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Georgia's College Republicans revolt over Donald Trump

A millennial revolt is brewing within the Georgia GOP.

The Georgia Association of College Republicans has officially put air – a la U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan – between itself and Donald Trump, their party’s nominee for president.


It is a significant move that’s not likely to go unanswered by the larger state party apparatus. Click here to see the entire letter, which was posted on the group’s Facebook page.

The relevant portion:

Donald Trump, throughout his presidential campaign and beforehand, has made several comments and statements that have offended women, veterans, Gold Star families, the disabled, political refugees, and religious and ethnic minorities. His previously absent public life revealed many flaws under intense scrutiny, and his personal character has been questioned by party members and millennials in the Republican Party. However, his powerful personality and business background far surpasses those of the Democratic candidate. In short, Trump’s candidacy is divisive, especially to millennial voters.


As such, we will not bind our chapters to promote Donald Trump’s candidacy for President. We will instead devote the entirety of our efforts to campaign for Republican candidates down the ballot. We cannot let control of the U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, and Georgia General Assembly to succumb to the Democratic Party, and the GACR will ceaselessly strive to ensure that does not happen. Each chapter is granted the agency to allocate campaign resources as they please. We do not encourage, however, our chapters to endorse another candidate. Any time or effort spent on advocating another party’s candidate hurts Republican candidates down the ballot.

Republicans at the University of West Georgia have already issued a reply that includes this:

[T]he College Republicans of the University of West Georgia will continue to promote the Republican nominee, and his nominee for the position of Vice President. Our belief is, to no longer show support to the Republican presidential nominee, is to vote for the Democratic “presidential” nominee. We will devote our efforts to maintaining a Republican victory to win the White House, and will dedicate the remaining days before the election to the campaign.


We do encourage other chapters across the state to continue their support of the Republican candidate, and to maintain unity against the rising tide of the Establishment, and their down-ballot tactics. We also implore that College Republicans on a domestic level, regardless of state dividing lines, to also maintain support for the Republican presidential nominee, and to stand against those who would cast-off their lines of support to the victory we are nearing in Washington.


The “Bradley effect” apparently now applies to voters too embarrassed to tell pollsters that they support the GOP nominee. From the Washington Post:

Donald Trump said Monday that the polls are not accurate because some of his supporters do not want to admit to pollsters that they are supporting him.


"There’s an undercurrent that they can’t poll." Trump said at a Monday night rally here, pointing to his success in the primaries as evidence that not all polls are correct, even though he dominated most polls heading into the GOP primaries. "I mean, this is, I guess, like people don’t want to say that they’re voting for Trump, which is okay. We’ll take it anyway we get it. Do you agree? We will take it anyway we get. But there’s a big, big undercurrent out there."


Herman Cain, the WSB Radio host and 2012 presidential candidate, says he feels Donald Trump’s pain when it comes to accusations of sexual aggression. From Cain’s website:

So when you look at the timing, the unfalsifiable nature of the accusations, the strange silence of the accusers for years, and the egregiously ignored support of women who really know the people in question – you can’t help but recognize that the same phenomenon is repeating itself again.


I wasn’t there when these incidents allegedly happened with Donald Trump, so I can’t say definitively what’s true and what’s not true. But I know for a fact that none of the accusations against me were true, and I was very much there to see the smear campaign against me unfold in exactly the same way it’s unfolding against him.


Georgia GOP bigwig Randy Evans has joined Donald Trump in raising concerns about a "rigged" election.

The chair of the Republican National Lawyers Association told BuzzFeed News that "history has proven that some elections have involved serious questions and it remains a possibility in 2016." Here's more:

“Only the rule of law performed by election workers enforced by lawyers informed by citizens decided by courts is the only sure way of making sure elections are open, fair, and honest. Time will tell whether that happens in 2016.”


Asked directly about Trump’s comments, Evans said it was “premature to say now” whether the candidate’s words are appropriate or correct.


If U.S. Rep. Tom Price runs for higher office in 2018, it seems like he'll have a powerful ally in his camp. Republican mega-donor Bernie Marcus' "Bring Small Businesses Back Tour" features a stop in Roswell on Wednesday with Price.


Sam Whitehead of GPB Radio has a piece on Gwinnett County that’s worth a listen. From the website:

The county has undergone a radical demographic transition in recent decades, but the Gwinnett Board of Commissioners has never had a non-white member.


That could change this year.


For the first time in history, white voters no longer make up the majority of Gwinnett’s registered voters, and that could tip the scales for one African-American county commission candidate: Democrat Jim Shealey.


Possibly, you’ve already seen this report from the Associated Press:

Republicans are seizing the latest developments in the Hillary Clinton email controversy as an issue that could help Donald Trump make up ground in the final presidential debate — if he can hammer home the message.


It follows news that the State Department had asked FBI officials to lower the classification of a sensitive email related to the attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya. FBI notes released Monday revealed discussion of a "quid pro quo" in trying to get the email reclassified, though both State and FBI officials deny any bargaining took place.

Not by concidence, we received a press release this morning from U.S. Sen. David Perdue that included this:

“The careless and calculated behavior we have seen from then-Secretary Hillary Clinton and her allies at the State Department is appalling. Using political power to bribe and pressure law enforcement officers during an investigation is simply wrong.


“In light of these new details from the Clinton investigation, the Obama Administration has two choices: investigate Under Secretary Kennedy and everyone involved in this scandal or be complicit in a cover-up. Erroneously putting top secret information at risk is inexcusable.”

The most interesting thing about the press release was its header: “Chairman David Perdue Statement On State Department’s Cover-Up Attempt”

Perdue chairs the State Department and USAID Management subcommittee of the Senate Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Invoking his title kinda sorta implies that some hearings may be in the offing.


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Greg Bluestein is a political reporter who covers the governor's office and state politics for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.