Breaking: Boyd out as Republican candidate

The Georgia Republican Party has denied Ray Boyd’s attempt to run for governor after the political newcomer refused Monday to sign their loyalty oath.

In a polite but tense showdown at the state Capitol, party attorney Anne Lewis told  Boyd that since he refused to sign the oath, “we’re unable to qualify you.”

Boyd said he will immediately begin preparations to run as an independent.

Boyd, a commercial real estate broker from Morgan County, burst onto the state’s political scene in March when he created a campaign committee funded entirely by $2 million of his own money. He said he intended to run for governor as a Republican and said the other seven candidates already running were too ethically challenged to serve.

Last week he participated in a Republican candidates’ debate, but meanwhile had already began a dispute with state party leaders over their requirement that he pledge allegiance to the party.

Boyd said he objected to the loyalty oath, which says the signer pledges allegiance to the GOP, because the party is far from perfect and he wouldn’t swear to always support the party’s actions. He tried for a compromise by producing three variations of the oath, all of which elaborated on the original by declaring his independence from party dogma when appropriate.

As Boyd laid out his documents on a conference room table at the Capitol, party chairwoman Sue Everhart was standing over him. “No,” was all Everhart said.

Afterward, Everhart said she believes Boyd is “grandstanding” by refusing to sign an oath that more than 150 candidates signed on Monday, the first day of qualifying for candidates. Qualifying ends at noon Friday.

“Our party has rules,” Everhart said. “I can’t break the rules. I don’t want to change the rules.”

State law allows, but does not require, parties to require the oath and the GOP does. The Democratic Party does not have an oath.

Boyd, meanwhile, blamed the dust up on Gov. Sonny Perdue, whom he claims has “anointed Karen Handel to be governor. He must think this is the best way to get her there.”

Handel, the former secretary of state, is one of seven other Republican candidates for governor.

Should Boyd decide to make a bid for governor as an independent, he will have his work cut out for him. State law requires that he collect signatures from registered voters calling on his name to be included on the ballot in November. The law says he must get signatures from 1 percent of the number of registered voters eligible to vote for governor the last time the office was up for election. There were more than 5.1  million registered voters in 2006, meaning he would need 51,000 signatures.

Boyd has until noon on July 13 to file the petition with the secretary of state’s office.

196 comments Add your comment

Jeff

April 26th, 2010
2:10 pm

Maybe he can qualify as a Georgia Constitution Party candidate? Their convention is in just under two weeks, and I’m sure they would LOVE to have a self funder with his level of money to burn.

Publius

April 26th, 2010
2:25 pm

Just like the Repubs to require everyone to carry their party line. Funny how they call Obama “socialist” when this loyaly oath business sounds like something Stalin would have written. Heaven forbid any Repubs think for themselves.

Michael

April 26th, 2010
2:25 pm

The GOP is crumbling. I don’t even know why I’m a Republican anymore. This party doesn’t represent me any longer.

Steve

April 26th, 2010
2:26 pm

I’m all for supporting an independent candidate. Too bad the concept is a bit too revolutionary here in the Land of Partisan Idiocy.

Elliot Garcia

April 26th, 2010
2:27 pm

I’ll take anybody but a Democrat…they have proven to be clueless! We want jobs, not healthcare, immigration bill or cap & trade…..It’s JOBS dummies!!!

Steve

April 26th, 2010
2:28 pm

Interesting observation, Publius. I eagerly await the sh!t storm of fallacious rebuttals from brainwashed GOP loyalists.

J

April 26th, 2010
2:29 pm

Where in the Constitution does it say you need a party to run for office? As a matter of fact our first President, George Washington, warned “against the spirit of party” prophecising what we have today. I am very interested in this guy.

Carrie

April 26th, 2010
2:30 pm

Follow the rules or play somewhere else! The GOP is not crumbling, it’s gaining momentum – just watch in November!

DemForBoyd

April 26th, 2010
2:30 pm

Maybe the GOP should try pledging their allegiance to the United States of America instead of their party.

Juan Carlos Diego Raul Sanchez

April 26th, 2010
2:34 pm

Crap this opens the chance that that drunk troglodyte Roy “MEAT me in the rest area” Barnes may win…there is nothing worse than that weird southern sweet man Al Gore like lisp

Friend of GOP

April 26th, 2010
2:34 pm

I am an independent who often votes for the GOP. This is the type of junk that makes me an independent. I don’t care about either party pledges. I am fed up with both parties.

I wish both parties would put the people first and the party 4th or 5th ;) . There has to be something more important at 2nd and 3rd.

Robert

April 26th, 2010
2:35 pm

I pledge allegiance to the Party of No and to the obstruction of justice for which it stands….

mindless morons

April 26th, 2010
2:35 pm

Amen …DemForBoyd. They only care about power, NOT America.

masivatack

April 26th, 2010
2:36 pm

We want jobs, not healthcare, immigration bill or cap & trade…..It’s JOBS dummies!!!

concerned

April 26th, 2010
2:37 pm

Hey Carrie – the GOP is “gaining mementum” — maybe, but not here in Georgia; not in the United States; and, not in the Western Hemisphere. You see, most people don’t have such short memories. President Obama inherited what my grandfather would call a “sh$t salad” left to him by President Mission Accomplished. Here at home, Governor Sells Islands, seems to be content riding out his second term by handing out coastal land to his blue-blooded developer friends. Lastly, it took the GA Supreme Court to stop to GOP from essentially taking away our right to trial by jury. If the GOP is “gaining momentum” i think we need to re-define physics. Very sad that folks still view this platform as viable.

reebok

April 26th, 2010
2:37 pm

this mindset is what is going to give Obama a sure re-election in 2012…the GOP is so intent on catering to the fringe that they are dooming themselves to being a regional (southern) party, knocking down a snappy 30-35% of the vote in any national election.

Al

April 26th, 2010
2:38 pm

Is this the fellow who took pride in saying that the 8 foot high fence surrounding his hundreds of acres estate and 6000 square foot house means “say the hell out?”

“Six feet says stay out,” Boyd said. “Eight feet says stay the hell out.” http://www.ajc.com/news/newcomer-shakes-up-race-491385.html

Boyd is welcome to do what he wants with his land and his money. It’s a free country. But whether Republican, Democrat or Independent, I would not vote for such an arrogant, self-centered creature for anything. I am privileged to have built my own fortune too, but I wouldn’t sic the dogs on my less fortunate working class neighbors.

“Stay the Hell OUT” he says. “But don’t forget to vote for me!”

Nuts

GOP For Boyd

April 26th, 2010
2:39 pm

Ray Boyd is too honest o run as a Republican.. Good to have a man who pledges for the state and not the party.. YOU GO ROY..

Really?

April 26th, 2010
2:39 pm

Hey Stevo and Publius, the dems. require the same thing. If he wants to run as an independent, then he can. That gives Stevo somebody to support. Publius, I believe the last guy who broke rank with Stalin Party over support for the war effort found himself without a home. It is politics; if you can’t handle it then you should stop reading and get you info from the communist news network (CNN).

