PSC Masters badge request under scrutiny

Thursday, Aug 25, 2011 10:16 AM
Last updated Friday, Aug 26, 2011 2:20 AM
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ATLANTA -- Georgia Public Service Commissioner Tim Echols began criticizing his fellow commissioners for being too cozy with lobbyists even before he took office.

“I am uncomfortable taking admission, taking tickets to sporting events from those that I regulate,” he said.

Yet, using official Public Service Commission letterhead, Echols went straight to the Augusta National Golf Club to request two complimentary practice round tickets to this year’s Masters, long after tickets had been distributed to one of the world’s most prestigious golf tournaments through a lottery system, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

After more than a week passed without a response, Echols informed the club that he planned to do some regulating.

Echols has since said that he should not have asked for the tickets because of the “appearance of impropriety.” Experts say Echols’ letters broke no laws but agree there’s a concern about appearances.

“It’s clear that he’s trying to use the office as if there’s some royal entitlement to complimentary tickets,” said Emmet Bondurant, an Atlanta lawyer whose specialties include ethics cases.

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kiwiinamerica
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kiwiinamerica 08/25/11 - 09:38 am
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I'll sell this jerk my
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I'll sell this jerk my tickets, if he's that desperate. Meet me outside Windsor Jewellers next year, Timmy. And bring plenty of moolah!

scorehouse
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scorehouse 08/25/11 - 09:51 am
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where'd you get your tix?
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where'd you get your tix? down under twoods ex? caddie that is!

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Insider Information 08/25/11 - 09:52 am
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What's the big deal? Aren't

What's the big deal?

Aren't all politicians "entitled" to Master's badges? He just wants his "fair share."

If any other business slipped free stuff to every single elected official in a 50-mile radius, it would be considered bribery. If the National does it, it's called generosity. Of course, they would NEVER expect anything in return.

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scorehouse 08/25/11 - 10:00 am
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such ignorance. first if
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such ignorance. first if you're going to try to use the power of the office, wouldn't you want tournament badges not just PR tix. second, wouldn't it be enough to request just getting on the list instead of free tix. this further illustrates atlanta's approach to the rest of the state. we all just red-headed stepchildren lucky to abide as mere serfs in the dark kingdom.

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scorehouse 08/25/11 - 10:02 am
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hr's soooo lucky this hit the
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hr's soooo lucky this hit the press now. he'd be in a heap of cow paddy if this was after the fact.

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scorehouse 08/25/11 - 10:09 am
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i notice under most popular
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i notice under most popular to the right "augustans fed up". from what i observe around town augustan's are over fed up to the gills. need a new weather report. it's hot, humid and really fat today. rain expected later this afternoon. if you happen to get caught out in the rain, don't worry, plenty of fatso's about under which you may take refuge. stay dry!

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jross1981 08/25/11 - 10:20 am
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Read the article on the ajc's

Read the article on the ajc's website, it's much more detailed. This happened before the Masters this year, and they never responded to his requests. Also, he has apparently done this type of thing before, going to the PGA championship this month and Savannah for St. Patricks Day. Another case of a politician talking out of both sides of your mouth.

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wondersnevercease 08/25/11 - 10:25 am
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"It’s clear that he’s trying
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"It’s clear that he’s trying to use the office as if there’s some royal entitlement to complimentary tickets,” said Emmet Bondurant, an Atlanta lawyer whose specialties include ETHICS cases"..................

.....LOL how funny is that??!!!....oxymoron much?

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Sweet son 08/25/11 - 12:16 pm
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Sour grapes! Activity like

Sour grapes! Activity like this will catch up with him. Hope the ethics people bust his chops!

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Riverman1 08/25/11 - 12:37 pm
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Oh, I bet a similar

Oh, I bet a similar conversation went on years ago when the National started giving Richmond County Commissioners and other officials tickets.

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SlapShot2 08/25/11 - 01:21 pm
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Its Deke fault...great post

Its Deke fault...great post Larry.

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Taylor B 08/25/11 - 02:09 pm
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I think if he would have

I think if he would have printed it on a GA power letterhead, he would have got farther

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gildea09 08/25/11 - 05:32 pm
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AJC's story had more details.

AJC's story had more details. When he did not hear back from them, he demanded access with an armed Law Enforcement officer so they could conduct random checks of limousines for proper licensing!!! Its obvious this guy has no idea who he is dealing with, they once stopped the United States Secret Service from coming on the grounds!!

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TrukinRanger 08/25/11 - 06:19 pm
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Have any readers here today
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Have any readers here today been able to get tickets? I've got about 5-6 friends (and myself) that applied for the main tournament tickets...and practice round tickets and got the typical "sorry to inform you..." email back. I guess you have to be over the $250k tax bracket to get the privledge to buy them.

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rmwhitley 08/25/11 - 06:58 pm
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echols is a disgusting piece
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echols is a disgusting piece of garbage. Same for his ilk.

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Asitisinaug 08/25/11 - 09:07 pm
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Although his "request" may

Although his "request" may not have been illegal, it was definitely inappropriate. The Augusta National does use some comp. tickets for the state and our area but they are to benefit the community and should be appreciated.

However, this comment should get him FIRED or ARRESTED...After more than a week passed without a response, Echols informed the club that he planned to do some regulating.

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proudgunowner 08/25/11 - 10:54 pm
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Sounds like some of Barry's
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Sounds like some of Barry's cronies from the streets of Chicago. Yep, time for a Federal investigation of this guy. Somebody needs to start doing some regulating on HIM!

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