I guess it is my turn on Peach Pundit to list my choices for Georgia Republican Party Leadership this Saturday.
Chairman: John Padgett
Last year Republicans swept every constitutional office in Georgia including the hotly contested Governor’s race. We also maintained our overwhelming majorities in the General Assembly, won the open U.S. Senate seat, and defeated incumbent Congressman John Barrow. This was in a year that Georgia Democrats believed they would be coming off of life support, poured millions of dollars into the state, and fought hard to turn our state purple. It did not happen and a great amount of the credit for our success goes to our State Party and John Padgett.
Some have argued for new leadership by wanting to change the job description for the State Chair to the “State Grand Inquisitor” with responsibility for rooting out elected officials who do not pass a particular purity test. Personally, I do not want my party leadership to turn into party bosses deciding who is a good elected Republican. I want Georgia voters to make that decision in primaries and general elections.
If you do not like how elected Republicans are acting, run for office or support someone who you do like. The purpose of the State Chair is to keep Reagan’s Big Tent up and help elect Republican candidates the voters have nominated. John Padgett has done it in 2014 and will keep Georgia red in 2016.
Treasurer: Mansell McCord
Mansell has been a real workhorse for our party. For those who do not know him, let me give you a little background. His education includes an undergraduate degree in accounting, a law degree, and a graduate law degree in taxation.
Within the party, he has served three terms as Georgia’s 5th Congressional District Republican Chairman, and is a long-time member of the GAGOP Permanent Rules Committee, a member of the State Party’s Election Law Team since its inception, and a member of the Georgia GOP State Committee for more than 10 years. He has also served as the Republican Leadership of Georgia’s Administrative Vice Chairman. Federal Election laws and regulations are extremely complex, and understanding those rules and ensuring the Party’s compliance is not an entry level position.
Mansell has the educational and political background and experience to fulfill that role. Regardless of who you are supporting as a delegate on Saturday, I hope to see you in Athens.