The following is a proposed resolution sent out for the GAGOP Convention. It seeks the resignation of Speaker David Ralston and to term-limit future Speakers.
WHEREAS, it has been brought to the collective attention of the Georgia Republican Party that Georgia House Speaker David Ralston is perversely abusing the power of his office, which is conferred upon him by the elected members of the State House, to needlessly delay the trials of his private clients for financial gain; and
WHEREAS, Speaker Ralston, in both his capacities as a private defense attorney and the Speaker of the House, has allowed these near indefinite trial delays for individuals indicted for child rape, child molestation, DUI, domestic violence and other serious crimes against the public; and
WHEREAS, such delays carried out by Speaker Ralston are unethical exploitations and perversions of a century old law, O.C.G.A 17-8-26, that was intended to allow temporary continuances for lawyer-legislative members of the General Assembly to conduct public business on behalf of the citizens of Georgia during the 40 day legislative session; and
WHEREAS, by commanding obscene retainer fees to dispense such perverse exploitation within our judicial system, Ralston’s abuse of power permits criminals to escape justice, whereby such immorality is repugnant to U.S. Constitution’s Sixth Amendment (right to a speedy trial) and to Georgia’s Speedy Trial Code (O.C.G.A. 17-7-170).
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THIS CONVENTION that the delegates of this convention and its executive committee urgently demand the resignation of the Georgia Speaker of the House of Representatives, David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge), as a result of his egregious abuse of power and moral turpitude.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT THIS CONVENTION urge all Republican members of the State House vote to remove David Ralston as Speaker, should he be defiant in resigning his leadership post and, in addition, to change O.C.G.A. 17-8-26 to prevent any future Speaker of the State House from abusing such power by delaying justice for victims.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT THIS CONVENTION recognizes that these egregious acts exhibited by Speaker David Ralston are injurious to the political prospects of Georgia Republicans succeeding in the 2020 elections, including the U.S. Presidency down to locally elected offices throughout the State.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT THIS CONVENTION calls on the House of Representatives to set a two-term limit on the future Speakers of the House.