for his resignation, each newspaper has headlines and letters which reinforce the negative stereotype of all elected officials.

If he continues to refuse to resign, we are facing public hearings concerning his violations, as well as a recall action which will continue this theater for some time and cause increased work for the Elections Office staff and further expense to be borne by Fayette taxpayers.

With this letter we respectfully ask Commissioner Horgan to put an end to this most difficult situation. We believe that his behavior has rendered him incapable of governing effectively and he has lost the confidence and respect of the vast majority of the electorate.

In his first official act as a commissioner he took the Official oath of county commissioners. He swore to act in such a manner which would “...be most conducive to the welfare and best interest of the entire county.” We believe his last official action should be one in which he adheres to that oath.

Only by his resignation from office can the County Commission return to the business of working to ensure that Fayette County remains the best community in Georgia to live, work, and raise a family.

Harold Bost

Bill Bonner

Grace Caldwell

Greg Dunn

Peter Pfeifer

Rick Price

Linda Wells

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Submitted by Bonkers on Mon, 07/06/2009 - 8:46am.

He should resign.

Now, let us look at glass houses:

The list of seven above I'm sure have never nor do they now drink too much sometimes, always contribute their 10%, help the needy along the road, never complain about poor people wanting more taxes, never have made any money with insider knowledge, never had a favor done for them by authorities, never have smoked cigarettes nor do they now, never gossiped about Steve Brown, always voted democratic--no matter who was running, attend church three times a week, (or synagogue, or temple), have never had a trafic ticket, have never speeded excessively, aren't gluttonous, work extremely hard with their hands and earn every dollar, never take advantage of dumber people, and are simply all around excellent above average people!

Submitted by boo boo on Mon, 07/06/2009 - 2:01pm.

All seeing all knowing, you just have to read between your lines. I agree with you on all the above past commissioners they were the best this County had to offer. I didn't worry about this County while it was in their capable hands.

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Submitted by meanoldconservatives on Mon, 07/06/2009 - 3:08pm.

Bonkers. If you catch my drift....

Submitted by boo boo on Mon, 07/06/2009 - 8:58pm.

Oh yea, I catch your drift alright..

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Submitted by Spear Road Guy on Mon, 07/06/2009 - 7:34am.

Commissioner Horgan was smart enough to fade into the background when Michael Jackson died.

Most people can't remember we've got a dope smoking commissioner now.

Vote Republican

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