Chip Pearson withdraws from state GOP chairmanship race

The race to replace Sue Everhart as chairman of the state GOP may be over before it really got started.

On Sunday afternoon, former state senator Chip Pearson of Dawsonville – the first announced candidate in the contest – has pulled out of the contest. That leaves B.J. VanGundy, now second vice-president in the GOP hierarchy, as the only active candidate.

VanGundy was a top Newt Gingrich operative in Georgia during the presidential primary, and was recently nominated by Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle to the state’s newly re-authorized charter school commission.

In withdrawing from the race, Pearson cited the press of other interests. A few paragraphs from a note he sent to supporters on Sunday afternoon:

It has been my hope to lead that charge here in Georgia and help take the Georgia GOP to the next level in the process. In fact, many of you had helped us start the preliminary framework for a new party model this last fall. I believe the plan we sketched out is sound, prudent, and obtainable for Georgia to maintain and grow not only our majority, but a conservative base for the next decade. I am willing to support this plan and effort, and anyone who supports it.

Unfortunately, at this time I have determined that with family first, and work second being priority, as well as commitments at church, Boy Scouts and Civil Air Patrol, I do not have the necessary time to dedicate to the position of party chairman and do the kind of job that is expected or deserved. This is certainly not a decision that I have made lightly, and I expect will disappoint most of you as it does me. Possibly at some point in the future I will be able to consider this position or another, but that time is not now.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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15 comments Add your comment


January 14th, 2013
3:11 pm

A Nwet disciple as the head of the state party. We are now heading in the right direction. I know this one chaps Jim badly. lol

One Who Knows...

January 14th, 2013
3:15 pm

BJ VanGundy will not go unopposed… he is dragging way too much baggage along with him.

Phil Wolf

January 14th, 2013
3:30 pm

Shawn Hanley where are you boy? Your state needs you. It is your turn to lead GA out of the good old boy system that has been quashing the spirit of liberty and kowtowing to the establishment..

Right for Private Schools to [Private] Prisons pipeline

January 14th, 2013
3:34 pm

Invest now in the private schools and private prisons these shills are promoting. And don’t forget, that moral beacon o a man, Newt, is on his third religion, third [official] wife and he and his minions have all the answers: greed and hate. And lower taxes for the rich. And to screw the dummies that vote for them, while blaming that black guy we elected overwhelmingly.


January 14th, 2013
3:34 pm

Experience with noot’s losing campaign.

What a spectacular qualification for continuing down the cliff in the OnePartyState!

Will the last Democrat in Georgia please turn off the lights?.....

January 14th, 2013
3:48 pm

Just what in the heck is going on? First Chip Rogers and now Chip Pearson. What’s next, Chocolate Chips?

We’re losing all the Chips, left and right, but mainly right, oh the humanity!


January 14th, 2013
5:09 pm

Wonder what kind of cushy job did goo dole bit put Pearson in…and what does it pay….

Cronies at its best….bye crooked unethical nate 2014…

Is this good or bad for the Citizens…if history is correct BAD BAD.


January 14th, 2013
5:09 pm


nathan's political arsonist

January 14th, 2013
5:47 pm

I just hope he’s funny as noot


January 14th, 2013
5:53 pm

I would suspect that Van Gundy is td, if not for the fact that he went to the North Ave. Trade School.

“If there is a quintessential Limbaugh listener, we found him in suburban Atlanta: a 33-year-old mortgage banker named B.J. Van Gundy. A graduate of Georgia Tech, a former bartender, Catholic, married, Van Gundy is a fiscal conservative who doesn’t want the Republican Party to get bogged down in battles over abortion or school prayer. He’s earnest, opinionated. He’s comfortable in his business suit, regularly whips out his cellular phone, and drives a Jeep Cherokee with a bumper sticker that reads: “Visualize No Liberals.”

Like all dittoheads, Van Gundy grimaces at the notion that he is the member of a cult. “Do I look robotic to you?” he asks. Well, a bit stiff perhaps, but a robot, no. “I think most of us out here listening to Rush like what he says because we already think these things. He’s just incredible at saying it.”

But what really seems to inspire Van Gundy is Limbaugh’s personal success: “He was a loser 10 or 12 years ago. He didn’t have two nickels to rub together. And for him to have done this is just phenomenal. I just want my turn next.”

[...] Senator Chip Pearson sent an email this weekend announcing that he has withdrawn from the race.  Galloway has the email text.  That leaves current Chairman of 2nd Vice B.J. VanGundy as the only candidate actively seeking [...]


January 14th, 2013
7:08 pm

We need Tricia Pridemore. We need a leader


January 14th, 2013
8:38 pm

Diehard, you have lost your mind. Not only did Tricia fail to keep her promise to reveal all donors and expenditures in her first (failed) campaign, she sits on the very board shrouded in mystery that voted to approve this Falcons stadium that NO ONE supports, esp the GAGOP.

[...] Senator Chip Pearson sent an email this weekend announcing that he has withdrawn from the race.  Galloway has the email text.  That leaves current Chairman of 2nd Vice B.J. VanGundy as the only candidate actively seeking [...]


January 15th, 2013
11:49 am

B.J. van Gundy is by far the most qualified person to lead the state GOP. He has the integrity, experience, fine education, business acumen and personality that will make him an excellent leader going into the future. B.J. is a consensus-builder who knows how to reach across the aisle without comprising his core principles. There is no doubt that B.J. will pull everyone in the party under its large tent. I urge anyone to look up B.J.’s impeccable record to learn more about this fine gentleman and what he will accomplish for this state.

Do want to know about baggage? Look no further than Tricia Pridemore, who has more baggage than the undercarriage of a Delta airplane.