17 House Republicans targeted as RINOs on abortion

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

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63 comments Add your comment

Glenn

March 26th, 2012
1:13 pm

And are these holier than thou’s willing to personally foot the bill for unwanted children who might be conceived if they had their way and things changed to their favor? I think not. They talk a good game; trying to force their their “beliefs” on everyone else without willing to solely bear the responsibilities. Put up or shut up.

Bernie

March 26th, 2012
1:17 pm

Keep up the good work Peach TEA PAC, this article alone will push even more women to the POLLS come November and oust all Republicans who are up for election consideration. Those Votes will insure that your influence is reduced to the level of a Circus coming to town event. Plenty of CLOWNS, but without the three rings.

honested

March 26th, 2012
1:24 pm

Give full support to all of those on ‘the list’ (heck, give them some money too).

Otherwise, our status at the bottom of America’s barrel will continue unabated.

UGA 1999

March 26th, 2012
1:26 pm

Minimal gestation period of a fetus for abortion should be 0 weeks.

Look before I leap...

March 26th, 2012
1:27 pm

One reason (of many) that the GOP is in trouble.
To determine that someone is a RINO (or DINO for that matter) based on a single issue is divisive and counter-productive.

In days gone by when I believed that the GOP actually meant it when they said they were pro-business, anti-big government and fiscally conservative, it was easier to discount the social engineering efforts by the extreme right-flank.

Now that we know the GOP to be just as spend happy as the Democrats with no interest in smaller government, the only distinction seems to be the anti-abortion and anti-gay and pro-religion planks in the platform.

Sad.

Aaron Burr V Mexico

March 26th, 2012
1:27 pm

But but but, the CENTER position is that Abortion is killing babies and only transvaginal ultrasounds are extreme. Making a woman wait 3 more days or just forcing her to have an ultra sound is CENTRAL.

Reframereframereframe. You just got reframed America? How does it feel?

“Duh. I like Snookie. Duh.”

Bernie

March 26th, 2012
1:28 pm

I truly believe that the AJC needs a name change to reflect which political party that organzationally it seems to support by a wide margin. How about the name change of ” The Republican Journal & Tea Party Constitution” with a Motto that reads: “ALL the NEWS we can Misinform and LIE about”

Funny how things change and yet they remain the same……

Marlboro Man

March 26th, 2012
1:32 pm

The tea is bad.

Mike

March 26th, 2012
1:32 pm

Seriously stop trying to make us go back to the stone age. If you want to ruin lives, ruin your own and stay out of everyone elses

Aaron Burr V Mexico

March 26th, 2012
1:35 pm

Both sides lie.

Both sides claim the corporate media are actually the heralds of the enemy, when really they just look for anything and everything that will generate the most buzz and get the most viewers.

Both sides don’t wallow in ignorance however. I’ve never heard a commie pinko liberal hippie say, “Those ivory tower scientists are just disconnected from reality. This email I got from my grandpa and originally published by a corporate propoganda mill is actually real!”

Both sides are dumb, but just like in Animal farm, they are not equally dumb.

(whoa whoa whoa…COMMUNISM! AHA! See, liberals are communists.) News flash. Animal Farm and 1984 are, in fact, actually, about “Both Sides.”

But “Both Sides” are not equal in how close they are to Big Brother mentality.

Yeah, ‘lots of regs’ is in that direction.

“Redefine reality as it is dictated. We were always at war with Oceania/Climate Science” however is a LOT farther.

UGA 1999

March 26th, 2012
1:36 pm

Funny how you guys fight for the life of the kid in Florida. But never cease to fight for the death of unborn babies. Nice.

werty

March 26th, 2012
1:37 pm

we must protect the sperm

Aaron Burr V Mexico

March 26th, 2012
1:41 pm

Funny how you guys fight for the life of unborn babies. But never cease to fight for the death by lack of consequences for anyone not of your party. Nice.

(And cut food stamps, welfare, head start, college grants, medicare, medicaid, science grants, and only taxes for the rich….)

But the CENTER position is that lowering taxes for the right and a tiny bit for the middle class is the center position. The radical right position is no government and the radical left position is that the government forces you to have health insurance so you don’t keep robbing the rest of us in the emergency room when you get sick. RADICAL.

