This is a post that could very well make me lose my ability to contribute on the front page, but this is just something I would like to say. Firstly, this is copied from a comment that I had on the post about Ralph’s new website. And, secondly, due to Bobby Khan’s post that was 100% taken from the Democrats’ spin agenda (and a lousy attempt at that), I am putting aside any attempt at journalistic-type comments on the main page, and making a post that is somewhat agenda-based; however, please bear in mind, that this is not my personal agenda – this is based on the way that so many Republicans in Georgia feel about what is currently happening in the GA Lt. Gov race. Consider this more of an op-ed – there is no spin or wild accusations here – just the facts!
Finally, let me say that this isn’t about Ralph and scandals or any of that – this is about who is best in this race. I am putting aside my strategist hat and speaking as someone that deeply cares about the future of the GOP in this state. So, here you go …
There is NOT ONE THING in Ralph Reed’s background or experience that makes him more qualified than Casey Cagle at the position of GA’s Lt. Governor – NOT ONE THING! If you try to argue that FACT, then you should where a sign around your neck that just let’s everyone know that you have no clue what you are talking about, so they don’t waste their time. Many bad or mediocre candidates run b/c there is no one better that can do the job (i.e. Bob Dole) – I am here to tell everyone: THAT IS NOT THE CASE IN GEORGIA RIGHT NOW!
Ralph could drop out of this race completely for the good of the Party, KNOWING that there is an awesome candidate who really has a shot at winning this race in November, and ultimately leading this Party into the future. However, Ralph proceeds in his efforts, which are 100% based on his OWN AMBITIONS to rise to power – his intentions have ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with doing what’s right and best for the GOP or Georgia voters.
So, let’s forget about Ralph’s past – let’s forget about any associations he has with Abramoff, or anything he did against McCain, and his actions early on in CRs – forget it all, b/c I don’t really care anymore. The fact that Ralph Reed is running purely for his own benefit, with total disregard to what is best for the Party and the people of Georgia, when there is a man who will do a great job, is COMPLETELY ENOUGH REASON TO VOTE AGAINST RALPH REED! I hope more GA Republican voters can see just how true that is, and take it to heart when they go into the voting booth in a few months!
I want to urge Republicans in Georgia to contact Ralph Reed’s campaign at 678-957-0000 or www.ralphreed.com to urge him to step aside for the greater good of the Republican Party in Georgia. Let him know that you are tired of hearing about lobbying scandals, Jack Abramoff, and all that typical trash too often associated with politics and that is tearing down the GOP everyday. Thank Ralph for his efforts to help Republican candidates in the past, and maybe even let him know that you support his work for the GOP in the future – just not as a candidate in Georgia. Also, let him know that Casey Cagle is a candidate that has so much potential to help Republicans and Georgians in the future.
The longer we allow sub-standard candidates to run and thrive when there are so many great men and women out there who can do better jobs, the more we will continue decline. If you think that because the GOP tookover the House recently and now dominate state government means that we are smooth sailing from here, then you couldn’t be more mistaken. Let me tell you right now: WE ARE AT RISK! We might not lose all control and leadership in 2006 but EVERY election can potentially lay the groundwork for future loss. So, I encourage GOP voters to think about the long term. Think about what would truly be best for this Party – not in 2006, not in 2008, but think about 5, 10, and 20 years in the future – where will we be and more importantly, who will be leading us?
Finally, think about Ralph Reed vs. Casey Cagle, and ask yourself: based on Cagle’s record and experience compared to Reed’s record and experience, in addition to both of their platforms, can you really say that Ralph would be better, and still be honest with yourself?
So, all that is left to say is: Ralph Reed, please drop out of the Lt. Gov race NOW! Step aside for the good of the Party! Let your friend and GOP colleague, who is extremely qualified, take the roll of furthering the conservative, GOP agenda in office! Put aside your personal ambitions, and just bow out respectfully. The time to do this has come!