We’re getting close to the bottom of the 9th inning for those seeking to lead the Georgia Republican Party (the convention technically starts on Friday, but the ballots won’t be cast until Saturday). I know there’s a lot of talk going on about the future of Republicans in our great state, and I do believe we are on the verge of squandering the potential we have to keep the state Republican. Changing demographics, friendly fire, name calling, and at least a couple of credible Democratic candidates will change our political makeup to that of North Carolina, Virginia, or Colorado–those states were reliable Republican states but have been becoming more purple.
The Republican leadership in the state will have to lay out a vision for our state GOP. A vision that attracts the attention of leadership in the district, county, and precinct level. A vision that we can get behind. It will be up to the leadership across the state at the district and county level to broadcast that vision and work to implement it.
So, with that said, I’ll share who I plan on voting for on Saturday in Athens:
For GAGOP Chairman: BJ Van Gundy
I believe BJ really gets it. I like the fact that he understands that you can’t win with just Facebook and Twitter alone. We live in a data driven society, and we have to leverage our data to identify and target our message to the undecided voters. Our message of limited government and maximization of personal liberty isn’t the problem. We must adapt in order to find better ways to share our message with voters and in order to grow our grassroots. I believe BJ has a solid plan.
For GAGOP 1st Vice Chairman: Michael McNeely
I haven’t known Michael all that long, but he seems to me like he’s a solid guy. I believe he will help disseminate the message across the state in an effective manner. I believe he is someone that you could talk to, express your ideas, and at least feel like you had been listened to regardless if he agrees or disagrees. He understands the need to broaden our base, but not to dilute our principles. I believe Michael is a strong, principled man who will excel as our next 1st Vice Chairman.
For GAGOP 2nd Vice Chairman: Doug Grammer
I’ve known Doug for a number of years. I consider him a friend, but that alone isn’t reason enough for him to earn my vote. He’s been in the trenches along with me in various settings. I know that he won’t do anything that he wouldn’t do himself. He has done a lot for the Walker County Republican Party over the years, served with excellence as chairman of the 9th District Republican Party, and did a lot to bolster the Young Republicans in Georgia. He has organized candidate trainings, grassroots trainings, banquets, and other events on the local, district, and state level. He knows the hard work that goes into events in the rural counties to make them successful. I believe Doug would be a great asset to the Georgia Republican Party.
For Assistant Secretary: Kirk Shook
Kirk was working as a field director as I was beginning to make my foray into the College Republicans. He’s a sharp guy. I’m sure a number of folks probably don’t see the assistant secretary position as a prestegious position, but it is a seat at the table and a vote on the executive committee. I’ve spoken to Kirk at length, and I believe he would be a good fit for the Party.
So, there you have it. I’m sure I’ll get ire from many folks, but I’m voting for whom I believe would do the best job for the GAGOP. No matter what happens, I pledge my support to the officers elected at the convention on Saturday. Feel free to respectfully disagree if you will and share who you like in the comments below.