GA GOP State Convention Live Blog

May 18, 2013 11:25 am

by Jessica Szilagyi · 5 comments

Let the shenanigans begin.

12.05

Grady Hospital test

18.15

2nd Vice Chair: Ron Johnson

17.38

McNeely is the new 1st Vice Chair.

17.27

946-Padgett

637-Johnson

17.14

Dominic Ottoviano wants to know how we can grow the party when those who seek to get active in the party are attacked. 

17.11

Still waiting for chair results.

1st vice speeches complete and now on 2nd vice.

16.29

The motion to suspend the rule for secret ballot passed. Now voting for Padgett or Johnson.

Following elections will not be secret ballot.

16.23

That being 1st and 2nd vice chairmen and asst sec’y.

16.22

IMO, standing votes for the next 3 offices will expidite the convention

-NAS

16.18

Anthony Scott Hobbs puts forth a motion to throw out the rule re:secret ballots after the Chairman vote. Divided, we’re now  counting heads to determine the ballot types.

16.03

1st Ballot

Van Gundy 473

Padgett 659

Johnson 526

No candidates gets majority. Van Gundy will drop from the next ballot.

-NAS

16.01

Tallies

Van Gundy: 473

Padgett: 659

Johnson: 526

15.18

Karen Handel addressing the crowd.

Still waiting…

15.12

Results of round 1 any moment now.

14.54

Congressman Woodall is addressing the crowd now. He says one bill at a time, we will take back our country.

I’m still not over the fact that Seth Harp is out and we will never know how to screw people into office.

14.50

Voting has begun…

14.44

Seth asps pulls a wild card and endorses Padgett.

14.42

Seth Harp is up next. I am thrilled to hear what he has to say…he never disappoints.

14.39

Alex  Johnson gets overwhelming applause throughout his entire speech.

14.28

Martha Zoeller also endorses Padgett….write that down.

14.27

Bert Guy endorses John Padgett. Reminds us that John has been around longer than most of us have been alive.

14.22

Here come the candidates for GAGOP Chairman

-NAS

14.21

Van Gundy up first: but first, Bob Shaw endorses him.

14.18

Jack Kingston is speaking. He keeps using the word “good”. I don’t like “good”. It’s too vague and it part of the reason we are where we are now. “good enough republicans”.

14.11

Jack is now speaking to the convention.

14.11

Carter Kessler challenges the convention rules. Seconded,but vote fails to have rules reconsidered.

14.05

All alternates have been moved up.

14.05

Paul Broun says he is the only candidate in the race who can say he hasn’t requested earmarks. What about Karen Handel?

-NAS

13.58

@Jessica – glad to see your back.

We’re about to start balloting for the various office. Gingrey and now Broun is addressing the crowd. Broun is getting a lot of cheers. I did hear that his reception yesterday evening wasn’t all that well attended. David Pennington apparently had a good turnout at his reception. I heard it was packed.

-NAS

13.50

Time is going so slow that I’ve begun to wonder why people even “do” politics at all. I am losing sight of the ultimate goal…

13.05

My friend and 9th District GOP Chairman Andrew Turnage is credentials chairman.

1745 total souls present

873 for majorty

-NAS

13.02

Looks like we’re about to start getting a report. Doesn’t sound like there are issues, just a lot of folks here today.

Sue is thanking her staf.

 

Here we go with the report

-NAS

12.52

A few more hurumphs from the crowd. Almost 1p and no credentials report.

-NAS

12.48

Rove is talking a lot about fiscal issues. Getting our fiscal house in order and whatnot. He certainly has been getting a few cheers along the way.

-NAS

12.43

Hearing Karl Rove speak to the convention. A couple of boos, but he was well-received by the

-NAS

11.31

Here in Athens and just waiting for the fun to begin. Drama already on deck with a “libertarians and democrats are hijacking your convention” flyer.

GAPolitico May 18, 2013 at 11:35 am

Is it open to the public like the democratic convention?

xdog May 18, 2013 at 12:02 pm

Are there any reps from the newly formed Georgia Integrity Project around?

Jackster May 18, 2013 at 12:05 pm

the better georgia table is giving away Obama range targets. nicely played.

Chris May 18, 2013 at 7:19 pm

“1745 total souls present”

There are 2300 people in attendance. :)

Getitright1 May 19, 2013 at 10:11 am

You goofed at 14:11. That was Justin Freeman, not Carter Kessler, who asked for a vote on the rules.

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