Here is your weekly round-up of campaign updates for the GAGOP that were sent in to us for the week of February 6th:
NOTE: If I didn’t post enough or anything about your favorite candidate for chairman or 1st vice chairman for the state GOP this week, email me press releases or other notes of interest to me by noon on Fridays before the state convention in May. Click here to email me.
Kicking off this week’s digest is Tricia Pridemore announcing another big name supporter: Congressmen Paul Broun and Lynn Westmoreland:
Pridemore in reply to these latest endorsements, “It is an incredible honor to have a conservative stalwart like Congressman Paul Broun, M.D. supporting my candidacy for Georgia GOP Chair. Dr. Broun and I have worked together in my former role as state director of The 9.12 Project. We both share a deep faith in our country, its founding principles and conservative grassroots activism. Dr. Broun along with these fine conservative leaders are supporting my candidacy because they desire a state party that is honest, accountable, and has a vision for the future.”
Congressman Broun’s endorsement “I met Tricia Pridemore while she was directing the Cobb 9.12 group in helping a local Christian charity in Atlanta. Immediately I recognized in her a passion and zeal for this country and its principles. She is an incredible fundraiser, a strong organizer, and a person with impeccable character and faith. I am proud to call her and her husband Michael friends, and will do whatever I can do to see her lead the Georgia GOP into our 2012 showdown against the disastrous policies of the Obama administration.”
New Steering Committee members:
Bob Fink- Chairman of the Rabun County GOP
Lawrence Hammond- Immediate past Chairman of the Columbia County Republican Party, GAGOP State Committee member
Kirk Shook- Chairman of the Oglethorpe County Republican Party
Karen Kemp- 2010 Republican Candidate for House District 150, GOP State Committee member
Jim Richter- Chairman, Fayette-Coweta 912 Patriots, Peachtree City
Previously Announced Steering Committee Members
Dennis Coxwell, 12th Congressional District Chairman, GAGOP
Ivan Figueroa, Councilman, City of John’s Creek
Dr. Karen Mathiak, Chairman of the Spalding County Republican Party
Ray McKinney, 2010 Republican nominee for Congress – 12th District
Michael McNeely, Chairman of Georgia Black Republican Council
Jim Pilgrim, Chairman of the Hall County Republican Party
Eric Johnson, Former President Pro Tempore of the Senate, Former Chatham county GOP chair, and 2010 Republican candidate for Governor.
Jamie Carswell, Immediate Past Chairman, Cobb County Young Republicans
Myron Faircloth, Co-Chairman, South Georgia Young Republicans and Faculty Advisor for the Valdosta State University College Republicans
Micah Gravely, Co-Founder, “We The People” of Paulding County
Brad Hughes, 2nd Congressional District Chairman, GAGOP
Mark Pettitt, Chairman, Georgia Teen Republicans
Ben Satterfield, Long-time Gwinnett Republican Grassroots Activist
Phyllis Gingrey Collins, Cobb County Republican Activist and Campaign Manager
Patrick Cork, Chairman of the Lowndes County Republican Party
Andrew Laarhoven, State Chairman of the Georgia Association of College Republicans
Jay Morgan, Former Executive Director of the GAGOP, 2011 Inaugural Co-Chair and Senior Advisor to Johnny Isakson for U.S. Senate
Robert Potts, Immediate Past President of the Kennesaw State University College Republicans
Lawton Sack, Chairman of the Bulloch County Republican Party and 12th District 1st Vice Chair
Dave Barbee, 10th Congressional District Chairman, GAGOP
Mike Crane, 2010 Republican nominee for the Congress – 13th
Michael Huneke, Bartow County Republican Party Chairman
Carolyn Meadows, former GAGOP National Committee Woman from Georgia, board member of the National Rifle Association and the American Conservative Union
Linda Parker, Past Chairman of the Cherokee County Republican Party, Past Secretary of the GAGOP
Gerry Purcell, 2010 Republican candidate for Insurance Commissioner
Pridemore in reply to these latest endorsements, “I have always respected Congressman Lynn Westmoreland as one of Georgia’s finest representatives in Washington and a true fighter for our conservative cause. I look forward to working with the Congressman Westmoreland as he continues his work with the National Republican Congressional Committee in funding and recruiting candidates to beat Democrats all over the country. Congressman Westmoreland along with the new members of the steering committee embody a state party that is serious about winning elections and giving the grassroots the tools needed to be successful.”
Congressman Westmoreland endorsement “Tricia Pridemore is a proven leader with a distinguished record of success and I have complete confidence in her ability to lead our state party. Tricia also knows and understands the importance of fundraising and I believe she has the ability to attract new donors to our effort and maximize our state parties fundraising potential. I can think of no one better prepared to lead Georgia Republicans against President Barack Obama in 2012 and I am excited to support her grassroots campaign for chairman. She is the right person at the right time to lead our state party.”
Rosalyn Gilreith- President of the Griffin-Spalding County Republican Women’s Club
Bryan Griffis-Chairman of the Wayne County Republican Party
Ashleigh Kenny-Grassroots coordinator and founder of Matter Now
Mike Sabot-GOP state committee member and 1st Vice Chair of Lee County GOP
Adam Clemons-GOP State Committee member
Current GAGOP Chairman Sue Everhart sent out an email reminding that counties with a population of 80,000 or more will have their precinct mass meetings on Saturday thereby starting the convention delegate process:
This Saturday, grassroots networks across the state begin the convention process which will determine delegates to the County, District and State conventions. Precinct Meetings kick-off in a number of counties across Georgia on Saturday at 10 a.m. For a list of February 12 Mass Precinct Meetings, visit www.gagop.org. Counties with populations under 80k will hold their precinct meetings on March 12 at 9:00 a.m., immediately before the county convention.