Scott

April 26th, 2010
2:39 pm

Boyd is right about this year’s Republican governor’s candidates. All ethically challenged, just terrible. The Democrats aren’t really much better. Maybe he can run as an independent. 44,000 signatures is pretty doable.

Mike McCollum

April 26th, 2010
2:40 pm

What struck me as strange in this story was the party chairwoman Sue Everhart’s deadpanned “NO” when Boyd presented some practical alternatives. Doesn’t this sound like “the party of no” at the federal level as well? She could have at least said that she would present the alternatives to State GOP and see if they could find a compromise. I think PUBLIUS was right in saying this sounds Stalinesque. It’s the health of the party over the health of the state. Let’s leave OBAMA out of the arguments in this thread and stick to the GA GOP. Seriously, a loyalty oath? Is this the Cub Scouts? I’m a DEM, but this Boyd has some balls. I like him, and maybe he could get some Moderate Dems on his side. Keep up the good work AJC staff, and no, I didn’t mean that ironically. I think you all are doing a good job under the circumstances.

publish the state budget

April 26th, 2010
2:41 pm

concerned – you’re pathetic

Bosch

April 26th, 2010
2:41 pm

How can the GOP party tell him he can not run? I would tell them to shove it and proceed – even as a Republican if that’s what I wanted.

concerned

April 26th, 2010
2:43 pm

Hey Really? my hunch is that you get your “news” from FOX. Last time i saw Fox, their two “contributors” were Karl Rove and Dick Cheney…fair and balanced…..maybe on an obesity-qualified scale. If Fox just admitted its connection with the GOP people would respect it more. Bottom line—even Fox’s spin can’t make people forget where our 401ks were and where our country was during the 8 years of a mentally challenged President.

Dennis

April 26th, 2010
2:43 pm

Boyd may be grandstanding, but here is one case where it worked. Just by taking the position not to sign the oath he earned my respect and vote. It would be refreshing to have a politician who voted his constituents’ will and his conscience, rather than strictly his or her party line – Republican or Democrat.

mikewho

April 26th, 2010
2:43 pm

I’m a life long Republican. I’m looking for a new party. I’m not a liberal or a blind conservative. I am a man who likes to be reasonable, moral in judgement and responsible for my own actions. Party Wanted!

wondering

April 26th, 2010
2:44 pm

Always wondered how they managed to keep everybody toeing the line. So what happens if someone, GASP, votes opposite to how they are told to vote and they are a Rep? Think they might be punished by having their chairmanships and committee assignments revoked? Ask Jeff Chapman what happens when you don’t vote the way the party dictates.

concerned

April 26th, 2010
2:44 pm

hey published—that is the sort of higher thinking and commenting that led your Goddess to declare that she was qualified to run the nation because she “could see Russia from her backyard.” Sweet. I guess I can run Coke because I can see their headquarters while knocking back a chili dog at the Varsity. But seriously, well founded and solid commentary on your part. You may wish to return to the counter….I think two customers are waiting on their Big Macs.

Jethro

April 26th, 2010
2:45 pm

Ray Boyd just got my vote! Sue Everhart is a – well, some choice name shall remain unprinted. I hope that this is the end of the GOP Mafia in Georgia, and that the Republican party is returned to the voters of Georgia. Actually, I do have one printable word for Ms. Everhart: coward.

Todd

April 26th, 2010
2:45 pm

I like this guy! Mike I would like the ajc if I were a Dem.

conservatives' rules

April 26th, 2010
2:46 pm

Boyd could do what the rest of the Repubs do. just sign it and do what they please after that.

[...] The Republican Party of Georgia was successful in keeping Ray Boyd (website) from qualifying his run for governor after he refused today to sign their loyalty oath. [...]

[...] The Republican Party of Georgia was successful in keeping Ray Boyd (website) from qualifying his run for governor after he refused today to sign their loyalty oath. [...]

Steve

April 26th, 2010
2:47 pm

Concerned: “blue-blooded developer friends”? Surely you meant “white trash with cash”.

Jethro

April 26th, 2010
2:48 pm

Carrie – run along and play now, little girl. The adults are talking.

Matt

April 26th, 2010
2:48 pm

If the man has the money and will to run than let him run. I don’t agree with signing an oath b/c it takes the objectivity out of the entire process. When did we start to play by only a certain set of rules. Isn’t the reason we elect different people to get new ideas? I don’t know much about him but if he wants to run as an independent then let him. He can use the oath as a battle cry against the rest.

FedUp

April 26th, 2010
2:48 pm

Those stupid ballot access laws strike again. Neither the Dems nor the Repubs have to do anything to get on the ballot. They sure have set up a nice election monopoly for themselves. I applaud Boyd – and his 8-foot high fence – for sticking to his principles instead of some party line. Brings to mind John Galt. Thus far, he’s got my vote.

KnightInATL

April 26th, 2010
2:49 pm

It’s amazing to see how little (if any) coverage a third-party candidate gets. John Monds has more integrity and morals than any Republican or Democrat running in this election. Yet, because he’s a Libertarian, he is constantly overlooked by local media.

Just A Grunt

April 26th, 2010
2:50 pm

I hope people on both sides of the political spectrum will sign the petition to allow this guy on the ballot. Truth is I know zip about the guy but I think anybody who wants to run should be allowed and I ain’t too gung ho about those loyalty oaths either. That is part of bigger problem we have with elected officials nowadays.

There is no harm in signing a petition to put this guy on the ballot and letting the voters decide.

Jeff

April 26th, 2010
2:50 pm

mikewho:

Might I recommend this Party?

Full disclosure: I was just elected to my second term on its Executive Committee.

Ronin

April 26th, 2010
2:51 pm

The idea that you have to be part of the “two party system” or get 440,000 signatures is moronic. The Dems and GOP have created the current system of political gridlock. The libertarians are still years(if ever) from being a major political power. The current two party systems doesn’t want more competition nor do they actually want to improve anything, other than their power base.

Change the tax code and you’ll remove the teeth from the monster called government. Taking your money at gunpoint only to return it to the current local political hack’s pet projects. Oh my, how generous.

Jethro

April 26th, 2010
2:51 pm

Enter your comments here

CJJScout

April 26th, 2010
2:51 pm

I may vote for this cat just because he didn’t sign that crap. Both parties suck.

voice of reason

April 26th, 2010
2:51 pm

im tired of the republican’s screwing us over. horrible budget mess heres an idea cut into the college system of Ga. its all about putting money in their pocket in the end of the day and thats what the party is based on greed

conservatives' rules

April 26th, 2010
2:51 pm

if it comes down to Roy Barnes or Casey Cagel, Boyd may look OK to voters.

Dennis

April 26th, 2010
2:51 pm

And while I’m at it, concerned – am I wrong that it is the Congress – especially the House of Representatives, that is responsible for the financial authorizations of the country? And am I wrong when I seem to remember that for a “few” of those Bush years, there was a Democratic Party majority in that Congress? I was never a Bush enthusiast, but at least you knew where he stood on an issue. Clinton’s ability to change his position depending on the direction of the wind was historic. And now Obama makes him look like George Washington who “never told a lie.”

