Christian Coalition Questions for the GAGOP Chair Candidates

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Christian Coalition Questions for the GAGOP Chair Candidates

Georgia Christian Coalition
In Their Own Words: The Candidates for GOP Chair 

May 16, 2013

DELEGATES AND ALTERNATES TO THE STATE GOP CONVENTION

It is a pleasure to provide additional information regarding some of the candidates running for State GOP Chair. As you make your voting choices, the Georgia Christian Coalition wanted you to have as much information as possible.

The GCC sent a questionnaire with 15 questions to the four candidates. We are passing to you their answers, unedited. If they did not respond, it is reported in the answer section of each question. Neither candidate said the questions were unfair to their candidacy.Those who responded also supplied contact information should you wish to contact them for more details.

Thanks to Chairman Sue Everhart, under whom a Republican was elected to every Georgia Constitutional office, the chair has become one of the most important positions in state government and in politics. She cannot run again due to term limits.

1. At the local, district, or state levels, what services have you given the GOP?

VanGundy: I served as Precinct Chairman, Gwinnett YR Treasurer, Gwinnett Chairman (4 Years), 6th and 7th District Chairman (6 Years), and 2nd Vice Chairman (4 Years) for the GAGOP. Additionally, I have served as a campaign advisor and volunteer to numerous Republican campaigns.

Harp: I have served at all levels of the party. Precinct Chairman, Muscogee Co, County Chair, Muscogee Co, Third District Chair, General Counsel GA GOP. Delegate to National Conventions, Member Electoral College. I began my service as a worker for Barry Goldwater in 1963-4.

Johnson: DeKalb YR Chairman (2 terms), DeKalb GOP: Legal Counsel, Executive Board Member, Senate District Chair, Precinct Chairman. Republican Nominee for Georgia State Senate in District 41 in 2010, received over 40% of vote in general election.  For further details regarding my experience see: http://www.AdvanceTheGOP.com/about.html and http://www.linkedin.com/pub/jordan-%22alex%22-johnson/4/715/441

Padgett: Did not respond to questionnaire.

2. What has been your Party fund raising experience? 

VanGundy: I chaired Congressman John Linder’s and Gwinnett Commission Chairman Charles Bannister’s campaign where one of my responsibilities was raising money.  Also, as a leader in the above mentioned organizations, I had the task of finding investors who were willing to support our efforts with monetary contributions.

Harp: I have raised funds for my own races Senate 2000-2011, George H W Bush, Phil Gramm,G. W. Bush, numerous Congressmen, other state candidates.

Johnson: Participated in fundraising as a College Republican and Young Republican. Am the incoming foundation committee chairman in the North Atlanta Rotary club, and sit on a board that fundraises from young alumni at Oglethorpe University. For further details regarding my plans for fundraising see: http://www.AdvanceTheGOP.com/plans.html

Padgett: Did not respond to questionnaire.

3. What of major importance about you or your campaign has been least covered by meetings or the media? 

VanGundy: The difference between significant experience with Technology and the specificity of my First 100 Day Plan verses their lack of such experience and the generality of their plans has not been addressed. My plan is a very ambitious and specific set of goals while their plans more resemble mission statements.

Harp: My desire to try and heal the relationship between our elected and governing officers and certain grass root organizations.

Johnson: The fact that I am the only candidate that believes that the Georgia GOP Chairman and Georgia GOP has an obligation to support and represent the interests of the Republican activists throughout Georgia. This contrasts with the historical view that the GOP should solely support politicians, regardless of values.

Padgett: Did not respond to questionnaire.

4. Is there a statewide tax you would support eliminating?  

VanGundy: The state income tax needs to be eliminated and replaced with a Fair Tax. There may be additional taxes as well that should be eliminated. Especially those that are disguised as “fees”. 

Harp: I would eliminate the income tax on personal income.

Johnson: Yes, in my personal opinion, but it would be inappropriate for me to advocate such changes. The State GOP Chairman does not have legislative power and should not be involved in policymaking except as advocated by the grassroots of the GAGOP and the GAGOP State and Executive Committees.

Padgett: Did not respond to questionnaire.

5. In the just concluded Georgia General Assembly session, what legislation would you oppose?

VanGundy: The chairman’s job is to elect conservative Republicans and educate voters about Republican principles.  Therefore, while not yet passed, I oppose the slate of bills that makes a number of local offices non-partisan diminishes the importance of the Georgia Republican Party and hides liberal candidates from scrutiny.

Harp: The original ethics bill that was proposed.

Johnson: The State GOP Chairman needs to support Republican principles, the Republican platform, and the Republican party. As State Chairman, my personal opinion on legislation is secondary to the grassroots of the Georgia GOP and the Georgia GOP State and Executive Committees. Comments on this may divide the party.

Padgett: Did not respond to questionnaire.

6. Further, in the just concluded Georgia General Assembly session, what legislation just passed that you would have most supported?

