— Aaron Gould Sheinin (@asheinin) May 25, 2012
UPDATE II: With just forty minutes left on the clock before the qualifying period closed, Balfour filed for reelection Friday.
He’ll square off in July’s primary contest with Republicans Travis Bowden, a retread from two year’s earlier, and Steve Ramey. If he earns the nod, as is expected, Democrat Scott Drake will stand opposite him this fall.
UDATE III: Balfour announced at the time of his qualifying today he would sign the lobbyist gift cap pledge championed, curiously, by the same activists who have charged the senator with improperly seeking state reimbursements for lobbyist-funded junkets.
In spite of his new pledge to support gift cap, Tipsheet sources wonder if the Snellville lawmaker will make good by letting the measure pass his committee. Only time–or a heavy hand by those groups promoting the ceiling–will tell.
- James Richardson