Speaker David Ralston has a war on his hands. From the Peach Pundit Daily (which you really should sign up to receive if you haven’t already):
Debbie Dooley And Ray Boyd Join Forces To Do Battle With David Ralston. Debbie Dooley of the Atlanta TEA Party is on a mission to see House Speaker Davld Ralston defeated by challenger Sam Snider and she now has an ally in Ray Boyd (who wanted to run for Governor as a Republican but refused to sign a “loyalty oath.”). Boyd has taken out a full page ad in the Elijay Time-Courier in support of Snider and against Ralston. Dooley has vowed in emails to TEA Party supporters to bring her legions to the mountians to campaign against Ralston and has created a “wall of shame” to list House members who dared to attend a campaign event Ralston held last week. Dooley and Boyd may succeed but we’re not holding out breath. Mountain residents don’t like “outsiders” coming in and telling them how to vote.
Is the Atlanta TEA Party leading the charge? I mean, Debbie Dooley’s name is synonymous with the Atlanta TEA Party, right? Those of us north of the metro area (at least, the TEA Party candidates and leadership) talk about being “outside the influence of Atlanta”. So, if that’s the case, then why does it seem that the leader of the Atlanta TEA Party is dabbling in Republican politics outside of Atlanta?
I have heard, and I wouldn’t doubt, that Ms. Dooley was in northwest Georgia advising Steve Tarvin during the special election a few months ago. I also wouldn’t doubt that she might stick her nose in the District 1 House race (I’ve heard rumor of “an army” of TEA Party folks going door-to-door against incumbent Representative John Deffenbaugh, but I don’t know if that would necessarily be connected with Ms. Dooley or not), but I wonder the likelihood of that since the defeat of Speaker Ralston would be a much bigger prize for the TEA Party warrior.