Clarification From The Georgia Republican Party Regarding Precinct Mass Meeting Operations

February 12, 2013 14:57 pm

by Nathan · 14 comments

There’s clarification now from the Georgia Republican Party on the operation of the Precinct Mass Meetings:

Dear Chairman,

In order to avoid any confusion regarding Precinct Mass Meetings, we want to make it clear that each precinct is free to elect, or not elect, delegates and alternates to their County Convention.  However, we encourage them to elect as many likely participants to be delegates or alternates as possible.

Once the Precinct Meeting adjourns the list cannot be altered, any conflicts should be resolved by the Credentials Committee at the County Convention.

Please note, recent media reports regarding a delegate not being elected to their county convention did not reflect all of the details surrounding the situation where a delegate’s name was struck from the delegate list.

While we will work with our counties to resolve issues that arise, remember that following the rules and practicing fairness and respect for others is the best path to a successful mass meeting and county convention.

Hopefully this will clear up the question from observers regarding the statement of Chairman Everhart via Douglas County Chairman Blood from the article in the Douglas County Sentinel from yesterday.

Napoleon February 12, 2013 at 4:41 pm

So we’re supposed to blame the lib’rl media for the mistake and confusion? 😉

Tiberius February 12, 2013 at 7:10 pm

No, but we should blame Brian Tolar for immediately casting this in a racist light and getting everyone running to their respective race relations corner. His line about old white politics seems to be the only primary source of a racist intention.

xdog February 13, 2013 at 8:25 am

Well that and the 3 whites against, 2 blacks for vote that decided matters.

kzh February 12, 2013 at 4:56 pm


Lawton Sack (GATA Eagles!) February 12, 2013 at 5:00 pm

This was sent out to the District and County Chairmen by Brian Keahl, Executive Director, via email.

Napoleon February 12, 2013 at 5:00 pm

It was a email sent out today to party leaders by the ED of the GAGOP. A copy was forwarded to me too.

CadeThacker February 12, 2013 at 5:37 pm

Please note, recent media reports regarding a delegate not being elected to their county convention did not reflect all of the details surrounding the situation where a delegate’s name was struck from the delegate list.

Oh do tell…. This should be good….

Ed February 13, 2013 at 9:05 am

So I don’t really care one way or the other how the GOP does what it does but… do you guys think you might be making this delegate selection process slightly more complicated than it needs to be? And by “slightly more complicated” I of course mean thousands of times more complicated.

jri1515 February 14, 2013 at 10:28 am

Exactly! On the nose Ed.

debbie0040 February 13, 2013 at 9:41 am

In the case of Newton County Mass Precinct, the precinct caucus never voted to elect delegates. They were chosen by the Newton County GOP . The attendees were denied the right to vote for delegates. The only solution to this is for Newton County to hold their Mass precinct meeting again. No other solution would work

Ed February 13, 2013 at 9:53 am

Proof of my above comment. Thanks.

opcode February 13, 2013 at 11:01 am

I wish I could provide proof Ed. There were signs up at the door that cell phones or other electronic devices were not allowed into the meeting. I was there, I can assure you that the people eligible to be delegates were written down waiting for us before we broke out into our caucuses.

jri1515 February 14, 2013 at 10:26 am

Now that the delegate acceptance letters have been sent and possibly received, most of the truth will be realized. I must say it was enjoyable feeding and toying with the gossiping egos.
It was like feeding Koi in a pond and watching the fish lips hit the surface. It just proved that a lot of people involved in politics don’t have a clue what the truth is. They are simply board and like to hear themselves.

Rick Ingram

Justin Tomczak February 13, 2013 at 11:36 am

Following my email in support of sending Michael McNeely to the Douglas County Convention I received reports from half a dozen counties where individuals felt they (or someone they knew) was unfairly excluded from the process. One county went so far as to institute a point system that excluded some who wished to participate. Some folks just don’t get it and would rather shrink our party than work with someone they have an issue with, or who doesn’t meet their personal definition of a “real” Republican.

Cobb County handled things differently and no one (that I’m aware of) in attendance was turned away or denied a spot on the delegate/alternate list. We had some spirited contests for House District leadership posts and not all incumbents were reelected.

Hats off to our Chairman Joe Dendy for leading a great team of volunteers who did an admirable job running the Convention.

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