Reframereframeframe. When you say crazy is the Center, then you can say anything you want is moderate.

And America does love to be moderate. “Duh…I like Snookie. I’ll just pick the exact middle between whatever anyone is saying. I just want people to like me. Thinking is HAAAAAAAAAAARD.”

Aaron Burr V Mexico

March 26th, 2012
1:44 pm

Straw Man: “How dare you insult America! Our veterans died and fought for you commie!”

Me: “They also died for my right to insult you!”

Clever Right Wing Idiot: “Well you just go on being hateful and mean and see how many people listen to YOU!”

Me: “I’m sorry. Did you think I was telling you you are an idiot because I wanted people to listen to me? If I thought people were interested in listening, I’d be pretending that most of the people reading this were intelligent. When we all know they’re in GEORGIA. :)

UGA 1999

March 26th, 2012
1:45 pm

Aaron….When we are $15Trillion in debt. Yes sir.

Aaron Burr V Mexico

March 26th, 2012
1:49 pm

@UGA – WOW! POW! Light shows!

The debt! The debt! The debt is on fire!

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH Debt! Run! Panic!

We’re all going to DIEEEEEEEEEE! Buy gold! Buy gold!

Now, do I think the debt is a problem? Sure I do. Only idiots run up the debt. But guess what? I KNOW who runs up debts, and I know that if you are SERIOUS about debts, you raise taxes and cut spending both.

So when I hear a Republican talk about “Debt” I hear, “Hello, my name is PT Barnum. There is a sucker born every minute and I want it to be you! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! See the Circus! Watch the Dancing Elephants!”

UGA 1999

March 26th, 2012
1:49 pm

Aaron….I am fine with them raising taxes on ALL americans. No problem at all.

Ga Values Ron Paul for Peace & prosparity

March 26th, 2012
1:51 pm

Mine didn’t make the list but I will have voted to fire him after he voted for the Deal tax increase.

Aaron Burr V Mexico

March 26th, 2012
1:51 pm

@UGA – Well that is pretty much the exact opposite of what Every. Single. Norquist. Slave. believes, but congratulations on the consistency of your beliefs sir.

Newtewt.

March 26th, 2012
2:01 pm

Repubs: “Get the DANG Gub’ment out of lives and INTO our women’s wombs!!

Jqhiggins

March 26th, 2012
2:02 pm

The idea that Wendell Willard has departed from basic conservative principles is risible.

Aquagirl

March 26th, 2012
2:03 pm

The teanuts slide further toward irrelevancy. They should have learned from the Republicans’ mistake: let social right-wingers into your house and they’ll trash the place.

GaBlue

March 26th, 2012
2:18 pm

I am thrilled that my Rep is on the list, and I thanked him profusely for not caving to the bully tactics of Georgia’s self-appointed judger of women, Dan Becker, who haunts the halls of our Capitol while we are busy at our jobs, threatening to ruin the careers of representatives who dare to represent the people of this state instead of his personal misogynistic agenda.

It is NOT A BETRAYAL OF CONSERVATIVE IDEALS to allow physicians to make decisions about what is in the best interest of their patients without a bunch of legislators poking their noses in on the behest of Dan Becker.

Dan Becker. That’s his name. Dan Becker wants to put government in between doctors and patients. My Representative said, “No, I don’t think so.” My Representative has the testicular fortitude to stand up for sanity in the realm of lost minds. THANK YOU.

Ayn Rant

March 26th, 2012
2:29 pm

Does this mean that the Republicans not on the list are even stupider than the Seventeen? That’s a stretch of the imagination!

Does the Georgia Constitution list pregnancy management as one of the powers of the state Legislature? I doubt it.

William Smith

March 26th, 2012
3:01 pm

The tea party is the poster child of what is wrong in American politics. They want government out of our lives as long as it does not agree with there agenda. However, government should be in our lives as long as it agrees with there agenda. The tea party should be ordered to pay for any cost related to there agenda. For example if stem cell research cures cancer. They should not be allowed to use it. If an abortion is not done and the child ends up as a ward of the state the tea party should be forced to pay for the cost. I consider myself a conservative but they are way overboard. There is a difference between Goldwater and Hitler.