Thomas

April 26th, 2010
2:55 pm

concerned — that wasn’t Sarah Palin that said she could see Russia from her backyard. It was Tina Fey on Saturday Night Live. So much for your well informed commentary.

By the way — I’m a Republican and there is no way I would vote for Sarah Palin or any of those running for Governor of Georgia this time. Or any of the Democrats either.

Sick & TIred Of Being Sick & TIred

April 26th, 2010
2:55 pm

Steve – Looks like you got your wish……Elliot Garcia has taken up the GOP banner!!!

It is interesting to me that these same people who scream socialism and other name calling don’t want the same healthcare provisions that they are paying for their congressional representatives to have, without them paying any kind of deductables or caps on the costs. If you want jobs, then quit shopping at stores like Walmart that purchase a huge quantities of their products/goods from 3rd world and developing countries where the labor is dirt cheap so that they can continue to make huge profits and bonuses for their top executives, not the store employees. CHANGE IS ALWAYS DIFFICULT especially when there are so many who profit from the keeping things the status quo.

Andrew G

April 26th, 2010
2:56 pm

I think this shows how lame the GOP has become. They needed someone like this to help redefine the party. We do not need a Perdue understudy. Sonny Perdue is running the state into the ground. We the people pay more taxes than all the businesses combined. Check it out here on the Governor’s website on (page 7 and 9): http://www.opb.state.ga.us/media/12300/state_of_georgia_budget_fy_2011.pdf

john

April 26th, 2010
2:56 pm

Yet another endearing quality of the GA GOP. A loyalty oath.

wang chung

April 26th, 2010
3:00 pm

God forbid someone stand up to a party. All the GOPers are loose their freakin minds cause someone said no to them. Way to go Boyd, but that doesn’t mean that you get my vote. You might if you have some common sense.

C

April 26th, 2010
3:01 pm

If you think the dems don’t do the same thing, then you are truly a moron. Take a look at what happens when you do not tow the liberal line. I give you Joe Lieberman as example A.

TW

April 26th, 2010
3:01 pm

This independent may vote for him on principle alone. A loyalty oath?? Really??

I like what I hear about this guy already.

Russ

April 26th, 2010
3:01 pm

Karma’s a bitch. This nasty character deserves everything that’s happening to him right now. He didn’t know about the loyalty oath BEFORE he dropped $2 mill to get into the race? What a goober! 44,000 signatures before July? Snowballs in hell have a better chance than Boyd.

Barbara

April 26th, 2010
3:01 pm

Get your petition ready I will sign it. I don’t like dictators. In fact I don’t like either party. Too many wolves. I don’t think you should have to choose a party. In my opinion they are obsolete. Oh by the way I have been around a long time I am not new to this game.

Johnny

April 26th, 2010
3:02 pm

Loyalty Oaths? Sounds like something Hitler would require

emack06

April 26th, 2010
3:02 pm

Talk about indoctrination. I do not want to hear another reThug hypocritically accuse Pres. Obama of indoctrination.

Big Al

April 26th, 2010
3:02 pm

mikewho. Excellent post. I feel nothing but total frustration with the republican party of today. I have voted republican almost all of my life, but am looking for major changes. Don’t think it is coming from the present leadership.

Russ

April 26th, 2010
3:02 pm

if you really want to know what Raymond Boyd is like, go to: http://www.DumpDC.com today the 26th and read the article.

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April 26th, 2010
3:02 pm

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Michael

April 26th, 2010
3:04 pm

I don’t generally like Republicans, but Boyd sounds like somebody I’d vote for. After eight years of Governor Bubba there’s nowhere to go but up.

Jeff

April 26th, 2010
3:04 pm

To those commenting about the requirements if not D/R, I invite you to this FB group, where we are actively fighting the fight for genuine Equal Ballot Access in the State of Georgia – for EVERYONE.

Way to Go!

April 26th, 2010
3:04 pm

While I am still supporting David Poythress in the primaries, I would be more than willing to sign the petitition for Boyd to gain Ballot access. He has proven to have some principals here with this stand.

No political party should have loyalty oaths. In fact, I think this article basically has told me to never vote for a republican because I find the loyalty oath to be a deal breaker.

A. E. Norton

April 26th, 2010
3:05 pm

Note to Elliot Garcia. Mr. “Anybody but a Democrat”. Maybe you can sign the Republican oath when the Arizona Republican laws spread here to Gwinnett..and they are hauling your Ass out of the country based on your last name…

D

April 26th, 2010
3:05 pm

what do you expect from the republican party, allegiance over what might be best for America, nothing matters but blind faith in a standardized party line, it would be nice if life were so simple, but it’s not. remember these are the same people that think hitler was a socialist, no stupid, hitler was a dictator, no sharing there. governments are necessary so that we don’t just having roaming bands of thugs raping, killing and stealing at will, every gov’t has a bit of soicalism in it, you can’t have people working together whithout a little socialism. so get over the word that has been used to scare you by the people who want to limit your freedoms. many times people won’t call themselves what they really are, the nazis called themselve’s socialist, just like the soviets that were communist called themselve’s socialist. remember the people’s democratic republic of north vietnam or korea?
i hear the people who say they follow Christ say ‘what would Jesus do?’ in certain situations and a i thought to break that down a little further and ask ‘what would a christian do?’, and think about it, in most situations, a christian would not do the same thing that Jesus probably would have.

F-105 Thunderchief

April 26th, 2010
3:06 pm

Our laws need to be changed if someone has to be able collect 51,000 signatures to qualify to be on a statewide ballot. If you are a legal resident, you ought to be able to run.

jarvis

April 26th, 2010
3:07 pm

Stop buying at Walmrt? Is that really a solution?
Last time I checked, they employ about 1.5 million people.

By the way, if mom and pop can’t compete with Walmart, maybe they should be doing something else.

asdflkj

April 26th, 2010
3:07 pm

I applaud the guy for refusing to sign an oath to a party. His only oath should be to the state constitution, the state’s residents, & the US Constitution, not to a party.

That’s actually very scary that they insist on one.

Thomas

April 26th, 2010
3:08 pm

Usually, a loyalty oath to an organization or to a nation state is created during a time of social tension when people wish to guard against behavior like advocating fundamental change in the organization. Yep, it would be a terrible thing to have new ideas imping on your reality.

Republicans – can’t vote for them.
Democrats – can’t vote for them
Third Party – can’t get elected.
We’re screwed.

Boss Hawg

April 26th, 2010
3:09 pm

Stupid laws – Let everybody go strapped everywhere and let the best man win. That’s the GOP way! What happened to freedom? No more PC. We don’t need no stinking LAWS! Except for the ones on women, foreigners and Democrats.

professional skeptic

April 26th, 2010
3:10 pm

Didn’t he get the memo? Signing on with the ‘Pubs means surrendering all independent thought and any sense of individuality. So says Rush Limbaugh, so shall it be.

shooby doop doop

April 26th, 2010
3:11 pm

I don’t where MR. Boyd stands on the issues but I do like that he won’t sign the loyalty oath. I think it would be good to have an Independent in office.

shooby doop doop

April 26th, 2010
3:12 pm

I don’t know where

The Cynical White Boy

April 26th, 2010
3:14 pm

Heck, I predict that he’ll create an online petition and exceed the number of signatures he needs.