Georgia Republican Party Chairman Sue P. Everhart is seeking re-election as Party Chairman at the State Convention in Macon in May.
Under the leadership of Chairman Sue Everhart, the Georgia Republican Party has grown its majority to an unprecedented level. In 2008, Georgia went against the national tide and delivered for John McCain and re-elected U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss. In 2010, Republicans swept every constitutional office, re-elected U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, and added to the majorities of the U.S. House and Georgia General Assembly.
Sue is a proven leader, determined grassroots advocate and a seasoned fundraiser. With critical events such as redistricting and a presidential election on the horizon, Georgia Republicans need experience at the helm of the GAGOP. Proven leadership will make the difference in 2012.
Vote for the winning team in Macon on May 14th!
Doug Grammer released the 2nd part of his introductory email:
Too often, delegates at state conventions are asked to vote for people with whom they are not very familiar. Sometimes, the voter simply believes what is in a flyer, in who a friend suggests, or what has been relayed through a robo-call. With an email, one has an option whether to open or ignore it.
For those who want to learn more about me, I am going to share some of my history with the GOP. I’ll be sending out several emails on different stages of my involvement with the GOP, and occasionally, they will reference each other. I hope you enjoy.
In 1992, I attended the National GOP Convention in Houston Texas. It was the first time I remember meeting Johnny Isakson. Somewhere along the trip, I met Kristina Tobin, now Tobin-Nesbitt, who was the Georgia Federation of Young Republican Clubs Chairman. Shortly after I got back, I along with at least 9 other friends, founded the Northwest Georgia Young Republican Club. It’s still going today.
For those who don’t know, the YR’s range in the age of 18 to 40. I have always though they should change the name nationally to the Young Professional Republicans, but that’s just my opinion. If you don’t have a YR club in your area, go to http://www.georgiayr.com/
We worked on a few local campaigns and I attended my first of many GFYRC state conventions. One of the members of my club was elected GFYRC National Committeeman. I also went to my first of many Young Republican Leadership Conferences.
In 1993, I went to my first national YR convention which was in Charleston West Virginia.
I think that’s the year that I was first elected as Co-Chairman of the GFYRC. Rick Richardson, current Fourth Congressional District Chairman, was elected Chairman at the time I was elected. I have met a lot of good Republicans across the state of Georgia through the YR’s, many of which I still consider close friends. I traveled over the state getting to know YR’s from different clubs.
For those who read my last “getting to know Doug,” you realize at this point I was a statewide officer in the CR’s in TN, and at the same time, I was a statewide officer in the YR’s in Georgia.
Somewhere along the way, we decided to bid for the national YR convention. Long story short, we won, had lots of VIP attendees, and raised a lot of money to help YR’s win public office here in Georgia. Atlanta 95 was a great success.
I was elected to a second term as Co-Chairman, this time with Ed Kelly as Chairman. However, I didn’t complete my term. I felt a calling to try my hand at public service.
More on that later.
Here are the key things I’d like you to remember from this note:
1.) I went to a national RNC convention as a guest. I didn’t mention it, but I went to the New York RNC convention as an alternate in 2008.
2.) I am a self starter. Founded the NW GA YR club in 1993.
3.) I support members of my team, helped getting a member of my club elected to a statewide office.
4.) I traveled not only across Georgia, but to DC, and now other parts of the nation to support the GOP and to promote Georgia.
5.) I have made life long friends through my participation in the GOP.
6.) I achieved statewide leadership in 2 different GOP organizations in 2 different states at the same time.
8.) Those funds raised went to elect Republicans.
9.) Helped host a national GOP convention.
10.) Elected to statewide YR office
11.) Young Republicans
Justin Tomczak also encouraged people to get involved in the convention process this Saturday:
Marietta, GA – February, 10 2011 – This Saturday’s Mass Precinct Meetings – for counties with populations exceeding 80K – are an important step towards the vote atthe State Convention in May. To learn more about how you can take part in your county, please visit the Georgia Republican Party’s website. For those of you living in these counties, this meeting is an important event and a great recruiting tool for introducing new people to the process. For those of you living in counties with fewer than 80K residents your meetings will be held March 12th, immediately preceding your County Convention. Every county is critical to our statewide grassroots network and I am proud to have support from friends and fellow conservatives from all across this great state!
Our campaign for 1st Vice Chairman of the GAGOP is in the middle of another productive week on the campaign trail. On Saturday I spoke to 150 or so folks at the Gwinnett GOP Breakfast, then joined the Georgia Federation of Republican Women (GFRW) and had the opportunity to speak to their membership. It was a great day! Monday’s Georgia Association of College Republicans (GACR) candidate forum provided a great opportunity to spread the campaign’s Grassroots in Actionmessage to some of the hardest working Republicans in this state. The GACRs are hosting a President’s Day Dinner that will help them raise funds for the mission ahead. The event features the candidate from my favorite campaign commercial of 2010. I am honored by the strong support I have from within the GFRW and the GACRs and look forward to working with them as 1st Vice Chair.
We are honored to have received campaign contributions ranging from Clayton, GA to Clayton County this week! These contributions enable us to get our message out all across this great state. If you are able, please consider investing in this campaign.Over the next few days we will be at events in multiple counties and our financial supporters make this possible! Thank you in advance.