William Perry, the executive director of Georgia Ethics Watchdog, said it’s hard to judge May because he ended the Bowers and Hyde investigation before they were finished. May ordered the investigators to produce a final report as its costs rose after five months of work, with no end in sight.
“He made a very compelling case on every question he was asked,” said Perry, who attended all but one of May’s community meetings. “I’ve come out of this thinking he’s a talented and shrewd politician. You can’t walk away completely exonerating him or persecuting him.