Peach Tea PAC, the tea party organization created this winter as a means of reestablishing the clout of religious conservatism in the Capitol, today published a list of 17 “in-name-only” House Republicans it intends to target in the July primary.
Most, but not all, of the Republicans named voted against — or did not cast a ballot for — HB 954, the bill to shorten the period during which women can seek abortions, even if the fetus is non-viable. The Senate will take up the bill this afternoon.
Among other reasons cited for opposition: Support for HB 630, a measure to eliminate discrimination in public hiring by sexual orientation or gender identity; support for this summer’s transportation sales tax referendum; and opposition to ethics reform. The group says HB 630 would “legalize sex acts that are now crimes in Georgia.” The measure has not moved this session.
“The following members have displayed a willingness to depart from the conservative principles that form the bedrock of the Georgia Republican Party platform. These members have been flagged as Republicans in name only,” says the release issued by former state senator Jeff Chapman, the leader of the new group and the former Republican candidate for governor.
Click here to see the website. Those named:
– Amos Amerson of Dahlonega, who chairs the House technology committee and has blocked legislation to curtail embryonic stem cell research and in vitro fertilization;
– Tommy Benton of Jefferson, who voted against HB 954.
– Mickey Channel of Greensboro, who voted against HB 954;
– Sharon Cooper of Marietta, who walked out of the chamber rather than cast a vote for HB 954;
– Harry Geisinger of Roswell, for co-sponsoring HB 630.
– Mike Jacobs of Atlanta, who voted against HB 954;
– Judy Manning of Marietta, for voting – allegedly caught on video – in support of a proposed amendment by state Rep. Stacey Abrams to gut HB 954 while it lay in the House Rules Committee.
– Don Parson of Marietta, who voted against HB 954;
– Jay Powell of Camilla, who voted against HB 954;
– Chuck Sims of Ambrose, listed as “excused” from the vote on HB 954;
– Kip Smith of Columbus, who voted against HB 954;
– Richard Smith of Columbus, who voted against HB 954;
– Ron Stephens of Savannah, who was excused from the vote on HB 954. He was also a co-sponsor of HB 630.
– Tom Taylor of Dunwoody, who voted against HB 954;
– Joe Wilkinson of Sandy Springs, who was excused from a vote on HB 954;
– and Wendell Willard, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, who voted against HB 954, was a co-sponsor of HB 630.
The RINO list also included Rusty Kidd of Milledgeville, who was elected as an independent. He was excused from a vote on HB 954.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider