Milledgeville _ Don’t expect Georgia’s GOP to let insiders select their party’s nominees any time soon.
The Republican Party’s state committee resoundingly voted on Saturday against studying a move away from summer primary votes and toward letting a convention of party devotees tap the party’s candidates.
The resolution was a scaled-down version of Brant Frost V’s original plan, which he brought because he said the grass-roots base that powered the GOP for generations has been “discriminated against” during the party’s resurgence. Primaries put too much emphasis on “the power of Big Media and Big Money,” his resolution said.
Many elected leaders are against a change, including House Speaker David Ralston, who told the AJC that the voters in his North Georgia district spend their nights at Little League games and family events – not at party meetings and insider conventions.
That contention, not surprisingly, upset some of the insiders.
“I’m here on Saturday trying to get good candidates nominated and elected to good positions. People cannot run in a primary unless they are extraordinarily wealthy,” said Jim Camp, a Coweta County activist who detailed the thousands miles he’s drove crisscrossing the state for meetings.
“We have all these uninformed voters out there deciding who the right candidate is. Let’s put the right candidates out there and let the general election decide.”