Today, the Georgia Republican Party called their convention to order at Jekyll Island, amidst the backdrop of charting a path forward for the 2022 primary challenges for Governor Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, plus their quest to win back the Senate seat from Reverend Raphael Warnock, vanquishing Stacey Abrams, and re-aligning themselves with former President Donald J. Trump. Chairman David Shafer is expected to win reelection.
Speaking of primary challengers, former Democratic State Rep Vernon Jones gave a speech, highlighting the fact Georgia Republicans have run out of white conservatives to court, urging the party to attract people of color to their tent.
“Republicans, you’ve run out of white conservatives,” Jones said. “You’ve run out of them. There (are) none left.”
Jones also said he was not afraid to take on President Joe Biden, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Senator Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. He also had an attack line for Stacey Abrams:
“And Dorothy isn’t leading them from Kansas, they’re being led by that Wicked Witch from the South, Stacey Abrams,” he said.
Georgia Senate President Pro Tem Butch Miller gave a speech, drumming up support for his run for Georgia’s Lieutenant Governor position. At times, Miller has been the second most powerful Republican inside the statehouse, as current Lieutenant Gov. Geoff Duncan abstained from presiding from votes on legislation that he did not agree with.
“We are at a crossroads unlike anything we have ever seen before in the history of the United States. Georgia is the liberal left’s number one targets,” Miller said. “We have a decision to make in this crossroads: do we cower to the woke mob of Stacey Abrams or do we fight?”
Governor Kemp gave a speech, and he was booed loudly, as the attendees were aggrieved with his lack of effort to re-litigate the 2020 Presidential Election. He would be applauded when he mentioned Georgia was the first state to fully reopen during the Coronavirus Pandemic. Kemp also highlighted the passage of legislation that significantly reduced access to abortions and the renovation of the state’s election system.
There are eight resolutions the conference will vote on this weekend:
1. A resolution calling for stronger enforcement of immigration laws
2. A resolution urging the Georgia general assembly to rescind Delta Airlines’s jet fuel tax credit
3. A resolution to safeguard students and their privacy and biological rights in Georgia public schools and universities
4. A resolution opposing social-emotional learning (SEL) platforms and critical race theory and the 1619 project in Georgia public schools and universities
5. A resolution supporting “the defend the guard act”
6. A resolution to study removing the gag rule from Georgia republican primaries and calling for greater grassroots involvement in the primary process
7. A resolution calling for increased election integrity in Georgia
8. A resolution to censure Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger