12th District Republican Congressional Candidate Calls For Special District Caucus

February 24, 2014 10:50 am

by Nathan · 3 comments

Ok, we’re not entirely sure if this is grandstanding or a way of gracefully bowing out of the 12th Congressional District Republican Primary, but GOP contender Josh Stone has called for a “special district caucus” for the purposes of “selecting a unity candidate to run against incumbent Democrat John Barrow”:

12th District Republican Congressional Candidate John Stone will today call for a special district caucus to help select a unity candidate to run against incumbent Democrat John Barrow.

WHO: 12TH DISTRICT CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE JOHN STONE

WHAT: NEWS CONFERENCE CALL FOR 12TH DISTRICT CAUCUS

WHEN: 2PM, TODAY

WHERE: STONE FOR CONGRESS CAMPAIGN HEADQUARTERS
4434 Columbia Road, Suite 205, Martinez GA 30909

A couple of things, Georgia doesn’t use a caucusing system in the first place, so I’m not sure what the point would be nor how much participation there would be since this “special caucus” wouldn’t be binding (at least, I don’t believe it would be unless there’s something in the Rules of the Georgia Republican Party that I have missed). Secondly, I don’t believe that this would be endorsed or encouraged by the 12th District GOP or the Georgia Republican Party.

Candidate Stone will probably be going this alone.

Ken February 24, 2014 at 10:58 am

There are better, and more appropriate ways to do this. I agree with Nathan that to the best of my knowledge there are no caucus provisions within the GAGOP.

It will certainly be worth watching, though. I wonder how much authority they will claim, especially if there is little turnout or a turnout limited to Stone supporters.

southernpol February 24, 2014 at 12:00 pm

Looks like they have edited the press release on their website to call it a “special straw poll convention” — https://rally.org/ga12newsupdate#post_8HdMmfILwoS

I don’t think it’ll be worth watching. This is clearly a campaign that is grasping at “straws”.

bkeahl February 24, 2014 at 9:00 pm

21-2-172 allows political parties (County and State) to nominate by convention, not caucus. Additionally, the law does not recognize District Committees at all, being a creation of the party for the purpose of electing delegates from the districts to the National Convention.

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