Rep. Charles Gregory gives statement about Republican party
March 10, 2013 11:17 AM | 2924 views | 14 14 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Regarding the Cobb County Republican Convention: I like Joe Dendy. I have a tremendous amount of respect for his work ethic and everything he does to keep the Party going. I look forward to working with Joe to grow the Republican Party over the next two years.

That being said, nearly half of the Republican Party openly voted in opposition to Joe at the convention this morning, in favor of a virtually unknown competing slate that didn’t even campaign until two days before the convention.

This is because several of the more conservative wings of the Party feel frustrated over a barrage of attempts to marginalize and push them out of the Party.

Over the past 15 years, the Republican Party has been successful in Georgia because we invited people in. Shoot, half the elected Republicans in this state used to be Democrats.

That’s how you grow the party and that’s how you win National elections — by being a big

tent. I don’t know when that changed. There should be room for healthy debate. Everyone should have a voice and everyone should be respected.

According to the demographics and reapportionment office at the Capitol, most of Cobb will go Democrat within 10 years. If the Republican Party is going to remain relevant and if we are to have any hope of winning National elections, we’ve got to be inclusive.

To use myself as an example, I consider myself to be a constitutionalist and liberty first Republican. I have supported only Republican candidates since I was old enough to be interested in politics; yet I, and many of my supporters, continue to be accused of being Libertarian, not Republican, by quotes from individuals in this paper, simply because I fought for a Republican candidate this past election that wasn’t the establishment candidate. This issue of exclusion extends to various Tea Party groups as well. This infighting is a real shame since we’re talking about people who agree probably 85 percent of the time.

There are fantastic individuals on all sides of this issue and it is my sincere hope to bridge these gaps and start working together. There is a lot of misunderstanding out there; I will continue working to improve communications and build relationships with individuals from all groups.

I congratulate Joe and the rest of “Team Dendy.” Running the Cobb GOP is no easy task and I know Joe and the rest of the executive committee put their heart and soul into what they do.

For that they have my deepest appreciation.

 

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Answer for Who
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March 16, 2013
He is John Galt and we need millions more like him to save our freedom, liberty and constitution
Dr. Cindye Coates
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March 11, 2013
I know and love Joe & Billie Dendy. They are tireless workers for all they believe to be right. I have have worked with them for many years on various campaigns and initiatives. They are shining examples of when seniors citizens should be doing with they wisdom.

However, I agree with Charlie Gregory. He has a valid point on being inclusive and expanding our tent stakes. Remember " the prayer of Jabez"? It applies.

The Cobb GOP has been the flagship delegation for over a decade because of our ability to work together and be diverse ( no matter what the media tries to skew). Republicans have been known to champion businesses large and small so that families would have dignity and not depend on the government to sustain them.

It takes the same amount of lumber to build a bridge as it does to build a wall. Let's use our short time on the earth wisely for the sake of our children and grandchildren to come.

Time to build like never before. Hand me a hammer.

Frank S.
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March 10, 2013
Finally, an elected official who gets it. I'm a conservative too, but I understand that if we continue to live in the 19th century and focus on "issues" like evolution and gay marriage, we will get nowhere and allow the bigger tent to get everything from Obamacare to higher taxes. We have to broaden the tent or the GOP will go the way of the Whigs. Wake up, people, Mr. Gregory is right!
Ryu
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March 10, 2013
Well said. Charles Gregory is a gentleman and a scholar.
R at the Convention
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March 10, 2013
Maybe because most of those that voted for the competing slate were Ron Paulers. They aren't Republicans, they are thieves. I overheard someone at the convention say that it was

'theft by taking,' and that couldn't be more true. The Libertarians can't make it on their own so they resort to hijacking the Republican meetings and conventions.

What makes them any different than the current POTUS? Take from those that have and give to those who have not earned it.

Perhaps if the "Ron Paulers" want to steal, they should join up with the Democrats; Socialism all around.
David Staples
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March 11, 2013
“If you analyze it I believe the very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism.” – Ronald Reagan

I take it you don't like Ronald Reagan?
Joseph Pond
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March 11, 2013
The TRUE Libertarians can, and will, make it on their own. We have no choice. WE do not need to hijack an existing Party. There are some confused Republicans out there- but please do not sully our proud Libertarian name by address them as one of us~
kidonyourlawn
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March 11, 2013
Good luck with helping the Republican party become irrelevant in the next decade do to the shared idea that anyone who doesn't blindly vote the party line is a socialist thief.
Ryu
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March 11, 2013
It sounds as though you didn't read Charles's statement. Charles has never been a Libertarian; always a Republican.

You can only believe this is "theft" if you believe that the current slate of Cobb GOP officers OWNS the party. They do not.

Let me guess... you're one of them?
The Cause
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March 11, 2013
Your comment shows how short-sighted and ignorant you are. You actually want conservative minded individuals to go to other parties? This mentality is what is shrinking the GOP in Cobb.
What's being stolen?
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March 12, 2013
How is supporting candidates that are running against the “Dendy Team” Stealing? By definition a convention is a selection from among two or more alternatives. If the “Dendy Team” was the only option there would be no point in having a convention.

What makes “Ron Paulers” different from the Current POTUS? Most “Ron Paulers” are Independents, Conservative Republicans, and yes even Democrats fed up with government encroachment. They share the same views as Libertarians on the role of government. These views used to be the heart of the Republican platform. However, mainstream Republicans today are touting social legislation.

I’m sorry you were uncomfortable with confrontation at last weekends Cobb County Convention. However, anything worthwhile is not easy!
Gregory Who?
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March 10, 2013
Who is Gregory?

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