Gov. Nathan Deal suspended Balfour two weeks ago pending the trial after a three-member panel found him unfit for office. The same day, Balfour’s Senate colleagues kicked him out of the chamber’s Republican Caucus, effective immediately.
They also announced they had stripped him of every remaining leadership position he had in the chamber, including the chairmanship of the Senate Reapportionment and Redistricting Committee, vice-chairmanship of the Health and Human Services Committee and an ex-officio spot with the Banking and Financial Institutions Committee.
Last year, after problems with Balfour’s expense reports became public, the Senate stripped him of his position as Rules chairman. The Senate Ethics Committee also rebuked Balfour last year, fined him $5,000 and ordered him to repay the state about $350.
If Balfour returns to the Senate next year, he will have the standing of a freshman despite his 21 years of experience under the Gold Dome.