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Republican Assembly focuses on religious liberty, candidates

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Hunter Hill

“This must be the sick and tired of being sick and tired crowd.”

The remark by state Rep. Brad Raffensperger, candidate for secretary of state, from the platform struck a chord with attendees at the Georgia Republican Assembly on Saturday. There was a smattering of applause across the crowd of about 250 at Orchard Hills Church.

The GRA is not officially affiliated with the state Republican Party, but local Republican leaders were there, and there was no shortage of Republican candidates asking for votes.

There was a chord of dissatisfaction with the status quo that ran through the meeting. Audible murmuring could be heard during mention of vetoes of Republican-passed bills by Gov. Nathan Deal, himself a Republican. Numerous speakers talked about passing a religious liberty bill, offering school choice and protecting gun rights.

The banner in the center of the flag-decked stage read “GRA – Georgia Republican Assembly – The Republican Wing of the Republican Party.”

The religious liberty bill came up several times, from candidates and during a panel discussion featuring State Sen. Marty Harbin and activists Dave Baker, Tanya Ditty and Jane Robbins.

Brant Frost V, chairman of the Coweta County Republican Party, is first vice president for the Georgia Republican Assembly and took a lead role in the meeting at Orchard Hills. State Rep. David Stover and Mike Crane, a former Coweta state senator, were present for the assembly gathering.

State Sen. Hunter Hill, a candidate for governor, had a strong following at the assembly. Dozens of Hill signs lined the roadway and driveway leading to the church. When he stepped to the podium, signs in support were waved by members of the audience.

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