Dendy re-elected as Cobb GOP chairman
by Geoff Folsom
March 10, 2013 12:08 AM | 4016 views | 4 4 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Joe Dendy
Joe Dendy
Cobb Republican Party Chairman Joe Dendy won a second term Saturday, with his team fending off a challenge from the party’s Ron Paul wing.

The team led by Dendy, 68, took 163 votes (61.5 percent) at Saturday’s county convention at Roswell Street Baptist Church in Marietta, compared to 102 votes (38.5 percent) for the team of Libertarian Oleg Ivutin, 35, a native of Russia and supporter of Paul, a former Texas Congressman and presidential candidate. Winning along with Dendy were First Vice Chair Rose Wing, Second Vice Chair Justin Tomzcak, Secretary Robert Potts, Assistant Secretary Helen Story, Treasurer Vince Clanton and Assistant Treasurer Gus Makris.

“It does show me that the party is still behind me and they are with the direction I’ve taken the party the last two years,” Dendy said.

Dendy’s “Old Guard” team was aided when airline pilot Darryl Wilson dropped out of the race on Wednesday to help avoid diluting the votes of the mainstream candidates.

Questions about voting

Ivutin, a Smyrna resident, said his candidacy was likely doomed when attendees voted, by a 131-124 margin, to make the vote public, as opposed to a secret ballot.

Ivutin said making how people vote known is an old trick used by labor unions.

“A lot of people that voted for the other party, if we had a secret ballot, would have voted for us. Unions do not allow secret ballots for that exact purpose, which is peer pressure.”

Dendy, a west Cobb resident, said the decision on whether to vote publicly was up to attendees. “We were prepared either way,” he said.

Due to term limits, Dendy won’t be able to run for a third consecutive term in 2015.

Looking forward

The Cobb GOP will focus on broadening its base over the next two years.

Dendy said it is reaching out to minority groups, including planning a Hispanic business lunch for next month.

“The Republican Party as a whole needs to reach out,” he said. “We don’t have to compromise our principles.”

The Cobb GOP is also making civic engagement efforts with young people. A video on the U.S. Constitution, featuring state Sen. Barry Loudermilk (R-Cassville) and his family, is now being shown in classrooms across the state.

Ivutin, who came to the United States in 2001 and now owns several businesses, had posted a YouTube video in which he accuses “RINOs,” Republicans in Name Only, of voting like socialists. After Saturday’s vote, he said he was pleased with how civil the meeting was.

While he wasn’t sure if it meant running again for county chairman in two years or looking at a public office, Ivutin, who just entered the race on March 1, said he plans to stay active in Republican circles.

“The last election kind of opened everyone’s eyes,” he said. “When the leadership is wrong, they need to listen to the opposition in the party. And when they do not, their weaknesses are exploited by the Democrats.”

Running unsuccessfully along with Ivutin were Daniel Galloway for first vice chair, Nathaniel Darnell for secretary, Richard Clark for assistant secretary and Chad Teague for assistant treasurer.

State Rep. Charles Gregory (R-Kennesaw) attended last summer’s Republican National Convention in Tampa as a guest of Ivutin, who was a Ron Paul delegate. But after Saturday’s vote, he called for party unity after the vote.

“I believe the Republican Party needs to be a big tent that focuses on drawing people in so we can win elections,” Gregory said.
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March 11, 2013
I would suggest that "invisible source" be a little more respectful and considerate about changes coming to the GOP, at all levels.
Connie Mack Jr
March 11, 2013

would suggest that "invisible source" be a little more respectful and considerate about changes coming to the GOP, at all levels. *Black Government Watch

Right! No doubt you would agree that the invisible source be given a due process trial like that South Georgia "Chair". Sounds like you are a former "Hope" supporter of Obama and now have switch Alien Lizards and on the GOP "Change" spaceship of "Gloom and Doom"
Connie Mack Jr
March 10, 2013

“I believe the Republican Party needs to be a big tent that focuses on drawing people in so we can win elections,” Gregory said.

More Breaking News On Landslide " Gregory" Winning County GOP Chair........

A inside source within the County GOP Party reveal Mr Gregory other Speech if he lost to the Ron Paul faction .."I am sorry to say that I got my political Clock clean today due to a conspiracy of Dreamers who really believe they can seize the Party and save the Republic from those dirty Rotten Communists within our Party and Republic. Besides, this job is not worth it and it about time that I retired to east Cobb where all my good 1% Buddies live..There is money to be made here since we have so many Dumb Yankees who have move here who have no clue to the Health of the County and State and it's decline like the Roman Republic of old....Yeah! I know the Ron Paul supporters really believe that their Republican Paradise is around the corner where the Big Chicken is located at the present moment. Enough said! I am out of here and I hope the Ron Paul Supporters meet the Republican Jesus and get some religion like the Democrat Devil has done with Obama. In fact,Both Jesus and the Devil fought over the Body of Moses on whether Moses would be allowed to enter the Paradise of the promise land, only to find out that the Alien Lizards control the Paradise and the Universe and their stupid political parties from the Dark Side of the Moon"
March 17, 2013
You are a looney toon.
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