The Kemp Appointee Can’t Serve Two Masters
Conflicting Interests Abound in Georgia
There are more conflicting interests in Georgia Republican politics than onions in Vidalia. Just when you think you have an individual taking office for the right reasons, to serve the interests of constituents or party members, new facts come to light dashing all dreams that those representing the grass-roots will do so with their heads down, focused on the issues that are important to those they serve. That’s where we are in the Georgia Republican Party today.
Last June, I was content to vote for Josh McKoon to become Chairman of the Georgia Republican Party. I figured he would try his best to win an election for the Republican Party in 2024. I expected he had the best interests of Georgia Republicans as a high level concern.
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Now, I’m not so sure.
This hasn’t been an overnight development. It’s really been building since, oh, probably July, one month into McKoon’s term as Republican Chair. That’s when local GOP efforts to enlist McKoon’s help resolving a matter regarding who would rightfully sit on the Forsyth County Board of Elections, demonstrated that McKoon and his emissaries, ostensibly trying to help justice prevail, were not helping that purpose at all, but simply helping to run out the clock, ensuring the establishment individual, unlawfully appointed to that seat, would ultimately be sworn in.
Then came September, and the revelation that Chairman Josh McKoon was not really heading up a political party as its chairman, but instead heading up a corporation as its CEO. That was a shock. I’m still working on all that. As I pursued my deep dive into that revelation, once again, I discovered Josh McKoon was not interested in normal matters a dedicated party chair would find important. Instead, he appeared more interested in protecting the corporation, the Georgia Republican Party Corporation. I have written extensively on that subject, and do not want to get bogged down slaying the same dragon here. If you have not read those articles, please start with the one entitled, “Kemp’s Ultimate Goals Now Coming Into View-Privatization of Georgia’s election processes,” and read forward. The fact that the elected Chairman of the Georgia Republican Party is unmoved that the party for which he was elected, according to all available information, is and has been non-compliant with respect to Georgia law since 2015, should set off alarms. And the fact that neither the Secretary of State nor the Georgia Archives will provide any records of the Georgia Republican Party, dating back to the the dawn of time, is also alarming, and should be to all Republicans, certainly the party’s head man.
Something is up, friends. And it looks very much like grass-roots Republicans have been snookered…again.
Everyone will remember how the “snooker of all snookers,” Governor Brian Kemp, double-crossed President Donald Trump, selecting billionairess and heavy-contributor Kelly Loeffler to succeed the late Johnny Isakson, to work against Trump in the US Senate. And everyone will remember the governor certifying an obviously stolen election in 2020, an election about which he expressed deep concern, right up to the time he signed his name on the order. Did the Kemp double-cross of Trump start with those two events? Likely not. Those episodes appear planned well in advance. The first double cross may have been Senator David Perdue pleading for President Trump to endorse Kemp in the 2018 primary. Trump did, Kemp won the primary and took the governor’s seat. Now that we know of all the Kemp double-crosses against Trump, it appears increasingly obvious that Perdue may have been put up to the task of asking Trump for the Kemp endorsement. Thus, the original double-cross could easily have been by Perdue, which ultimately set up the 2020 election fraud, placing Biden in the White House, tilting the world on its axis. Anyone seen David Perdue lately?
Since 2020, Georgia’s Governor has been acting in a way I call, “squirrelly.” That’s a term meaning, to me, the guy just ain’t quite right. Notwithstanding the double-cross of the man who endorsed him into the governor’s seat, which is squirrelly enough, Brian Kemp declared last February, “We can no longer rely on the traditional party infrastructure to win in the future.” Huh? Then we saw Kemp’s old college buddy, and highly-paid Kemp board appointee, Brent Herrin, drawing up paperwork and establishing Kemp-supporting “Republican Coalition corporations” in counties all around the state. Subsequently, we watched a member of one of those corporations win a board of elections appointment in Cherokee County, apparently overruling the county ordinance, and defeating the lawfully-nominated true Republican Party candidate. Shortly thereafter, in September, shockingly, we discovered the Georgia Republican Party is not a political party at all, but just another one of those corporations, very similar to Kemp and Herrin’s Republican Coalitions. The Georgia Party of Lincoln has turned out to be another splendid example of Kemp’s “non-traditional party infrastructure.” And all the while, nobody seems to notice, nobody seems to care. Secretary of State Raffensperger doesn’t care. Governor Kemp doesn’t care. Attorney General Carr doesn’t care. And frankly, a lot of establishment Republicans don’t care.
Amazingly, the elected Chairman of the seemingly non-existent, former Georgia Republican Party, now CEO of the Georgia Republican Party Corporation, doesn’t care either. Why is that?
The answer to that question may be beginning to come clear.
Because my senses have been telling me that there is more than meets the eye in the relationship between Josh McKoon and Governor Brian Kemp, I decided to look into that relationship to see what might come up. And that is where we start today.
The Kemp-McKoon Connection
Meet Greg Dozier. Although you may not recognize the name, as the article below indicates, Mr. Dozier is an extremely influential individual, in fact, one of the MOST influential individuals in Georgia. Generally, that would mean a person who has certain deep financial connections, and who uses those connections to garner influence. I don’t really know, but that makes sense because, prior to taking Governor Kemp’s tap to become Commissioner of Georgia’s Technical College System, Mr. Dozier, a “trusted ally of Governor Kemp,” was so trusted that he served the governor
as his chief financial officer.
As you will see below, in December of 2019, the Kemp-appointed board of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG), voted unanimously to hire the governor’s ’s trusted ally, long-time adviser and Chief Financial Officer, