Democrat qualifies for GOP primary in HD-73

Rick Williams has qualified to run in the Republican primary against State Rep. John Yates in State House District 73. He believes that Yates, who is 86 years young, is too old to keep his seat in the Georgia General Assembly. Fine. If that is his belief, then he is entitled to it.

However, there is one problem facing Williams in his quest for this seat. He is a Democrat, not like the fun we poke at Sonny Perdue, but a Democrat that endorses fellow Democrats in the Fayette Citizen and gives money to other Democrats. A Democrat that recruits other Democrats into the Fayette County Democratic Party. A Democrat that married another Democrat that also gives money to Democrats.

So…why isn’t he running as a Democrat?

I have no beef with the guy’s personal political beliefs, other than the fact that he seeks to infringe on my personal and economic liberty by using the police power of government to achieve altruist ends, but he at least needs to be honest about it.


  1. Rick Day says:

    are you guys really having this kind of trouble finding mouth breathers to run for office?

    Sad for Republicans. Good for Realists.

  2. drjay says:

    it does seem a little shady but i tend to believe that if stuff like this is an issue to the voters they will say so at the ballot box–if this guy were to win and switch back to the dems or not vote the way his district wanted, then it will be a short tenure regardless…

  3. drjay says:

    in a broader question–does anone know how easy is it for the parties to control who they allow on their ballots and what recourses do they have to deal w/ these kind of issues???

  4. Skeptical says:

    Jason, being a resident of Covington, why don’t you ask Nancy Schulz that same question. She is by no means a Democrat but she qualified to run as one on the County Commission District 3 race. Is it because she can read the writing on the wall and see that the demographics of this district have changed so much that it’s all but impossible for a Republican to win it outright?

  5. Doug Deal says:

    The two political parties can go take a flying leap, as far as I am concerned. If they have gamed the system so that they can prevent other parties from getting on the ballot without meeting obstacles that are impossible to comply with, the Dems and the Republicans deserve no power to limit who runs under their banner.

    In a more perfect world, anyone who wants to get on the ballot should be able to with simply a reasonable qualifying fee. Then, allow the parties to caucus and put their weight behind any person on the ballot they choose, but everyone else is still on the ballot.

    Until there are other options, it is a bad idea to allow parties to limit the candidates when it is the only real option for getting on the ballot.

  6. Icarus says:

    It doesn’t matter what party Mr. Williams runs in. He lives in Fayette, and unless I’m misinformed, the Whitewater Creek Country Club at that.

    This is a Griffin/Spalding seat, and there is no way that the people of Spalding are going to vote out a true WWII hero for an interloper from Whitewater Creek Country Club.

  7. Jason Pye says:


    The difference between Ms. Schulz and Mr. Williams is that he left a paper trail.

    Her name only brings up articles from The Covington News and her website all list her as being a Democrat.

  8. StevePerkins says:

    Much of the concern expressed here about “what recourse a Party may have” is greatly overblown.

    As a preliminary matter, if the Georgia GOP were worried about Democrats jumping over and running in its primary… then the GOP would still be the minority party in this state. Where do you think all the people who have shifted over the past 10 years came from?

    Secondly, if Republican voters don’t have a problem with it… then it shouldn’t be the place of Party “elders” to bar it from a smoke-filled back room. If I were running against this fellow in the GOP primary, the first thing I would do is point out his Democratic ties to the voters. If it’s an issue, he loses. If it’s a non-issue, then I better find something more substantive to run on.

    At the end of the day, party labels are the dumbest feature of American politics. Each of the two major parties (not even including third-parties) has so many separate factions, many of which overlap with factions in the opposing party. Party labels aren’t so much about grand ideological differences, they’re just glorified “gang colors”… we keep them around because the election system is setup to favor two choices in each race. Treating a political party like a family or a marriage might make sense to hardcore partisan blogger types, but to Joe Sixpack that’s just retarded.

  9. drjay says:

    i am the one mostly asking the “recourse” question and it is b/c i am legitimately curious -not b/c of this case particularly–i tend to agree w/ you that the voters are generally capable of sorting out such things (as i said in my 7:12 post)–when i lived in augusta there was a kid that wanted to run or something (i don’t recall what) and the local gop repudiated him and it seems like they denied him access to their line on the ballot over a picture of him at a david duke rally in 92 that was in the augusta paper–i assume such things are not common, i am certainly to lazy to research it myself and was really just wonderng if anyone else knew what would be involved…

  10. Jason Pye says:

    I don’t believe that you can deny someone to qualify under a certain party banner. I know that Williams was confronted when he qualified about the fact that he is a Democrat, but he was not denied the opportunity to qualify.

  11. Holly says:

    Dr. Jay, if memory serves, he wasn’t denied access to run as a Republican, but the party asked him not to. He got mad and became a Democrat because the Republicans “mistreated” him. I believe he tried to run for mayor not too long ago against Deke.

    Yeah, Deke’s still mayor. . .

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