Raymond Boyd, the self-funded newcomer to the Republican gubernatorial race, is in a major dispute with state GOP officials over the party’s insistence that he sign an oath pledging allegiance to the party.
State GOP Chairwoman Sue Everhart said Monday that the oath is spelled out in both party rules and state law.
“We’ve never had anybody who ran as a Republican yet object to it,” Everhart said.
But Boyd said he won’t sign the one-sentence oath, which reads: “I do hereby swear or affirm my allegiance to the Republican Party.”
Instead, Boyd said he offered a compromise. He’d sign an oath that included that sentence but that goes on to say he “will not be bound by any position of the Georgia Republican Party that I do not feel would represent the core principles of that faction of the Republican Party which is referred to by many as ‘Ronald Reagan Republicans.’ I am running as a Republican — a Ronald Reagan Republican. I hereby reaffirm my pledge to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic, and I offer my life in defense thereof.”
Boyd’s version was rejected, however.
It doesn’t end there:
Boyd said he got into a shouting match with Everhart, during which he accused her of behaving like U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). “She didn’t like that,” Boyd said.
Boyd said Everhart accused him of being a Republican in name only, or “RINO,” and suggested he run as an independent.
But Everhart said that’s not true. She said she has no doubt that Boyd is a Republican.
In their defense this isn’t unusual, the LP has an oath as well. There have been attempts to change it at conventions, but it takes 7/8s of the body to approve a change.