Your morning jolt: She’s not Nathan Deal’s choice, but Sue Everhart wants to stay as GOP chair

Nathan Deal still has a month before he’s sworn in as governor, and already he’s facing his first challenge.

The governor-elect has quietly let it be known that he wants Tricia Pridemore, a Deal supporter and founder of the Georgia chapter of Glenn Beck’s 912 Project, as the next chairman of the Georgia Republican party.

Sue Everhart, chairman of the state GOP, wants a third term/Cox News Service

Sue Everhart, chairman of the state GOP, wants a third term/Cox News Service

But the current chairman, Sue Everhart of Cobb County, on Saturday declared that she’s not ready to leave – and would run for a third two-year term at the party’s state convention in May. She made her announcement at a breakfast meeting of Cobb party regulars.

“The chairman is elected by the grassroots. The governor does not appoint. There’s not a problem if the governor wants a particular candidate. I respect his wishes, but I am going to run for re-election,” Everhart said this morning in an interview.

“This is nothing against the new governor. I’ve complimented the governor on what he’s done so far,” Everhart said.

Everhart was first elected in 2007 as the party’s first female leader, outmaneuvering Gov. Sonny Perdue – who wanted his own candidate in the job, controlling tens of millions of campaign dollars.

“Georgia stayed red in ’08, when the country went blue. And now we have just gotten redder. You’ve never seen an election night like the one we had on Nov. 2, and I have to give myself a little bit of the credit,” Everhart said.

Shawn Hanley, chairman of the Fulton County GOP, is also running for the job. Pridemore has not declared her candidacy.

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On the opposite side of the ledger, a note went out this weekend touting a petition drive to make former Atlanta mayor Shirley Franklin the next chairman of the state Democratic party.

My AJC colleague Eric Stirgus e-mailed Franklin to see if she were interested in the position – and she didn’t say no:

”I have been traveling on business this week, learning about the petition on my return. I have have had 2 or 3 conversations with those encouraging my consideration of running for the Chairmanship….”

Franklin emphasized that her political positions might give others pause. She’s in favor of civil unions for gays, wants a federal solution to the immigration crisis, is in favor of gun control, likes the idea of the United Nations, doesn’t favor tax cuts for millionaires, and thinks MARTA is a great idea. She continued:

“No, I haven’t changed. This petition shocks me as much as it surprises you. But I guess there [are] exceptions to every rule. When I was asked to run and then was elected to serve as President of the Georgia Municipal Association, I warned my colleagues about my liberal positions. They elected me anyway, though he Governor and House and Senate leadership espoused conservative positions on most everything I cared about….

“So perhaps a liberal Democrat might have some qualities worthy of consideration for this position, but it had never dawned as me as possible. I guess some GA Democrats agree Atlanta mayors just might add value to the party. According to the rules, the party officers and board will elect the President from those who submit their names. I haven’t done so.”

The deadline for announcing one’s candidacy is Dec. 16.

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Members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans in Georgia are protesting a decision by a national cable program not to run the group’s TV ads offering an alternative explanation for the cause of the Civil War.

From Walter Jones and Morris News Service:

The organization asserts that in seceding, Southern states were exercising a right that New England states had claimed since the country’s founding and that Confederates fought to defend that right when Union forces “invaded” to prevent secession.

The ads also argue that the South seceded partly because “northern congressmen were able to vote themselves virtually anything they wanted, using southern tax money, while the South was powerless to stop it.”

However, History – formerly The History Channel – refuses to broadcast the ads. Jack Bridwell, commander of the Georgia Division of the SCV, blasts network executives for hypocrisy.

“We find it more than interesting that the History Channel has no problem airing shows with controversial theories about history, including more than one show which speculates that extraterrestrial aliens in UFOs somehow redirected human history, and yet the same channel does not see the value in allowing a nonprofit, educational organization to present the Southern view of the causes for the war,” he said.

The ads aired on one local cable system without the network’s knowledge until the network received criticism. That’s when it issued a statement.

“History channel does not sell time for advertising that presents a partisan position on a controversial issue (of course we do accept ads from political candidates under the political-advertising rules),” the statement read.

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U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Decatur, says he’s been elected whip of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. The CPC puts its membership at 83, with a liberal agenda “committed to the principles of social and economic justice, a non-discriminatory society, and national priorities that represent the interests of all people, not just the wealthy and powerful.”

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The price of gasoline is going up. And so is the price of politicians. The State Ethics Commission last week raised by $200 the maximum amount that statewide candidates can accept from individual contributors, to $6,300 per election cycle. Maximum contributions for local offices went up, too. Check out the new rates here.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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36 comments Add your comment

Stacy

December 6th, 2010
9:58 am

Jim, you need to do some digging in your own archives. The reason Nathan Deal doesn’t want Sue Everhart is she made some comments during the campaign indicating remorse that the GOP elected Deal in the primary only to find out he was $5 million in debt after years of robbing Peter to pay Paul.