I’ll sign. Just for the sheer fun of watching the Donkeys and the Elephants sweat a little bit. Competition is good.

jarvis

April 26th, 2010
3:14 pm

Not to mention….cutting out foreign manufacturers would be a huge hit to the US economy. We are still among the world leaders in raw material exporting.

For instance, we export more cotton than the next three countries combined. Sounds like some farmers would be having a rough time if we cut out Walmart’s foreign trade partners.

RainbowMittens

April 26th, 2010
3:16 pm

Isn’t that what the Nazis demanded, a loyalty oath?

Rule .303

April 26th, 2010
3:19 pm

I’d love to see that oath. I bet you must promise to commit at least one DUI and one affair with a lobbyist while in office.

James

April 26th, 2010
3:19 pm

But above all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath: but let your yea be yea; and your nay, nay; lest ye fall into condemnation.

Archie Bunker

April 26th, 2010
3:21 pm

This meatheaded move by the Republicans will put Roy Barnes back in the capitol.

chemist007

April 26th, 2010
3:22 pm

Hey Mr. Boyd show me a petition I would love to be the first one to sign it.

Reality

April 26th, 2010
3:22 pm

In GA, I’ll take anybody but a republican. They have ruined education to the point of extinction. They are morally and ethically bankrupt in this State, and this “loyalty” crap is just one example.

csquared

April 26th, 2010
3:24 pm

sign zee papers, just sign zee papers. You must sign. Now which party sounds like a certain brushy lipped dictator in the 1930’s and 40’s? This was a stunt by Boyd and they played right into his hands. Of course he knew about the oath, and knew they’d be stupid enough to demand he sign it.

Bill

April 26th, 2010
3:27 pm

Tell the Ga Republican party this – As a guy who CRIED at Reagans grave site (at his Library, back yard, overlooking the valley) – I am no longer a republican – party politics is killing this country – see comments from Republican leaders in Washington = oh, the Democrats this and that, but in Ga, the repubs are in CHARGE and still will not do what is right and reduce the DEBT.

I will not vote for a politician that swears a loyality oath.

Call me a Tea partier that is not married to any formal party.

SWAT Native

April 26th, 2010
3:32 pm

This could be the best publicity (and campaign ad) that he could ever get. I agree with Jeff, he should now run as a Libertarian.

Also, I loved his crack that his 8-foot fence means “stay the hell out”!

Roja

April 26th, 2010
3:32 pm

This state already has too many “yellow dog democrats”. In case you don’t know what that is, it is a person who would vote for a yellow dog as long as it had a “D” beside the name on the ballot. That’s how Obama got elected.

Michael

April 26th, 2010
3:32 pm

Just because you are a “republican” doesn’t mean you get to run for their spot on the ballot unless you do what they say. So he can either run as a democrat and do and say whatever he wants or get his $51,000$ signatures.

[...] The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Aaron Gould Sheinin brings us word that Boyd will now be running as an independent: The Georgia Republican Party has denied Ray Boyd’s attempt to run for governor after the political newcomer refused Monday to sign their loyalty oath. [...]

mel

April 26th, 2010
3:35 pm

Voters of GA – please think before you blindly check the box next to the GOP! The legislature is useless and will continue to be until they think they might actually have to do what the people want in order to get re-elected.

I’ll sign his petition, I might not vote for him, but everyone should have the right to run – without some loyalty oath uselessness.

BigTimeTECHFan

April 26th, 2010
3:36 pm

I wish Herman Cain would run for Governor.

DH

April 26th, 2010
3:38 pm

A split, angry white guy electorate come November? That’s bad news for Republicans.

The state GOP powers-that-be will try every trick to keep from certifying his run, which will create a sh*t storm of bad pub for the GOP this summer.

Jeff

April 26th, 2010
3:38 pm

SWAT Native:

No thanks, he CAN’T run as a Libertarian – and I personally wouldn’t want him to. We nominated our candidates at our convention 48 hrs ago, and we nominated <a href="http://www.votemonds.comJohn Monds for Governor.

If Mr. Boyd wants to go as a Party, his best shot is the Constitution Party, whose convention is in just under 2 weeks (May 8) in Austell.

Grumpy

April 26th, 2010
3:42 pm

I’ll sign his petition. 1 down, 50,999 to go.

Georgia Conservative

April 26th, 2010
3:44 pm

MikeWho and others seeking an alternative to the GOP, please check out Georgia’s newest political party.

http://theamericanconservatives.org/cms/

Georgia has a state party that is up and running. I’m on the Board of Directors.

Devildog

April 26th, 2010
3:44 pm

Only loyalty oath I want to hear from a politician is the same one I gave to the Marine Corps in 1956–I swear to defend the Constitution of the United States.
Boyd has some rough edges but he refuses to be a party hack and I can respect that.

Say wha?!

April 26th, 2010
3:44 pm

Making someone sign an oath of loyalty is SO UN-AMERICAN! It sounds like something a socialist would make you do… You better believe in everything they do or say or else! What communists are running the GOP these days?!

The Smurfs

April 26th, 2010
3:45 pm

What a way to run off slightly younger blood and new ideas of thinking….too bad for the GOP.

Kay

April 26th, 2010
3:48 pm

CONCERNED FOR GOVERNER!

Georgia Conservative

April 26th, 2010
3:51 pm

F105: Georgia has some of the most oppressive ballot access laws in the country. The two major parties have the system rigged.

timthebrave

April 26th, 2010
3:56 pm

I’m sick of both parties. They both would rather see america fall apart then go against their party or lose power

Mit

April 26th, 2010
3:56 pm

May be we need to have a Pee Party in Georgia with peach juice. Let’s call in self proclaimed reformist … what’s her face the lady who sees Russian from a bathtub porthole to come over here to help out…Dems, this is your chance guys, let the Repubs of Georgia hand you a governorship victory in 2010. All you have to do is nothing!

wtf

April 26th, 2010
4:01 pm

Too bad the Dems don’t require the same loyalty…would keep folks like Rep. Mike Jacobs honest instead of getting elected a Dem and jumping over to the GOP after being elected.

joe matarotz

April 26th, 2010
4:02 pm

He has my vote. Go Ray!

In Reality

April 26th, 2010
4:02 pm

I’m way down the line in posting so most of the ones above won’t see this but forget your FEELINGS and read the election laws. Most of the comments come from total ignorance on how elections work.

jcwhitingjr

April 26th, 2010
4:05 pm

An oath to run as a Republican is outrageous! I applaud Mr Boyd for not signing such a damnation. However, the GOP is still the lesser of two evils compared to the Democrats until a viable 3rd or 4th party comes along to replace them. Americans have now seen the Democratic party for what it really is and want no part of it any longer.

Balderdash

April 26th, 2010
4:08 pm

In Reality is all for a system that makes it as hard as possible for someone to seek office. You are part of the problem, if not a participant in it (likely).

jconservative

April 26th, 2010
4:13 pm

Where is his petition? I will be more than happy to sign it.