VanGundy: I personally felt very proud of our Republican leadership for finding a way forward on ethics legislation.  Although imperfect, the ethics bill showed our willingness to tackle tough issues.  More importantly, the process stressed how important citizen activists are; grassroots activism deserves the real credit for reform. 

Harp: The ethics bill proposed by the Senate.

Johnson: The State GOP Chairman needs to support Republican principles, the Republican platform, and the Republican party. As State Chairman, my personal opinion on legislation is secondary to the grassroots of the Georgia GOP and the Georgia GOP State and Executive Committees. Comments on this may divide the party.

Padgett: Did not respond to questionnaire.

7. What laws on immigration should be most strictly enforced at the state level?

VanGundy: Laws shouldn’t leave loopholes and rely on “feel good enforcement.”  Immigration laws should be enforced.  The role the Republican Party has is not about enforcement.  It is about electing principled leadership that looks to biblical, moral foundations for lawmaking.  This is where the Republican Party has influence.

Harp: The identification of illegal’s and their deportations.

Johnson: The State GOP Chairman needs to support Republican principles, the Republican platform, and the Republican party. As State Chairman, my personal opinion on legislation is secondary to the grassroots of the Georgia GOP and the Georgia GOP State and Executive Committees. Comments on this may divide the party.

Padgett: Did not respond to questionnaire.

8. Should party leadership at any level vet candidates who want to run as Republicans?

VanGundy: Yes.

Harp: Yes, but before they qualify and it should be done privately.

Johnson: No-the entire party membership, not just the “leadership”, should ensure that candidates share our Republican principles.

Padgett: Did not respond to questionnaire.

9. Would you encourage candidates who are openly GLBT to run as a Republican? 

VanGundy: No

Harp: No.

Johnson: No-I would not encourage anyone to run as Republican based on their sexual orientation, but based on their policies and platform.

Padgett: Did not respond to questionnaire.

10. Would you support or oppose legislation on homosexual “marriage?”

VanGundy: I oppose the legalization of homosexual “marriage”.

Harp: Oppose.

Johnson: No Response-my personal opinion on legislation is secondary to the grassroots of the Georgia GOP and the Georgia GOP State and Executive Committees. Comments on this may divide the party.

Padgett: Did not respond to questionnaire.

11. Would you require open bidding process for state party purchase of goods and services? 

VanGundy: Yes.

Harp:Yes.

Johnson: Yes-I would support it for significant purchases and contracts, when time constraints allow. Good stewardship of party money is important.

Padgett: Did not respond to questionnaire.

 

12. Should schools and colleges revise standards to create a racial or cultural bias for diversity in hiring or admissions in any education institution receiving state funds?

VanGundy: No.

Harp: No.

Johnson: No Response-this is a legislative issue.

Padgett: Did not respond to questionnaire.

13. Should voting for or giving over $500 total to Democrats where there was Republican opposition in the past 10 years disqualify anyone from being supported? 

VanGundy: Yes. Unless. They have demonstrated what can be described as a genuine change of heart through their actions and words.

Harp: Yes.

Johnson: No-it needs to be on a case-by-case basis, as we should not punish people for their past mistakes if they have truly seen the error of their ways.

Padgett: Did not respond to questionnaire.

14. Should the GAGOP give funds to local or district offices? If so, how much and how would you allocate it?

VanGundy: The state party should budget money to allocate resources that support and provide infrastructure to district and county parties and takes advantage of economies of scale. The state party should not be in the business of direct grants. Local parties that assist the state party with fundraising may share in the proceeds under specific agreements.

Harp: No.

Johnson: Money should be allocated to fund specific events and efforts put on by county/district parties through a case-by-case process that supports efforts to grow the party, statewide, while ensuring all money is effectively used. Block grants would fail since it would lack accountability, and trigger federal reporting requirements.

Padgett: Did not respond to questionnaire.

15. Finally, in the interest of complete fairness we would like to know if for any reason you felt the questions in this survey tended to support or oppose any candidate.  If so, please explain in 50 words.

VanGundy: Yes, I feel the questions are fair.  

Harp: I feel the questions are fair.

Johnson: Some questions involve legislative issues unrelated to the role of Chairman, and the wording could divide the GAGOP, regardless of answer. I am a Christian. I believe in limited government, Constitutional conservative principles. Georgia’s grassroots determines priorities and how they translate to legislation. The Chairman serves the people,

Padgett: Did not respond to questionnaire.

 

Additional Resources: 

Seth Harp: s[email protected]

Alex Johnson: [email protected]

John Padgett: [email protected]

BJ VanGundy: [email protected]

 

Thank you for your time and service to the Republican Party.

 

Please let us know if this questionnaire is helpful in making your voting decision. Also, very important, does a candidate refusing to respond to a legitimate questionnaire make you more or less likely to vote for him? Just drop GCC a line or call.

Sincerely,

Jerry Luquire
President
Georgia Christian Coalition
(706) 366-8298
[email protected]

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