Senator David Shafer attended the Gwinnett GOP convention and gives this recap:
I spent most of today in the cafeteria of Peachtree Ridge High School in Duluth as a delegate to the Gwinnett County Republican Convention. Representative Tom Rice did a great job as convention chairman, and we elected a fine team of officers to lead us for the next two years. Greg Howard will remain at the helm as county chairman, and he will be assisted by Brian Doty, new first vice chairman.
Two very good friends, Don Butler and Chris Farris, were elected to the county executive committee as at-large members.
But the most interesting news came from the Presidential straw poll, which had been tacked on to the end of the officer ballot, almost as an afterthought. The delegates were given a choice of a dozen or so candidates. None of the Presidential campaigns were represented at the convention.
The national frontrunner, Rudy Giuliani, placed third, right behind Georgia’s own Newt Gingrich, who finished second. But the winner was former U.S. Senator Fred Thompson of Tennessee, who received more votes than all the other candidates combined.
Congrats to Chris Farris.