Dear delegates to the Georgia GOP Convention,
I hope you are all well back in Georgia. Mary and I may be on a missionary detachment, but you can rest assured our hearts are still in Georgia.
Wow, 15 years passes quickly. When we gathered at the state convention in 2002, we Republicans were and had been in the minority all of modern history. Some of you were there then, and some of you are still there, passionately continuing the fight. However, some of you may not even remember what being in the minority was like.
That’s why I’m writing.
Let remind ourselves that it has been 15 years since Republicans became victorious in Georgia, thanks to passionate believers like you and many others. And after that record of successes, organizations tend to get complacent, and I’m afraid we may be in that category.
I don’t want that to happen. That’s why I am strongly supporting JOHN WATSON as your next Chair, among several fine people who are also offering themselves.
Frankly, I thought John was crazy to be willing to sacrifice his time and family to do the thankless job of Chair, but I do not think there is anyone better prepared or positioned to lead our party organization to continuing victories.
I will state unequivocally that without the strategic thinking and planning of John Watson there would have been no Sonny Perdue Governorship. Then, more than likely, the Senate and House would not be Republican, nor all the statewide office holders, and possibly no Senator David Perdue.
After 15 years, we are no longer the rag-tag revolutionary army. John and I both believe that elections are won by passionate supporters supporting the right candidate, but it also takes resources, strategy, and leadership who can bring people together to achieve incredible victories.
We are fighting forces of D-Day who survived the slaughter of the beaches, who now must fight field by field, hedgerow by hedgerow to Berlin, and we need a Patton to lead us. No army can continue to fight without fuel, food, and bullets. John can get his phone calls returned to resupply our troops as we march across a dangerous, hostile landscape.
The proverbial war is never “won” in this life, but we must continue to fight.
At the end of the day, this is an election. I will not break fellowship with you over your choice and we must remain a united force as we advance our Republican principles. I do, however, ask that you remember John’s longstanding contributions to our Republican majority as you head to Augusta this weekend. We have indeed been victorious in previous battles for 15 years, but I assure you that John is not an “insider”. He’s just an experienced, grimy, war-hardened field general who knows how to beat the Democrats, and I’m excited to watch John lead that charge.