The problematic proposal would enable the Georgia state conference to forbid Republicans from standing as candidates. It is being supported by a far-right organization that has been at odds with people like Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and Gov. Brian Kemp over the 2020 election for a long time.
“In order to prevent candidates from running as Republicans if they are thought to be inadequately conservative or a “betrayer” to the party, a far-right group that has grown in influence inside the Georgia GOP wants to grant the state party unprecedented powers.”
“Officials of the Georgia Republican Assembly, a hardline group that has demonized Governor Brian Kemp, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, along with other Republicans who refused to comply with Donald Trump’s requests to have his election loss overturned, are pushing for the rule change.”
“According to the proposed rule change, the Georgia GOP conference might decide to forbid political contenders from being eligible to seek office as a Republican in the following election, providing the state party’s 1,500 or more representatives the power to choose favorites in competitive races.”
Kemp, Raffensperger, and other individuals have often come under fire from GRA members who refer to them as “big money interests’ tools” and charge them with having “disdain” towards grassroots voters.
In spite of assaults coming from former president Donald Trump along with Trump supporters, Kemp won re-election in 2022 with a greater margin, increasing his lead against Stacey Abrams by around three percentage points. This rise was seen among populations that are normally Democratic.
“There are considerable challenges with the proposed regulation. Before the state GOP conference in June can vote on it, the rules committee for the state GOP must review the proposed policy change. Even if it overcomes those obstacles, which party insiders believe is doubtful, it would immediately be challenged in court by the first candidate disqualified under the new regulations.”
Cody Hall, a Kemp advisor, said, “So much for honoring the choice of the voters. Given the source, it shouldn’t be surprising that this awful idea is probably unconstitutional.”