David Ralston’s closing argument to the caucus

(Pete’s note: this was sent to members of the Republican caucus late Wednesday afternoon.)

Dear Friends:

First, I want to thank you for talking to me as I have tried to reach out to you over the past few days. Especially at this special time of year, I know it has been annoying at best.

However, our Caucus and the House of Representatives have been confronted with an unprecedented challenge. But challenges are opportunities and I am convinced that we are ready to fix the problems and get about the people’s business.

We are only weeks away from the beginning of a new session. We know what we have to do: agree on a budget in difficult times; water; transportation; and, job creation. These are issues that matter to Georgians at this time.

More than ever, it is important that our Caucus stand together- united and strong. It is time now to turn the volume down, take a deep breath and just vote.

I have made my case. I will trust your judgment. This is about who you want at that podium leading us through this time and going toe-to-toe with the other party. This is about who has the experience of a statewide campaign and who can best lead our team through the 2010 elections. This is about who has the commitment to embracing the changes necessary for us to demonstrate, in a credible way, that business as usual is no longer good enough.

I love this Caucus and I love this House. I will fight to preserve our independence while upholding our Republican principles.

I have the greatest respect for the other candidates. I have not and will not say one unkind word about them. I do not want this job so much that I would resort to tearing down a brother or sister on our team.

Thank you again. I value your friendship. May God bless each of you as you approach this solemn time.

Sincerely,

David Ralston

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