Harry Paulms

April 26th, 2010
4:14 pm

Somewhere in hell, a brownshirt is giggling in glee with right hand raised, goosestepping to the beat of the New Republican Party.

who are they?

April 26th, 2010
4:17 pm

Who are the persons that signed an oath to a freakin party? Give us the list of names. I have sworn ONE oath and that was to the Constitution of the United States; its going to be a cold day in Hell before I vote republican again; this ppl really have no clue how angry WE THE PEOPLE are.

Harry Paulms

April 26th, 2010
4:22 pm

Anyone who signs off as to his or her personal discretion prior to entering office is abrogating their constitutional duty to represent ME. They are representing their party’s best interests, which is a far cry from the best interests of the constituency.

This is a travesty which the Republicans should be ashamed of. The party of personal responsibility has stripped all responsibility from its individual representatives. How fascist can they be?

[...] 4:26 p.m.: See this other post for all the news on the Ray Boyd [...]

Doug

April 26th, 2010
4:29 pm

The best hope for the Democrats is to have lots of guys like this run as independents and dilute the effect of the Bible-bangers, the rich, and the Bubbas who are either Bible-bangers or self-deluded persons who think moderate* tax increases on the rich will somehow affect them. So I say, “Run, Boyd, run!!!”

*Why should rich people pay 15% on capital gains that they did NOTHING to earn while I pay 25%+ on income I WORKED to earn?!?!

dj

April 26th, 2010
4:32 pm

The GA GOP dropped the ball on this one…somehow that supprises me NOT…Ray Boyd is going to bust it wide open and win this race…I “heart” Ray Boyd for Governor!!!

Robert

April 26th, 2010
4:33 pm

This is why I am no longer a Republican. The Republicans have turned in to thugs.

Democrat will win

April 26th, 2010
4:37 pm

The state teachers,state employees and the college employees wiil put a Democrat in the governor’s office next year.You can put money on it!!!!

MikeS

April 26th, 2010
4:38 pm

Ray was a RINO. He could not agree to support the party that he claims to be a member of. The party should not be expected to support fringe candidates who would only bring the party more problems.

Home School DtopOut

April 26th, 2010
4:43 pm

Massuh Boyd say Miss Karen Handel is not SMART enough to be Govenor; cause she did not go to College.
I guess dat means I ain’t SMART enough to vote for him.

kindergarden math

April 26th, 2010
4:45 pm

Ms. Everhart, you are being stupid in this and are almost guaranteeing that Roy Barnes will be returned to the Governor’s mansion. Clearly, if you refuse to allow Boyd to run in the Republican primary, you are forcing him to run as an Independant in November. If he ran as a Republican and lost in the primary, he was probably done. He is too good of a businessman to throw good money after bad. If he won the primary, you would have the winning candidate in November. By forcing him to spend his $2 million in November, you are guaranteeing that he will pull enough votes, from whomever your Republican candidate is, to allow the Democrat nominee to win. You are so adamant about your party oath, that you are willing to let Boyd play the part of Ross Perot to your eventual candidate’s George HW Bush. The end result is another Clinton. The repugnancy of the party oath is no better exemplified than by what Senate Republicans did to Preston Smith 2 weeks ago when he had the audacity to put his constituents’ interests ahead of his party’s interest on the hospital tax vote. If you doubt that ,at a minimum, Boyd will be a spoiler, then ask yourself the following: In the current political climate and considering the runaway spending going on in Washington, do you really think that an independant candidate will be LESS attractive to voters than when Perot ran against Clinton and Bush? I submit that the Republican party’s failure to recognize and admit reality will result in our losing the Governor’s mansion, just as we lost the
White House. Yes, I said “our” in the last sentence because I am a Republican, but I think that our party leaders are out of touch and I resent them handing over the Governorship to the Democrats. I vehemently feel that swearing an oath to protect and uphold the Constitutions of the US and Georgia is where the oath should stop. If it is true that such is the only oath to which Democratic candidates swear,i.e., that they do not swear a party oath, then we should be red-facedly ashamed that we are the party which demands a party oath. The Constitutions should be all that is required. It is the politicians which violate that oath, not the party oath, that keeps me awake at night. It is inconceivable that we relinquish this high moral ground to the Democrats.

Courtney

April 26th, 2010
4:55 pm

A loyalty oath? What a insecure losers! What, are we in 6th grade?

dj

April 26th, 2010
4:57 pm

Courtney,
I think it was a frat house pledge…like animal house! (LOL) Finally, someone with character and integrity!!!

Bill from Cobb

April 26th, 2010
4:58 pm

He should have just given me the 2 mil. and I could have kicked him in the balls. Either way he is gonna get the same result. The system only likes rich people to pay taxes and campaign contributions.

PR

April 26th, 2010
5:02 pm

Just another example of how the RE-PUKE-I-CANS are out of touch with mainstream America. They are the party of NO! They don’t care about the taxpayer, only the the lobbyists that fatten they’re pockets. Time to vote them all out and bring in fresh blood.

Bill from Cobb

April 26th, 2010
5:06 pm

Stop your moaning democraps, you guys hate white rich people. You are just using this to attack the repubs. We are all watching as atlas begins to shrug.

GOP is gone

April 26th, 2010
5:06 pm

Well he may get my vote for chutzpa and not goose stepping to the GOP brown shirts oath.

GOP is gone

April 26th, 2010
5:07 pm

I think they pinkie swear

Georgia Conservative

April 26th, 2010
5:31 pm

Kindergarden Math: I can sympathize with your frustration. This is the kind of thing that has caused me to give up on the GOP. I agree with most of their stated principles, but I don’t see many Republicans governing that way, and the party structure protects incumbents at all costs.

Boyd may have put Everhart in a no-win situation. They didn’t want him in the primary because they see him as a threat to beat the insider candidates, but they may like him less as a independent if he damages the nominee in November. Perhaps the GOP should’ve come up with a better slate of candidates in the first place, and then they wouldn’t have had this problem.

MyTwoCents

April 26th, 2010
5:37 pm

I will sign the petition. Enough with both parties…at least this man said, “No”. I don’t think there will be a problem is getting the required signatures. Give us some new blood in this state!

Einstein

April 26th, 2010
5:37 pm

Amen Brother! I want an elected official that will do what’s best (and right) for the peoiple who elected him…not the party. Perhaps this is what’s wrong with current politics, and probably whay I’m not voting for the party’s candidate.

RJ Pennypacker

April 26th, 2010
5:38 pm

The exchange on the dumpdc website makes me like Ray Boyd even more. With all due respect to that poster, you’re a lunatic, and perhaps a danger to society. You do realize secession has been attempted, and failed. The last time both sides had nothing more than rifles and cannons, but secession still failed. What do you think would happen if you and your friends in their little 3 point hats tried it now? You realize the United States military is the most advanced on earth and they would take out your groups clubhouse with a predator drone and not even have to change out of their pajamas. Sir, you are a traitor to your country, and an enemy of freedom in the same way as an islamic extremist. You have the right to choose your leaders and representatives every election, the majority of the country not thinking the same way as you is not the death of liberty, in fact, it is the exact opposite. But what should i expect, you tipped your craziness the moment you publicly admitted being friends with John Oxendine.

