How to avoid the pain and expense of a hot GOP primary?… | Political Insider | www.myajc.com

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How to avoid the pain and expense of a hot GOP primary?… | Political Insider | www.myajc.com

Sandra Deal, wife of the governor, has asked them to play nice. Don’t “destroy” each other, she has begged. But her plea for sandbox rules is unlikely to have any effect.

Next year, four or five prominent Republicans will conduct scorched-earth campaigns for the nomination to replace Saxby Chambliss in the U.S. Senate. Millions of dollars will be spent on a slew of incendiary TV ads – first in a summer GOP primary, then in an all-but-certain runoff.

It doesn’t have to be that way. The 700,000 or so people likely to cast a GOP ballot next year could leave the decision to a small herd of Georgia Republican activists – sparing the rest of us all that noise and the candidates all that money.

That idea was one of a handful of policy proposals about to be placed before 1,700 delegates at last weekend’s state GOP convention when the meeting was suddenly dissolved. Because 900 weary delegates had left the room.

The proposal is now in the hands of a state Republican party under new management – John Padgett of Athens was elected chairman before Republicans left town – and so we’re unlikely to see any big changes before next year’s Senate race. But 2016, when U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson is up for re-election, could be another matter.

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