Shar

March 26th, 2012
3:01 pm

How convenient! A list of those representatives who actually thought about this issue and voted based on the well being of their constituents, in the face of personal threats by people who are not brave enough to run for election themselves but only too eager to hijack the democratic process. Now I can refer to this list when mulling my donations and my vote. Thanks!

Road Scholar

March 26th, 2012
3:07 pm

UGA: Let me explain why- the boy that was killed in Florida was born, had grown up w/o any record (except for a recent pot possession charge) and was shot by a citizen who did not have the authority to shoot him.. The babies that are aborted were not born. Most babies in their mother’s wombs cannot live w/o life support.

Road Scholar

March 26th, 2012
3:09 pm

Oh I’ve voted for Mike Jacobs before, both when he was a Demo and then a Repub. Not only would I vote for him again….but may make a donation to him this time because of this.

clyde

March 26th, 2012
3:15 pm

Aren’t religious conservatives just wonderful?This is exactly what the Republican Party doesn’t need;another fight among themselves.

td

March 26th, 2012
3:16 pm

So Wendell Willard believes a Judge should have the right to determine that a fit parent can loose all rights to see and raise their children but does not mind women murdering their unborn children. Great morals Wendell. I sure hope you are removed from office first.

Tom

March 26th, 2012
3:21 pm

Hate it when moonbats bass stir dyes the ‘TEA’ moniker.

No Teabagging

March 26th, 2012
3:23 pm

td

March 26th, 2012
3:25 pm

Hate is when a woman murders their own child and it is called genocide when a society allows it to happen under the guise of privacy.

Tom

March 26th, 2012
3:32 pm

Murder’s illegal around these parts.

Aquagirl

March 26th, 2012
3:37 pm

Don’t mind td. He gets cranky when he misses his nap.

Centrist

March 26th, 2012
3:44 pm

The Tea Party is made up of many factions. I do not support the one referenced here, and have no problem with some RINO’s (or Blue Dog Democrats). The Tea Party I follow does NOT get involved in religious, women’s rights, or other social issues. This is from their website: http://www.teaparty-platform.com/

Ten Core Beliefs of the Modern-Day Tea Party Movement

1. Eliminate Excessive Taxes

2. Eliminate the National Debt

3. Eliminate Deficit Spending

4. Protect Free Markets

5. Abide by the Constitution of the United States

6. Promote Civic Responsibility

7. Reduce the Overall Size of Government

8. Believe in the People

9. Avoid the Pitfalls of Politics

10. Maintain Local Independence

Ga Values Ron Paul for Peace & prosparity

March 26th, 2012
4:06 pm

With a single punch, Trayvon Martin decked the Neighborhood Watch volunteer who eventually shot and killed the unarmed 17-year-old, then Trayvon climbed on top of George Zimmerman and slammed his head into the sidewalk several times, leaving him bloody and battered, authorities have revealed to the Orlando Sentinel.

That is the account Zimmerman gave police, and much of it has been corroborated by witnesses, authorities say.

Zimmerman has not spoken publicly about what happened, but that night, Feb. 26, and in later meetings he described and re-enacted for police what he says happened.

In his version of events, he had turned around and was walking back to his SUV when Trayvon approached him from behind, the two exchanged words then Trayvon punched him in the nose, sending him to the ground, and began beating him.

http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2012-03-26/news/os-trayvon-martin-zimmerman-account-20120326_1_marijuana-report-press-conference-gated-community

Look before I leap...

March 26th, 2012
4:10 pm

Centrist

March 26th, 2012
3:44 pm

The Tea Party is made up of many factions

Then the “real” tea party needs to be more vigilant about who is hi-jacking the ‘tea party’ handle and actively dissuade the social conservatives from identifying as a tea-party aligned faction.

GREATEST CONSERVATIVE HAS THE ANSWER...RIP

March 26th, 2012
4:24 pm

GREATEST CONSERVATIVE HAS THE ANSWER..RIP

March 26th, 2012
4:25 pm

Centrist

March 26th, 2012
4:25 pm

Look before I leap posted “Then the ‘real’ tea party needs to be more vigilant about who is hi-jacking the ‘tea party’ handle and actively dissuade the social conservatives from identifying as a tea-party aligned faction.”