Lulu

April 26th, 2010
5:41 pm

How do I sign Boyd’s petition? Best news I’ve heard from any politician and that includes his 8 foot high fence! Al, you read a lot into a fence. Nobody should try to make another feel bad because he wants to control access to his own home. To do so was once called basic Americsanism 101

RJ Pennypacker

April 26th, 2010
5:45 pm

I’m a city kid myself, so living out on acres isn’t my thing but right down the street from me the houses on paces ferry have walls around them too, whats the big deal? How is it different from an extra lock on your door or an alarm system? I feel like its people thinking oh, he’s some crazy who lives out in the country behind a giant wall, but its no different than living in a highrise with gated parking and a security desk in the lobby, its all about controlling who has access to your home and theres nothing wrong with that.

Intown

April 26th, 2010
5:53 pm

Perdue followed by Handel = Stupid followed by mean and stupid.

Alabama Communist

April 26th, 2010
5:53 pm

Wow!!!!!! The Republicans don’t want Boyd nor the Libertarians and the Democrats are silent as a deaf mute at a Redneck Stockcar race.Boyd should simply start his own party and name it the Republician-Democrat Freedom Party and watch both parties go totaly nuts looking at the prepose ballot………

where's the rail?

April 26th, 2010
5:57 pm

This is about the dumbest thing that the State GOP could do. By forcing him to run as an independent, he will only be taking away conservative votes in the Gubernatorial election. Just think George Bush Sr./Bill Clinton/Ross Perot in 1992. Perot, took a lot of votes away from Bush. Plus with Oxendine leading the GOP bid, it’s looking more and more like the Dems have a chance for the Governorship.

Harry Paulms

April 26th, 2010
6:23 pm

If you come to this blog and mention the word Democrat, you’re in denial. Democrats may suck, but this is 100% Republican. Do you folks really want ONE message from everyone in your party? And you want that party to run the judicial, legislative and executive branches?

If fascism is what the Republicans are offering, I’m going to pass.

BehindEnemyLines

April 26th, 2010
6:27 pm

After voting exclusively GOP for roughly the last 20 years, I realized something interesting today in talking about this story. I commented to someone that “this may come back to bite them” … the realization came a few seconds later, that the state GOP for me has now officially become “them” and not “us”. Pity we can’t package Boyd with Sen. Preston Smith as a 1-2 ticket for the state. I’m not sure whether I’d be happy with both or either, but I’m definitely unhappy with the other options.

Josh M

April 26th, 2010
6:46 pm

As a true fiscal conservative, the only thing I hate worse than a Georgia Democrat is a Georgia Republican.

Jennifer

April 26th, 2010
6:53 pm

The only people grandstanding are the Republicans. I have never heard of such malarkey. I will sign for this guy if he needs signatures – he has every right to run.

Anon

April 26th, 2010
7:32 pm

@Really?:
No they don’t. It even says in this article that the Democratic Party of Georgia does not require a loyalty pledge. Do some research.

Kyle

April 26th, 2010
7:39 pm

Boyd can run as an Independent all he wants to but in this state he is wasting his time. We have some anti-American crap that lives here that is not from here that will give him and some Democrats a few votes but not enough of them to ever hold office here. Good luck wasting your time and money this November.

Question

April 26th, 2010
7:50 pm

Do democrats require the signing the same “oath of loyalty”?

David S

April 26th, 2010
7:54 pm

Republican loyalty to the criminal actions of Bush is partly to blame for the current state of our country. Since neither the democrats nor the republicans have any consistent principles, swearing loyalty means only the worst things. How about some loyalty to the principles of small and limited government? How about sound money? How about states’ rights? How about the constitution? What a shame the republican party doesn’t demand loyalty to any of those things. The Libertarian Party demands a pledge to not initiate force against anyone to achieve political or social ends. Since government is nothing but force in everything it does, this oath makes a Libertarian’s position on the role of government very clear.

Good luck on an independant run.

the american way

April 26th, 2010
7:55 pm

“Who is John Galt”?

Mama Says

April 26th, 2010
8:05 pm

Yet another reason to support RON PAUL or your version of a third party candidate. The dems on here are offended by the idea of demanding an oath to the party unless of course it is to the DEMOCRATIC PARTY. And obviously the Republicans wish to control things on their side too

Kino

April 26th, 2010
8:08 pm

You would think that a representative would be loyal to their constituents first, regardless of what their party is. That the GOP requires a “loyalty oath” shows a certain amount of short sightedness. Citizens are getting tired of the partisan BS that prevents any legislation of worth from being debated and passed.

Mama Says

April 26th, 2010
8:14 pm

David S,

The only problem with your statement is the ongoing problem with the country as a whole. You carry the Bush is a crook line and ignore that Obama has continued all of the policies that got Bush that tag (criminal). We still have the FEDS listening to our communications, involuntary rendition is still taking place and he is killing people with unmanned drones (I doubt that they had a trial before they were killed). Bush began the bailouts on Wall Street, Obama made them bigger. Bush took oil money and invaded Iraq, Obama is taking Wall Street money and pushing Wall Street reform.

I am just saying call both parties out when they both do the same thing, towing either parties line helps them keep the 2 party system firmly in place.

Mama Says

April 26th, 2010
8:17 pm

Kino,

seriously ? come own ! The Dems have theirs also lets be real—I agree with your premise but don’t cover your eyes just because they say to.

Billy Bob from cobb

April 26th, 2010
8:45 pm

I am becoming John Galt. Paid 500k in taxes last year and will pay 600k for this year. Over 50 people depend on me for their income and I will walk away at the end of this year. This country deserves what its going to become

Dude, where's my state?

April 26th, 2010
8:52 pm

Well, this is all the justification I need to vote for him. The disfunctional Republican party of this state dislikes him. Maybe because he is a REAL CONSERVATIVE?

Mid-South Philosopher

April 26th, 2010
8:55 pm

If I were to seek elective, public office, WHICH I AM NOT GOING TO DO, I would “walk”…I never “run” anymore…as an “Independent.” Somehow signing a “loyalty oath” to either the social Democratic or the corporatist Republican parties would be like signing away one’s soul to the Devil. Come to think of it, “he” probably owns the controlling interest in both organizations!

bigdawg

April 26th, 2010
9:53 pm

The sooner the south re-secedes, the better!! Yee Haw!!!

thomas

April 26th, 2010
10:00 pm

thomas, you need to rewatch the debates

Milton native

April 26th, 2010
10:08 pm

Boyd is a moron. He could even make Karen Handel look like a credible candidate…Unlike Handel, however,I bet he has actually been in one job more that 2 1/2 years since he has lived in Georgia.