Last Man Standing

December 6th, 2010
9:58 am

The petition drive for Shirley Franklin as the dem chair is a great idea. That is somewhat like tossing a drowning man an anchor! I’ve no doubt that the dems will maker her their party chair as it is aids the self destruction of their party. This could be the end of the dem party in Georgia – which is apparently their goal.

Aquagirl

December 6th, 2010
10:07 am

Like Shirley Franklin will do more damage than Hank “Guamtipping” Johnson?

You people are suckers

December 6th, 2010
10:20 am

“The governor-elect has quietly let it be known that he wants Tricia Pridemore, a Deal supporter and founder of the Georgia chapter of Glenn Beck’s 912 Project, as the next chairman of the Georgia Republican party.”

The party in total control of Georgia government wants a Glenn Beck acolyte as its chair? Unbelievable.

Us vs Us

December 6th, 2010
10:33 am

@You people are suckers “The party in total control of Georgia government wants a Glenn Beck acolyte as its chair? Unbelievable.”

+1,000,000

I’m ashamed of this state, I really am.

Not unbelievable

December 6th, 2010
10:37 am

Totally believable. This is the state, after all, that elected Nathan Deal as governor. I am convinced the Republican Party in Georgia is capable of anything. What shocks me most is how many supposed evangelical Christians embrace and worship Glenn Beck. It’s all about the Benjamins with the Republicans. Anyone with lots of money MUST be worthy of office.

The Fight Is On. — Peach Pundit

December 6th, 2010
10:49 am

[...] Everhart plans to run for reelection as Georgia GOP Chair. “The chairman is elected by the grassroots. The governor does not appoint. [...]

Mr. Repub

December 6th, 2010
10:50 am

Please elect her to be your Democratic Chair. This sets it all in motion, for the first time in America, an all black party. Goodbye Democrats. At least now I won’t have to come out and still be the racist that I am, you all shoot yourselves.

A Longtime Laborer in the GOP Vineyards

December 6th, 2010
11:10 am

@ Stacy – Sue did no such thing. Just because you challenge Jim to “find it” in his archives (rather than just quoting such an entry yourself if it exists), doesn’t make it true.

Sue won more elections than any prior GOP chair in GA, and in fact, won more than any GOP in the COUNTRY in 2010. If she wants to run, she’s entitled – more than entitled – to do that.

Bill Orvis White

December 6th, 2010
11:14 am

Unreal! First the liberal ex-mayor of Atlanta running the GA state party! What?! These secular-progressive idiots are going to make themselves exctinct instead of a minority! LOL!

Then I see that item on History!? What? That is far left-wing propaganda at its worst when these elites won’t let the real story get out. Yes, the Civil War was about the North taking Southern money and doing what it wants with it all. We kind of see that happening today and that’s why WE THE PEOPLE need The Southern Coalition of the Unites States as an insurance agent againist Liberal Washington.

Then, another good one Jimbo! Hank “Guam’s Tipping Over” Johnson is the whip of the Congressional Progressive Caucus? That’s more than hilarious! The Socialist-Democrat Party really wants to lose elections! LOL!

God Bless,
Bill

Robert W. Patrick

December 6th, 2010
11:21 am

Sue is the one. Nathan is right. Beck is red. The state is red. Sue is the perfect fit for Nathan for the state GOP. Love the transparency!

Diehard

December 6th, 2010
11:26 am

Sue Everhart has done well but Georgia has a new Governor and needs a fresh start with a new party chair in May. Thanks, Sue. Time to move forward.

bart

December 6th, 2010
11:36 am

You people are suckers, you are exactly right. Scarey isn’t it?

Bill Orvis White

December 6th, 2010
11:56 am

Tricia Pridemore would make a great party leader with her 9/12 credentials. Let common sense rule the day and put Miss Tricia in charge. This way, there will be a unified system working in the state.

Merry Christmas and Amen,
Bill

White Rural Democrat

December 6th, 2010
11:58 am

Jane Kidd could yet face opposition from other outlets

Retired Soldier

December 6th, 2010
12:07 pm

Sue has done a great job for four years. Someone will have to make a really strong case for her not to be elected for a third term.

The Dems may want to rethink who is their party leader. Does anyone really think going more liberal will result in electoral victories? I understand their ponit of view, but in this state it is out of the main stream.

missmollie

December 6th, 2010
12:49 pm

Good view, Retired Soldier!!!

