As chance would have it I was at the Capitol watching Josh Clark qualify for the State House when Ray Boyd showed up with press in tow to confront the forces of oppression and conformity that control the Georgia GOP. Here’s a short video of the confrontation.
You can knock the GOP for having a loyalty oath if you want but should the rules be ignored because one person doesn’t like them? I don’t think so. The oath (shown above) is a pretty simply statement that shouldn’t cause anyone any problems. The fact that Boyd has a problem with it makes me think he’s more than a little “out there.”
Someone suggested to me that more might be at work here: Maybe Boyd is having second thoughts and needs a “noble” way out of the race. He won’t be able to collect the signatures he needs to run as an independent, thus refusing to sign the pledge essentially ends his campaign. Better to get kicked out “standing on principle” than blow $2 million on a race you no longer want to be in.
Sure that theory might be loony, but no more loony that Ray Boyd’s refusal to sign a benign statement of loyalty to the Republican Party.