Michael

April 26th, 2010
10:23 pm

Well if he has sex with a relative or a lobbyist then he can surely get elected in Georgia. We get what we deserve.

dennyboy93

April 26th, 2010
10:35 pm

I am for anybody that can beat King Roy. I would like to see this guy kick Roy’s butt until his nose bleeds.

rooster

April 26th, 2010
11:30 pm

I am not much inclined to vote Democratic for any national office these days. I expect to vote for Johhny Isakson, and against John Lewis. But here at home, having looked at the gubernatorial candidates, I have to say that I would vote for any of the Democrats over any of the Republicans. I’m sorry Isakson decided against making the Republican race. I would have supported him. But then he is head and shoulders (and hips and thighs) above the GOP gubernatorial gaggle.

luangtom

April 27th, 2010
12:02 am

In 1998, Minnesota voted in a third-party governor in Jesse Ventura. The pundits said it could not be done and low and behold on election night the tally came in and MN had a boa-wearing governor. He shook up the status-quo and did get the attention of the stagnant Democratic and Republican parties. Jesse did not have a starter-kit of $2-million to kick-off his bid and yet he won. Maybe this is what GA needs…..someone to stir things up and get them back on track. Maybe we need Boyd as governor.

Spoke

April 27th, 2010
12:13 am

I don’t think either party needs a monopoly on power in Georgia. That is an invitation to corruption. Better to have either a Democrat or an Independent in the governor’s mansion to keep a check on the legislature.

sbdawgs01

April 27th, 2010
12:36 am

I am also very interested in Boyd…I was thinking this morning when I read about him..that he needs to run as an Independent..he will surely get some attention!

Uno

April 27th, 2010
1:44 am

“My party right or wrong, but my party.” Boyd says no to that so he’s outside looking in at the republican Borg.

Ken

April 27th, 2010
2:48 am

I’ll sign his petition, to honor his right to run. I may not vote for him, but I acknowledge his right to independant thinking, after all isn’t that one of the reasons that IS America?

Our forefathers did not like the government control of church and state in England. God Bless America!!

Does not the requirement to pledge to the party difer from our own Declaration Of Independence? Thus handcuffing Mr Boyd’s right to freedom of his speech?

Are these the same people who pledge to uphold our laws? Or do they simply enjoy subverting our laws as their party has enjoyed doing for many years?

While we are a Republic, we all enjoy our Democracy. Viva Democracy.

God Bless The United States Of America !!

[...] Atlanta Journal Constitution: Boyd out as Republican candidate The Georgia Republican Party has denied Ray Boyd’s attempt to run for governor after the political newcomer refused Monday to sign their loyalty oath. In a polite but tense showdown at the state Capitol, party attorney Anne Lewis told Boyd that since he refused to sign the oath, “we’re unable to qualify you.” Boyd said he will immediately begin preparations to run as an independent. Last week he participated in a Republican candidates’ debate, but meanwhile had already began a dispute with state party leaders over their requirement that he pledge allegiance to the party. [...]

Realist

April 27th, 2010
5:24 am

A Government of the party, for the party, by the party by screwing the people… That’s how it’s been now for years and it needs to change.

Gerald West

April 27th, 2010
5:54 am

Scores of politicians have signed the GOP loyalty oath and Boyd will not? Well, that’s makes him an obvious ballot choice, doesn’t it. Remember, when voting in a Georgia election just follow the Mae West maxim:

“When faced with a choice between evils, pick one you haven’t tried before!”:

Bitter EX democrackkk

April 27th, 2010
6:00 am

Of course, democrackkks dont require an OATH, because none of them could keep one! Strive to be smarter than the ORIGINAL party of SLAVERY wants you to BE!

Bitter EX democrackkk

April 27th, 2010
6:04 am

Karen Handel is the BEST CHOICE bar none!

Iknowanidiot

April 27th, 2010
6:10 am

Don’t you all get it !!?? a politician is ,a politician, NO MATTER ,the party affiliation, if you are NOT RICH, you DO NOT matter !!!/? Honest politician IS AN OXYMORON !!!!

Iknowanidiot

April 27th, 2010
6:13 am

Bitter EX democrackkk …you are a real NUT,!! did you think we would NOT notice you ended you monker with, KKK, don’t leave the trailer park much do you ?

[...] set the stage for yesterday, when Ray came to the Capitol to qualify as a Republican. Indeed, he was actually listed as having [...]

yeah I will sign a petition and support him

April 27th, 2010
6:51 am

I also am tired of both parties and am so glad the republicans stubbed their foot on this one.

Gone will be votes in the Gubernatorial race to elect their candidate!

Yeah!

dawgma

April 27th, 2010
7:12 am

How stupid can my party continue to act? Sign a loyalty document? Now you create a third party canbdidate that will split your votes and give the demos a clear run to the capital.

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

April 27th, 2010
7:21 am

From the AJC http://www.ajc.com/news/newcomer-shakes-up-race-491385.html:
“After Sandi died, Boyd went back to work. Then Barack Obama was elected president.

‘I then hoped and prayed he’d be the best president we ever had,” Boyd said. Instead, “it didn’t take but a short time to realize we screwed up.’

By September 2009, Boyd said, he was telling people the country was in trouble. ‘I said, why the hell isn’t somebody doing something? I stopped myself in mid-sentence, and I said, ‘Ray, aren’t you somebody? And in fact you’re more guilty than the somebodies out here because you’ve been paying attention.’”

George W. Bush and Richard Cheney committed 9/11 and Ray “Comb Over” Boyd is “angry” at Barack Obama, and he says he’s “been paying attention?”

John and Martin could not of themselves establish righteousness in Our Land. Each was shot down in broad daylight, with impunity, by known agents of the Roman Anti-Christ’s “Fifth Column” in America.

…and Ray Boyd’s been paying attention?

George Herbert Walker Bush and Richard Milhous Nixon led the hit-teams from the Roman Catholic, Knight of Malta-led CIA, whose treasonous murder of President Kennedy sent 58,000 of us to die for papal, colonial, fascist interests in Vietnam and in our own country.

…and Ray Boyd’s been paying attention?

Boyd is smart enough to get rich so he is obviously lying or pathetically self-aggrandizing and delusional.

Georgia and Atlanta don’t need him…or Roy Barnes, as Our Governor.

How’s DuBose Porter, and his wife, looking?

President Obama, made Elect by the sovereign People of the United States of America: by Our Creed is anointed of G-d as proof that Our Founders’ covenant has not been forgotten.

Hope is from G-d. Those who mock hope are servants of that which Our Nation’s Author, Founder, and Prophet identified as “the real Anti-Christ,” that which Jews call “Amalek.” Those without hope are hopeless.

We live in the best State in America, and the best City in the World is Our Capital: Atlanta.

Obama represents progress.

Sure we should have Single Payer National Insurance. Who doesn’t want to be in the “insurance pool” that is “E Pluribus Unum?”

Let them depart.

Sure Bush and Cheney should have already been hanged at the Navy Yard.

Bush’s father and Nixon killed President Kennedy and Dr. King and each, in turn, became president.

Much work is yet to be done in restoring America’s virtue and President Obama is but one man.

It is we, the People of Georgia, and Atlanta, and America, who must, by G-d, cast the Beast into the Pit.

Losers and corrupt like Boyd and Barnes are part of the problem, not of the solution.

Think Georgia: Let’s wise up together, by G-d and Our Creed. The Roman Anti-Christ’s “Fifth Column” must be removed. All else pales in significance.

ATLGuy

April 27th, 2010
7:50 am

Ok AJC star reporters…Can you get a copy of the GOP loyalty oath and publish it for all of us to read? I, for one, am curious to know a little more about the basis of this controversy. Do your job and print it!

