Thursday, January 13, 2011

Champion of Smaller Government

...except when his driveway needs plowing.

The Newton County Public Works Department was instructed to spread sand on the driveway of state Rep. Doug Holt, R-Social Circle, and move his vehicles so he could get to the state Capitol on Monday.

Holt, who lives in east Newton, called the Citizen Tuesday to explain the situation and apologize for what he called “an error in judgment.” An Atlanta news station was informed through an anonymous tip and had just left Holt’s house midday Tuesday when he made the call.

Holt said he was panicked Monday when he could not get his vehicles out of his driveway to participate in the General Assembly session. At that time, the session was under way and was expected to take place Tuesday as well. Since then, Gov. Nathan Deal canceled the session for Tuesday.

I'm not going to fault the guy for wanting to get his driveway cleared.  And I'm willing to forgive a minor abuse of discretion by the county commissioner who sent a public works crew to spend an hour digging his two cars out and sanding his driveway during the middle of a snow emergency.

This, on the other hand, is a bit of a middle finger to the county's taxpayers, considering how "panicked" Holt claimed to be:

Even though the crew spread sand and moved two vehicles Monday, Holt wasn't at the Capitol, according to voting records.

Not that it even needs to be noted, but Holt campaigned on a platform of fiscal discipline.

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