Below is a letter from a coalition of tea partyers and religious conservatives, demanding that the Legislature take up a cap on gifts from lobbyists. The signatures at the bottom are worth looking at:
Over the past two and half years we have seen the biggest grassroots conservative movement in recent history. The American, and more specifically Georgia conservative has risen-up (some for the first time) to become involved in the political process.
We are dedicated to a return to fiscal and personal responsibility, constitutionally limited government, and free market solutions. Now, Tea Party groups, 9-12 groups, and other grassroots activists are uniting together with long-time established conservative statewide organizations in Georgia to call for strong ethics and accountability from our leaders.
We now have the ability to move forward on what could be the most important piece of legislation this session, a comprehensive ethics reform bill being offered by Representative Tommy Smith in the State House and Senator Josh McKoon in the State Senate.
We can look to our neighbors in Louisiana, as a prime example of how ethics reform can transform a state. Louisiana has gone from last to ranking first in the nation on tough ethics laws. .
A recent poll by the Atlanta Journal Constitution shows that 82% of Georgia Republicans support ethics reform, specifically with a cap on lobbyist gifts to legislators. The same poll also shows 72% of all Georgians (Republicans and Democrats) support comprehensive ethics reform in Georgia.
This truly is the most important election of our lifetime. We as Republicans must stand-up for all of the values we know to be good and honest. The ethics of our party, and our elected officials must be above reproach.
As leaders in the conservative movement, we call on you to sign-on to the ethics reform legislation being offered by Representative Tommy Smith in the State House and Senator Josh McKoon in the State Senate.
With your support, Georgia can lead the nation in ethics and accountability, and we call on you to support this important legislation.
Julianne Thompson – State Coordinator, Georgia Tea Party Patriots, Co-Organizer, Atlanta Tea Party
Kay Godwin – Co-Founder, Georgia Conservatives in Action
Dan Becker – President, Georgia Right to Life
Debbie Dooley – State Coordinator, Georgia Tea Party Patriots, Co-Organizer Atlanta Tea Party
Pat Tippett – Co-Founder, Georgia Conservatives in Action
Sara Salsbury – State President, Eagle Forum
Jack Smith – Chairman, North Georgia Tea Party Alliance, Gilmer County Tea Party
Jerry LaGuire – President, Georgia Christian Coalition
Nolan and Diane Cox – Valdosta Tea Party
Judy Craft – Conservative Republican Women of North Atlanta
Wendy Bloedt – Coweta County Tea Party
Michael Opitz – President, Madison Forum
Steve Ramey – Founding Fathers Tea Party Patriots
Cheryl Espy-Dalton – Clayton County 9-12 Tea Party
Sahar Hekmati – Conservative Republican Women
Mary Adamski – North Georgia 9-12
Terri Green – Conservative Republican Women of North Atlanta
Linda Umberger – Dawson County Tea Party
Debbie Whelchel – North Georgia New Generation Republican Women
Cheryl Lavette – Smart Girl Politics
Nickie Summers – C.E.O. of Stand Up Be Read
Jeff Chapman – Peach Tea PAC
Kathy Hildebrand – Conservative Republican Women of North Atlanta
Jody Hice – President, Let Freedom Ring Ministries
Mike Griffin – Executive Director, Ten Commandments Project of Georgia
Bob Frey – Georgia Tea Party Patriots
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider