I realize the post is just some inside baseball stuff, but please indulge me.
Apparently some people in the Georgia GOP aren’t aware an election is coming up. An email was sent to member’s of the Georgia GOP’s State Committee asking them to support calling a special meeting to fill two open Party positions.
I responded to this email by sending an email of my own to State Committee Members asking them not to support the call for a special meeting – not because the positions don’t need to be filled, but because we’re now, by my count, 44 days to the General Election, and this can be dealt with after November 7th.
Why should we ask people to set aside their important get out the vote activities to drive to Atlanta to elect people to a Party office that will have no impact on the November Elections? For example, Gwinnett GOP Chairman Greg Howard is seeking one of these vacant offices. The meeting time desired by the author of the email is Saturday September 30th at Noon. To attend this meeting, Greg Howard would be forced to miss the Duluth Fall Festival, which is one of the largest such Festivals in Gwinnett. Perhaps the meeting could be held another day you may ask? Good idea. However, there are public events taking place every weekend in Gwinnett between now and Election day. Why should Greg Howard be forced to choose between his duties as Chairman and a State Committee Meeting? Furthermore, according to State Executive Committee Member, and 7th District Chairman B.J. Van Gundy, the State Executive Committee planned to fill the positions at their last meeting, but chose instead to delay the vote until after the November Election. In other words, the positions will be filled very soon and there’s no need for a special meeting.
Now comes the part where I really make some people mad. The email comes from an address called “[email protected]” and asks people to fax a form to 770-966-7448, which is the same fax number used by Cobb County GOP Chairman Anthony-Scott Hobbs (click here and scoll to the bottom of the page for proof). Clearly Hobbs is behind this effort, and is using an anonymous email account as cover (in fact one person I spoke with, thought the email came from the State Party). To what end? Hobbs desires to be State Republican Party Chairman, and is attempting to use this issue to build support.
In my mind, this episode demonstrates that some people in positions of power within the Republican Party have their eyes on enhancing their own power rather than getting Republicans elected.