Huge problem there. No central organization for all of these grass roots factions. Nobody speaks for them all – but you notice Galloway only references a single group called Peach Tea PAC to incorrectly make it appear its ultra conservative stances represent all Tea party factions. This is a typical liberal tactic since liberals don’t like most of the core beliefs posted above any more than this faction’s more controversial ancillary ones.

Here is a quote and website reference: “Because the modern-day Tea Party movement is a grassroots movement of local as well as national groups there is no one central leadership of the Tea Party movement.

Each Tea Party group determines its own priorities and sets its own agenda, though there are loose affiliations between groups and communication for the purposes of organizing particular Tea Party Protests and Tea Party demonstrations.” – http://www.teaparty-platform.com/Tea_Party_Movement_P9MG.html

Aaron Burr V Mexico

March 26th, 2012
4:39 pm

@George Values Long Names and Racism and Somewhere in there Ron Paul Even Though Ron Paul Totally Isn’t Racist – Well, if you’re right then a NON all white federal investigation will, of course, clear him, as things like forensics are examined.

Which, when someone dies a REAL police department does. This really isn’t about Zimmerman so much as the total white wash by the local law enforcement.

Aaron Burr V Mexico

March 26th, 2012
4:41 pm

@Center Right – Just like Occupy, except that all variations of the Tea Party don’t have Federally coordinated DHS strikes crushing them at the behest of local and national Chambers of Commerce.

And yes, I do blame Obama for that.

Look before I leap...

March 26th, 2012
4:42 pm

@Centrist

Well, if you wallow in the sty with pigs, you are gonna dirty and smelly.

If the GOP returned to its roots, we would not need a grass roots movement that has immediately been tainted with the same disease that affects the Republican party.

Mudfoot

March 26th, 2012
4:42 pm

I posted this on Kyle’s blog earlier. It fits here as well, just keep in mind that the “piece” I refer to is Kyle’s and not this article:

“Regardless of Obama and his actions, it’s truly a sad day for America as we have implemented a “shove your compromise up yer butt” political policy, especially since politics REQUIRE compromise. Despite that moderates and centrists from both parties are being ousted via pressure from their peers and the vote of the intolerant populace. While this makes for great TV and lots of fuel for the melodramatic to throw upon the fire, it accomplishes NOTHING and slows any progress or improvement to a standstill or worse. It’s childish, it’s self-defeating and it’s pointless, yet this is the mindset that has overtaken a large portion of the voting populace and it is also the mindset that the media (on both sides) are all to eager to highlight, promote and profit from. This piece is a perfect example of that, and the comments will most likely illustrate my comments regarding voters quite well also.

Wake up America – While it’s probably fun and easy to embrace the demogogues and the melodramatics while amongst friends and peers, it is completely counter-productive in the stewardship of a country.. Can’t you folk just watch reality tv or something for your drama fix?”

Santorum BIlly

March 26th, 2012
4:46 pm

Nuke the moon it is false idol in they eye of unholy gawd!

Real American

March 26th, 2012
4:52 pm

There is no “real tea party”…just some astroturf groups that have been infighting a lot since only a few are getting the money and the rest are getting none.

honested

March 26th, 2012
5:07 pm

Road Scholar,

While he might get a pass on this one, there are more than enough reasons to send mike jacobs back to whatever it is that he is good at besides pretending to be a legislator.

Aaron Burr V Mexico

March 26th, 2012
5:16 pm

This legislature is the biggest joke on the face of the planet, and the vast majority of them are idiots. Reelecting them in any capacity is a dark mark upon your soul. A small handful are heroes, including the women who walked out of the We Like To Be Godwins Act of 2012, (though I’d be willing to bet they’ve done something else worthy of contempt), the Republican legislator who defended Jeckyll Island from Sonny Perdont…and that’s all that comes to mind.

A true and total waste of time they all are.

Aaron Burr V Mexico

March 26th, 2012
5:16 pm

(Sorry…biggest joke AFTER the United States Senate….)