While there still may be some grassroots grousing about Gov. Sonny Perdue stepping into a Republican primary contest, soon-to-be secretary of state Brian Kemp is running with the endorsement.
He’s sent out this flyer aimed at GOP voters, asking them to join Perdue – and Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, and soon-to-be House speaker David Ralston at a high-priced, pre-legislative fund-raiser on Sunday:
See the entire flyer here. Attendees to the fund-raiser are invited to spend as much as $6,100 on Kemp. What would Karen Handel say?
The former Athens state senator, of course, wasn’t Perdue’s first choice for the job. State Rep. Jim Cole (R-Forsyth) turned appointment down on Monday. This morning’s Macon Telegraph helps explain why:
Mercer [University] sent out an e-mail release just after 5 p.m. Tuesday that it would have “new administrative appointments in the Department of Athletics.
“News conference participants will include Mercer President William D. Underwood, Director of Athletics Bobby Pope and Mercer Athletic Foundation Executive Director Jim Cole.”
The Telegraph has learned the school will announce that Pope and Cole will trade positions this summer, with Pope taking a spot in the Mercer Athletic Foundation and Cole becoming the school’s athletics director. Calls to the cell phones of Pope and Cole shortly after the release was sent out were unreturned.
Republican Doug MacGinnitie of Sandy Springs remains in the race, and will have a first chance to confront the newly appointed Kemp on Feb. 6, in a debate hosted by the Georgia Christian Alliance, led by Sadie Fields. Yours truly is penciled in as moderator.
Forums for governor, attorney general and insurance commissioner are also scheduled. The all-day assembly (tickets are $25), is one of those must-attend events for any Republican – and even some Democrats – aiming for evangelical voters.
Ever since pollster Scott Rasmussen produced statistics last month indicating that the “tea party” name brand was out-polling the Republican label, GOP leaders have worried that the anti-tax, anti-government movement could produce a crippling split. And Demcorats have have been happy to stoke that concern.
This morning, Georgia tea party leader Debbie Dooley passes on a letter from a tea party consortium – the word “organization” would only aggravate the situation – that includes this:
Tea Party Patriots is issuing this statement in order to make it clear that we are not associated with this, or any attempts to form a third party. Additionally, we believe that such efforts are unproductive and unwise at this time.
The history of third party movements in this country is one of division and defeat. We believe that it is instead time for all Americans to rise up and demand appropriate reform within their own parties. The mechanisms exist for citizens to participate in their parties, and to drive their parties in the right direction.
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