Party of No

April 27th, 2010
7:56 am

“We want jobs, not healthcare, immigration bill or cap & trade…..It’s JOBS dummies!!!”

Yeah…while we wait for the economy to strengthen, and jobs to return…we don’t want no stinken health-care !! We will just pay for our own..oh wait we don’t have jobs…..brilliant.

blady

April 27th, 2010
8:08 am

Just as I predicted, now they’ve started eating their young. So sad that a supposedly national party cannot risk the possibility of reflecting the diverse nature of our country.

healingtime

April 27th, 2010
8:27 am

Mr. Boyd, You have My vote and many more. You represented and did it well. Good for you!!!

GOP For Boyd

April 27th, 2010
8:43 am

Morrus

April 27th, 2010
8:51 am

Vote out the incumbents and start over

Dan J

April 27th, 2010
9:04 am

The GOP is crumbling

Dan J

April 27th, 2010
9:05 am

The GOP is crumbling now

Dan J

April 27th, 2010
9:05 am

The GOP is crumbling today

Dan J

April 27th, 2010
9:05 am

The GOP is evil

Dan J

April 27th, 2010
9:29 am

ATLGUY if you look it up its online heres a copy of there repubs oath
I, _______________, promise never to abandon my present Republican Party affiliation for the purpose of political gain. The Republican Party, both nationally and domestically, was founded on sound and principled ideals, that include but are not limited to, personal liberty, individual freedom, responsive and citizen-based Government, life-affirming values, economic growth, strong and cutting edge military, low taxes and a mutual respect for fellow Republicans. Because of that, I will, at no point in my political or personal future, find cause to transfer my Party loyalty to any other affiliated organization.

I will not, at any future moment, become a registered Democrat for the purpose of seeking any political office. Additionally, I will not change my Party affiliation to that of any peripheral political party, such as the Reform Party, the Green Party or the Libertarian Party. Such a move would be not only opportunistic, it would be an unjustified trampling of everything that I previously claimed to stand for.

I care far too deeply about the previously espoused Republican ideals as well as the thousands of hard-working Republican citizens all over the State of Kansas to ever consider changing my political Party affiliation. I look forward to a life of citizen-serving, Republican political involvement. I thank the Kansas Republican Party, including all of the registered Kansas Republicans, for their years of service, good will and friendship.

I solemnly pledge to always be a Republican, no matter what promises are made by external forces seeking only to undermine the Republican values I stand for. I can have reasonable disagreement with members of the Republican Party; however, at no point will ‘Party switching’ or quitting of the Party be tolerable.

Signed,

X __________________________________

Been Around-Done That

April 27th, 2010
9:31 am

Bring your petition to run as an independent up to my house. I will sign it in a heartbeat, Mr. Boyd. After looking over the candidates for Governor in both partiies anything would be an improvement. As one who helped get Ross Perot on the Georgia ballot back in 1992, I found that the petition route is extremely doable. 51,000 signatures really isn’t that much and the publicir=ty you will receive while conducting the drive is priceless! Get your independent campaign underway and do our state a service! I’ll put my name and address on your website so you will know where to send the petition!!

JDG

April 27th, 2010
9:38 am

I probably wouldn’t vote for Mr. Boyd (though it’s hard to say; other than being “angry” at Obama, all I’ve heard is broad platitudes), but I’ll sure as hell sign a petition for him to get on the ballot.

Tim

April 27th, 2010
10:07 am

I find it VERY DISTURBING that the GOP REQUIRES their members to swear an oath the THEM not an oath to do what is best for America and the American people, who they are suppose to represent. An oath that requires an elected official to blindly support GOP objectives even if they don’t coincide with the constituents the official was elected to serve should not be legal!. I’m I the only who finds this unsettling for the GOP to have this policy?

Curious2know

April 27th, 2010
10:15 am

Anyone know if all state GOP organizations require an oath, if so is it the same oath? Is it part of the national Republican parties bylaws or something, or is it applied/adopted state by state at each GOP convention?

I never heard of the oath before this year, and I’ve followed politics for some time.

C Jae of East Lake

April 27th, 2010
10:39 am

Quite an interesting development. I would be delighted to see Boyd enter the race as an independent in order to challenge the status quo when it comes to state-wide political campaigns. Its interesting that the GOP would REQUIRE such an oath in order to qualify candidates. Its a clear signal to me that the electorate needs more options that what’s typically being offered.

News Update – April 27, 2010

April 27th, 2010
10:53 am

[...] GA GOP Party denied Ray Boyd’s attempt to run for gov. after he refused to sign loyalty oath. [...]

Adrian Snare

April 27th, 2010
11:28 am

Party loyalty – something out of an old Communist playbook.No-one ever said the conservatives/tea baggers/Republicans were smart or knew how to think for themselves.

Michael

April 27th, 2010
12:12 pm

Bet the supporters of party loyalty oaths are the same ones who circulate the email of the events of 1938 in Austria when the Nazis took over saying don’t let it happen here.

Pat

April 27th, 2010
1:54 pm

The GOP “gaining momentum”?
Right now, they’re winning the “message war” in terms of news coverage and heavily slanted polls. And hey, they COULD be gaining ground – God knows, this idiot country elected certifiably-retarded W., well, at least once.
But I think the deafening echo chamber created by FOX, talk radio and the so-called “liberal media” (in reality, the CORPORATE media, that obediently “covers the controversy” and lets the GOP broadcast their talking points as “news” – all this caucaphony creates an illusion of momentum that push come to shove, just won’t be strong enough for them in November.
They’ve just gotten too extreme and silly for most of in-the-middle America. Palin’s still their big hope. Really? Palin? Look at her numbers and you can see the real trouble they’re in. Romney? Right wing evangelicals might be frightened enough of an Obama second term, they’ll swallow their objections to Mormonism as a “cult” – but don’t count on it. This isn’t a negotiable point for most of them.
If the economy continues to improve – granted, at a much faster pace – I still think the Dems are in better shape than current prevailing wisdom may indicate.

R.J. Intindola

April 27th, 2010
4:38 pm

Finally, that won’t accept their in robotic tendencies. Someone who can actually think for himself. What’s the world coming to, a Republican who won’t squat when given the order. This is the problem with the Republican Party; they are so anxious to see Obama fail that they could care less about the American people. Georgia Republicans voting against the stimulus, but shaking hands with constituents when the programs actually work. They have done nothing for education and many other teachers would have been fired if not for the stimulus.

Stop public corruption
R.J. Intindola wwwcmrji.com

Lauren

April 28th, 2010
7:53 am

Where is the petition?! Let’s get the ball rolling

Someone who knows

April 28th, 2010
11:14 am

Don’t you think he knew the rules when he signed up? Please don’t be suckered in by his antics. Anyone who knows him will tell you that he is on another ego trip… He’s crazy, you know. Really.

jovan

April 30th, 2010
2:42 pm

I am NOT a yellow dog Democrat. I am a yellow dog feminist. I would rather vote for a yellow dog before I would vote for an anti-choice Democrat or a typical Republican.

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