As we all know by now, Zell Miller has come out in support of Sonny and Ralph Reed. Former State Rep. Wyc Orr writes in this AJC opinion piece that the Democratic Party should remove Zell from its rolls since he is – in Orr’s words – “a Democrat no more.”
Equally reminiscent is the same predictable lack of Democratic response. Just as the national Democrats were struck mute by Miller’s tirade at the Republicans’ last national convention, so far Georgia Democrats have yet to meaningfully answer his latest support for Republican candidates.
While Georgia Democrats can’t control the national party, they can at least call the shots in Zell’s own state. Democrats should do what voter registrars routinely do with registered voters who never vote: Purge ol’ Zell from the list of Democrats for nonparticipation.
Do it with the least fanfare possible. No news conferences or posturing pronouncements from party bigwigs. Just send him a letter, thanking him for his prior service, but informing him that he has been dropped from the party rolls due to his nonsupport and inactivity.
How much weight does Miller’s endorsement actually carry? I’m a big Zell fan, but I’m not going to vote for Sonny or RR simply because of his endorsement.
This lifelong Georgia Democrat supporting GOP candidates is no longer big news. The Georgia Democratic Party is probably doing the right thing in ignoring Zell’s recent actions. Removing Zell from the party would only appease hardline Dems, and would not go over well with many of those moderate voters that both parties so actively seek.