Who will lead the Cobb GOP into the future?

Cobb County Republicans are on the cusp of electing new leadership. Will that be new leadership or will the current leadership continue?

Most will read and think this decision of little import, but not much could be further from the truth. If you are a member of a republican democracy, acting locally is the most important thing you can do. Nearly every leader starts from a local base. Few have had the ability to enter the state or national body politic without these vetting stages.

So how do we judge these local politicians in terms of their ability and fealty to you, the citizen, as foil to the iron law of oligarchy? I would suggest we catch them at times of stress, where their preening ambitions are most on display and their dedication to principle most at risk.

Two who would seek to lead the County are on display in the events relating to the appeal of the Cobb County Convention held in Cobb County on March 14, 2015.

The attorney for the appellants, Jason Shepherd, is also challenging the incumbent, Rose Wing, for the position of Cobb GOP Chair at the County Convention on Saturday, March 11, 2017.

At the District 11 Committee Hearing, Jason Shepherd stated:

The rules require you to attend the mass meeting or have someone from your precinct elect you. If no one from your precinct shows up, you are out of luck for county. If no one from your precinct elects you or writes your name on the list, you are out of luck on being a delegate to county. In Cobb County this time, that did not seem to be the case.

…The laws of the State of Georgia require that the rules be followed, and this is where the rubber meets the road. This is where it matters. Whether it would be one person or one hundred and one people seated.

…the number of voters doesn’t matter. The fact that the rules were violated does. Either words have meaning or they don’t.

MDJ: GOP chair tosses complaint seeking convention redo

Chairman Rose Wing:

We are a party that needs to open that door. I don’t care if you are Established Republican, a Liberty Republican, or whatever type of Republican you are as long as you are Republican. I feel that you should be able to be seated at that convention.

…The decision was there was not sufficient evidence and it was dismissed because there was no one, there was no showing in the complaint. There was no prima facie showing. The complaint is the vehicle that you have to ride in on. It’s not the evidence later. It’s the complaint, it’s the notice. It’s the notice it gives to the Party. The complaint didn’t have anyone named in it.

Video from the District 11 Committee Hearing:

After statements by Shepherd and Wing, and lengthy discussions by the committee, the decision out of the District 11 Committee Hearing was to overturn Chairman Wing and the Cobb Executive Committee by a vote of 19-9.

Moving Forward…

Incumbent Rose Wing and challenger Jason Shepherd are both seeking the position of Cobb GOP Chair on Saturday at the March 11 Cobb County Convention. Some of their positions were stated in an MDJ Feb. 10, 2017 article.

On March 2, 2017, the Cobb County Republican Assembly held a candidate forum for the two candidates. The 2015 Cobb County Convention appeal and other topics were discussed. Watch the forum below.

Who will have your vote?

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