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Cobb GOP Resolutions Critiquing Governor Brian Kemp Last Week Stir Controversy

Cobb GOP Resolutions Critiquing Governor Brian Kemp Last Week Stir Controversy

Last week the official Cobb County Republican Party Committee created something of a stir when they met last Thursday and passed several resolutions critiquing and “censuring” (a better word might have been “reprimanding”) Governor Brian Kemp, and calling for protections at all levels of civil government of medical freedom for citizens. The resolutions addressed time-sensitive subjects. The critiques of Governor Kemp concerned his handling of the allegations of election fraud and revisions to the voting system to ensure accuracy, the illegal immigration, and the indiscriminate admission of Afghan refugees.

Cobb RA member Michael Opitz was appointed as the Resolutions Committee Chairman of the Cobb County Republican Party and orally presented the resolutions, some of which were revisions of earlier drafts presented at a previous committee meeting. Supporters of Governor Kemp protested the resolutions on technical grounds, but the resolutions passed the committee overwhelmingly.

The GRA commends the GOP for holding elected officials accountable to Republican principles at all times. If Republicans do not promote their stated objectives, then the Republican Party becomes meaningless. While we have commended Governor Kemp’s performance in certain instances, we have also offered a critique of some of his actions as well. Such critiques are not endorsements of primary opponents, but instructive for all concerned and provide officials such as Governor Kemp the opportunity to correct their missteps before the next election. If Republican officials expect the grassroots activists to get out the vote for them during campaign season, they have a responsibility to listen to their concerns.

Alex Johnson
GRA President Alex Johnson


However, the Cobb YRs put out an email on Saturday condemning the Cobb GOP for passing the resolutions. Cobb RA member Nathan Adams called the author of the message on behalf of the Cobb YRs a “lobbyist, posing as a grassroots leader, tell[ing] you that you can’t hold your elected officials accountable …”. GRA President Alex Johnson added that actually most of the board members for the Cobb YRs have a conflict of interest: “One would think and assume that a YR group is ‘grassroots’. But simply look at the composition of their Board of Directors posted on their website: of the 4 board members listed, one of them works for a politician (a Congressman), and two of the others have businesses tied to lobbying that require politicians to like/support them.”

The GRA disagrees with the Cobb YRs about holding elected officials accountable, and our Board today passed a resolution supporting GOP organizations that have held officials accountable. Accountability helps motivate people to campaign and vote with the assurance that our candidates will do what they profess.

Members of the Cobb RA Executive Committee did, however, urge the Cobb GOP Resolutions Committee to provide copies of any proposed resolutions in advance with the Call of the Meeting in the future, and encouraged any party rules to be changed to ensure such a reasonable practice would be followed.

Brad Raffensperger denied election as GOP Delegate

Brad Raffensperger denied election as GOP Delegate

March 20th, 2021
Alpharetta, GA – Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger was denied election as a delegate in his own precinct this morning at the Fulton County Republican Caucuses. Raffensperger failed to even secure a nomination for delegate. 

“We are sending a message that will be heard all around the state. Raffensperger has got to go” said one participant. 

Raffensperger‘s defeat comes as a shock given that Republican elected officials are often treated like royalty whenever they seek to be made a delegate to anything. 

Raffensperger had sent a note requesting to be made a delegate but no one nominated him and he did not attend the caucus. 

Turnout was very high at the caucus with 60-70% of participants being first time attendees. 

Former Alpharetta Mayor David Belle Isle also announced that he would be a candidate for Secretary of State next year. Belle Isle ran for Secretary of State in 2018, losing the primary runoff to Raffensperger. 

Congressman Jody Hice is also believed to be planning a run for Secretary of State.

State Rep. Kevin Cooke

State Rep. Kevin Cooke

GRA Legislative Score: “A” —

Kevin Cooke currently represents Georgia State House District 18 and is a life-long resident of West Georgia. During his time as a Representative, Kevin stood firm in his belief that we never have to sacrifice conservative values to keep our state the number one place to do business and he was proud to support pro-life legislation as well as every piece of pro-Second Amendment legislation. He has never voted for a tax increase and even supported legislation that cut the Georgia income tax.

 

State Rep. Matt Gurtler

State Rep. Matt Gurtler

GRA Legislative Score: “A” —

State Representative Matt Gurtler has distinguished himself over the last six years as a tenacious and principled constitutionalist, willing to take the fight to the enemy regardless of the pushback. In the 9th Congressional District race, he has been endorsed by U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky), the Protect Freedom PAC, FreedomWorks, and many others. Gurtler has opposed omnibus spending at the state capitol and led the charge for “Constitutional Carry” in spite of relentless opposition from Speaker Ralston. He has won election by 60% or more in his House District twice in spite of Ralston and the Governor campaigning to defeat him. He brings a great deal of energy and determination to the race for Congress.

Among the challengers to Matt Gurtler in the race for the 9th Congressional race is State Representative Kevin Tanner, who has earned a disappointing “F” on his legislative scorecard.

You can learn more and contribute to Gurtler’s campaign at https://www.mattgurtlerforcongress.com/.

Marjorie Greene

Marjorie Greene

Marjorie Greene is a GRA member who has worked tirelessly and boldly to promote small-government, constitutional, conservative values in line with GRA principles in her campaign for the 14th Congressional District. Marjorie and her husband, Perry, have been married 23 years. They have three children, Lauren, Taylor and Derek. Marjorie believes the best part of her life is being a mother and spending time with her family. They have worked together to build Taylor Commercial, a commercial construction and renovation company. The company has since managed a quarter of a billion dollars of construction projects. Marjorie successfully started, grew, and sold a thriving CrossFit gym here in Georgia which has become one of the top CrossFit gyms in the country. Marjorie has a unique perspective on how to succeed from the ground up, through true hard work and financial responsibility. Marjorie graduated from the University of Georgia and received her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.

Congressman Paul Broun

Congressman Paul Broun

Heritage Action Congressional Score: “A” —

Former Congressman Paul Broun previously served with fearless distinction in the U.S. Congress for four terms from 2007 to 2014, and earned the top voting record in Congress. He was endorsed by Congressman Ron Paul(R-Texas) when he ran for U.S. Senate in 2014 because of his consistent integrity for small, constitutional federal government. Prior to politics, he earned a Bachelor’s in Chemistry, worked as a medical doctor for 40 years, and rose to the rank of Commander in the U.S. Navy. Over the last few years he has worked as the President of our GRA-PAC. He brings a great deal of seasoned experience to the race for Congress, and has proven that he cannot be bought by the Swamp in Washginton, D.C.

Among the challengers to Paul Broun in the race for the 9th Congressional race is State Representative Kevin Tanner, who earned a disappointing “F” on his legislative scorecard.

You can learn more and contribute to Paul’s campaign a https://www.paulbroun.com/.