Ok, yeah, I know, we are supposed to leave the Primaries in the past and not rub in our victory and all that, but I have one last thing to discuss about Ralph Reed, and then he and I are hopefully done for good.
An email conversation that Erick and I had made me really think of something. The conversation came about from an off-handed comment I made about someone in GA politics, and it got me thinking about other people in the world of GA politics, past and present.
This led me to think about some of the events that have happened in relation to the Georgia GOP in recent years, and it hit me: Ralph Reed has been a virus to this Party.
Sure, all of our problems did not come about as a result of Reed, but the more and more I thought about pre-Ralph GAGOP and post-Ralph GAGOP, the angrier I became because Ralph Reed came into the GAGOP and overnight caused controversy, which has inevitably continued up until July 18, 2006.
People who were friends and colleages one day, woke up the next day enemies, divided by Ralph Reed & Co.
Ralph came through Georgia like a whirlwind, faster than Sherman’s troops, and in many ways, doing similar damage to relationships, supporters, friends, and colleagues within the Republican Party.
Even amongst some of the GOP’s greatest victories in history (for which Ralph didn’t hesitate to take the credit), we were being torn apart and eaten alive from within.
During the Reed event this past Tuesday, Ralph commented that his lost does not mark the end of him in Georgia politics.
Well, I beg to differ, Ralph. This indeed is the end of Ralph Reed in Georgia politics. The voters had their say. You have done your damage, and we just can’t afford to keep you around.
So, this is a note to Ralph Reed: Leave the Georgia Republican Party alone! We need to move on without you. We need to mend relationships. We need to build and rebuild. Sure, we’ve had huge wins, but internally, we are waring with each other, and it’s only a matter of time until it catches up with us.
We are lucky to have conservative supporters in Georgia, who are very tolerant. But, they will get tired of GOP leaders wondering around in the wilderness of cluelessness, lacking true leadership, and letting internal politics and division tear us apart.
The GAGOP needs to move into the next generation, away from the Ralph Reed era. We need to support the next generation of GOP leaders, i.e. Casey Cagle, Karen Handel, etc. We need to look beyond 2006, and think about what we can do to build on our success, planning for years into the future. Long after Sonny Perdue and others are gone, we – the future generation of GOP leaders – will be left with what you have done.
We might not know who will come around, and who will prove to be leaders and who will not; however, one thing we do know is that we will never be able to move ahead with someone like Ralph Reed in our shadows, dragging us down with every step we take, one step forward – two steps back.
I agree with the others who have said it is time to unite the Party, but I will not stand by and watch Ralph Reed attempt to continue pulling us down, whether its from the podium or from his current political grave.
Ralph, contrary to your comments on Tuesday, you are done in Georgia politics. Now, leave us alone!