I write this not because I wish to cause more controversy, but because I think the citizens of Columbia County and specifically the members of the Columbia County Republican Party deserve to understand what is happening in their party.
The CCGOP and I no longer share the same agenda. The goal and purpose of our local party is to support local, state and national candidates, provide information to the public and provide a network for candidates to communicate with the citizens of our area. When a local party becomes so power-hungry and infused with pettiness that it ceases to be effective, the mission and purpose of the party is lost.
In the past few months it has become obvious that the CCGOP is not a functional organization. Many statewide candidates and elected officials have refused to attend party functions due to the internal strife and within the last month, several members of the executive board have resigned. The captain and crew may choose to remain with a sinking ship, but we all know what happens in the end: The ship still sinks, captain or no captain, crew or no crew.
Party leaders whose main concern is to maintain their power and leadership rather than just getting the job done are a hindrance to their party. Aged members who refuse to let go of the reins and who obstruct the goals of the party are compromising the success of the party.
Our citizens deserve a party that is free of internal gossip-mongers and troublemakers. Our party has to be fully functional in the coming months to fully support the candidates on all levels and to provide timely information to the public. The CCGOP refuses to follow rules, bylaws and guidelines set forth by the state party.
We don't have time for destructive thinking and theatrics.
This is a crucial time in history. We as a country on are a precipice. Whether or not we plunge into the depths of radical government control and spending depends on electing effective leadership locally, statewide and nationally. That is precisely the reason that I will be resigning as the fundraising chair for the Columbia County Republican Party.
I urge those that want to work to spread the conservative message in Columbia County and throughout our state to join the Young Republicans. During this upheaval in the Columbia County Republican Party, the Young Republicans have participated in volunteer deployments, brought candidates to the area and organized the second largest successful Tea Party in Georgia. The Columbia County Republican Party has accomplished nothing.
Sarah Harper Scott
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