Earlier today I received an email from Cobb GOP Chairman Anthony-Scott Hobbs. This passage is from that email:
At the last Cobb County Republican Executive Meeting held on December 5th, 2006, the Cobb County Republican Party took specific positions on prevailing issues affecting our local area. As well, three new committees were created by the board: 1) Legislative Accountability; 2) County Commission Accountability; and 3) School Board Accountability. These committees will interface with their elected bodies and lobby on positions that the Cobb County Republican Party brings forth. They will attend meetings, hearings, and make testimony, and thereafter, report to the Cobb County Republican county committee and our monthly breakfasts.
Reading this it’s clear to me the Cobb GOP takes it as their job to hold accountable their local elected officials, but is this the proper action for the Cobb GOP to take?
The Georgia Republican Party has a platform that represents the general principles around which the Party faithful rally. Not every Republican agrees with every item of the platform and that’s OK – folks in general agreement are most welcome in the Party. Clearly the same is true of our friends in the Democratic Party. I don’t know if the Cobb GOP has a platform, but platforms are general in nature so as to garner as much support as possible. I doubt Cobb has a platform that guides them on specific local issues.
Republicans may agree in principle on a many, many issues but does that translate down to specific proposals under consider by a School Board, or a County Commission? Doesn’t this open up the Cobb GOP to all sorts of controversy? What about those Republicans who may differ with the “official” stance of the Party on a specific local issue – and who decides what “official” stance the Party will take? All legitimate questions I think.
I just see all sorts of problems flowing from this decision and I sincerely hope this idea doesn’t spread to other County Parties.
It’s also important to note that Anthony-Scott Hobbs is rumored to be a candidate for Georgia Republican Party Chairman. Is this the sort of action he would take as State Chairman? Inquiring minds want to know.