Gossip from Presidential visit…

The visit this past Friday seemed to create little buzz for most folks in Georgia. Of course, there were the typical brown tickets for most, and then green tickets for front of auditorium for “VIPs.” It was apparent that the President was making an effort to keep it non political, as both Ralph Reed and Casey Cagle sat in the “green” section, and there was no recognition of RR by POTUS. The President was flanked by Georgia’s Senators Isakson and Chambliss, as well as a group of Republican county chairs, including the infamous Anthony Scott Hobbs. POTUS was introduced by Governor Perdue, who seemed nervous for some reason. An interesting note worth mentioning was the conspicuous fact that some legislators were miffed because a number got green tickets while others were stuck in the back with brown. There was no apparent reason for the difference.

3 comments

  1. Mark says:

    I do not understand why the President did not recognize Ralph, especially after having personally encouraged him to run for Lieutenant Governor. I was looking forward to the President making his endorsement, but even without an endorsement, he could have easily mentioned Ralph. This does not make sense to me.

  2. GAWire says:

    I am sorry, but that is naive. The Administration, just like the Party will not endorse a GOP candidate in the Primary. Furthermore, the President’s team knows how high-profile this race is, and they knew that even a few words to each other and shaking hands on camera could have appeared as an endorsement and subsequently causing more problems than anyone in the GOP (all levels) wants.

    If you want division within the Party, then endorsing one candidate over another just-as-good candidate will do it. That would divide the Party in GA so fast than we can just say goodbye to all statewide races next year.

    The Party knows this – the Administration knows this. It doesn’t matter if RR and the President are friends or not. The only time you will see an endorsement is after next summer.

  3. jackson says:

    or maybe it is proof that the president DIDNT encourage him to run, as Ralph Reed is fond of telling folks (He told me that personally, as well).

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