Edward Tracey

December 6th, 2010
12:58 pm

The more interesting story is the one where failed 4th congressional district republican nominee and liberal RINO Liz Carter is running for 1st Vice Chair. Everyone should know this is a woman who made speech after speech at purchased Tea Party speaking events where she railed against the conservative (especially social conservative) Republican Party. Now she wants to bring her RINO voice to our Conservative GA Party! NO way! Liz was supported by more gay groups than Hank Johnson in the race for the 4th congressional district. She was not endorsed in the race by GA Right to Life. She is a former democrat, who voted in the 2004 democrat primary for President. She was quaoted as stating that she is a moderate Republican. Someone please run against this woman for 1st Vice Chair of the GA GOP!

Raquel Morris

December 6th, 2010
1:12 pm

How does Shirley Franklin explain her role as Chair of the Coordinated Campaign? What responsibility will she take for those disastrous results?

lawrencevillelions.org » The Fight Is On.

December 6th, 2010
1:15 pm

[...] Everhart plans to run for reelection as Georgia GOP Chair. “The chairman is elected by the grassroots. The governor does not appoint. [...]

Retired Soldier

December 6th, 2010
1:29 pm

Thank-you missmollie.

cs

December 6th, 2010
1:41 pm

Even the History Channel sucks now. Thank God for Cartoon Network. Its more believable than the “History” Channel anyways with its PC bull@#$% slant to its programming.

cs

December 6th, 2010
1:43 pm

Why would anyone want to be head of the democrat party in Ga? All its minorities do is whine whine whine.

Ellen

December 6th, 2010
1:48 pm

I hate that we got Deal. As a Republican/Independent I abhor what this SCC stands for, not just fiscal responsibility and less government, but do as I say politics that really rub me the wrong way.
4-8 more years of the stone age for Georgia.

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December 6th, 2010
2:03 pm

Deal wants Tricia so Deal can control the tens of millions in the Repuke coffers. Maybe get a loan from said coffers. The February due date on those bank loans is fast approaching. Unless they were paid off or forgiven on November 3rd, that is.

Retired Soldier

December 6th, 2010
2:19 pm

M-

Come on M, you know dang well the state party is not going to loan money to Deal. I don’t have a peoblem with you not liking Deal or anyone else for that matter. But your comment was inane.

chuck padden

December 6th, 2010
2:24 pm

Sue Everhart is a trouble-maker. I will take Glenn Beck’s choice over this ol blue-haired mossback any day of the week.

Tired of BS

December 6th, 2010
2:36 pm

Dear Lawd……. Please let the GOP Chair be anyone but Shawn Hanley. He’s sketchy, no doubt about it.

T Knight

December 6th, 2010
2:39 pm

Hank Johnson…. a progressive……. who knew.

Debbie Dooley

December 6th, 2010
2:45 pm

Governor Deal is trying to take control of the Georgia GOP with this move. It has angered the grassroots very much. People you would normally see on opposite sides are now joining forces to stop this.. The Georgia GOP belongs to the grassroots not the Governor. Tricia would just be a rubber stamp for whatever Deal wants. She is not known by the activists and would unapologetically defend Deal and his ethics problems..

The grassroots have to fight this attempt by Deal..

d2

December 6th, 2010
3:18 pm

Chris Reilly is the one

December 6th, 2010
3:50 pm

Tricia Pridemore will not be the one in charge. Chris “I gotta make money off of every Deal I can” Reilly will be in charge of the state party. He and all of Deal’s cronies are looking at that BIG pot of money that the party will raise and seek to stuff their own pockets with it how ever way they can.

Bad day for the GOP grassroots if Reilly, The Shady has any access to the state party coffers.

Georgia Fan

December 7th, 2010
12:13 pm

Shirley Franklin is a great woman, but she is not what the DPG needs for party chair. Mike Berlon is the obvious choice, because he can bring balance to a party that sorely needs it.

missmollie

December 7th, 2010
2:03 pm

Parties are not being very nice to Jane K. or Sue E. Throwing them out like an old pair of worn out shoes….Just remember “What goes around, comes around”… Why not Karen Handel or don’t you trust her???

Grassroots

December 8th, 2010
12:13 am

A 3rd term as GOP chair is unheard of. The conservative Red wave that hit the state and the Nation is due more to the Tea Party than to Sue Everhart. The GOP in Ga, needs new leadership and fresh faces and approach, as does the RNC. it is time that Sue finds a new pasture to graze in.

Tea Partier

December 8th, 2010
1:33 pm

It’s a new era: social media, tea partiers and 912 groups and Americans for Prosperity. These are the groups which changed the face of the nation and the state. The GOP should change to accomodate the times and with it, put someone in charge that reflects the times: Tricia Pridemore.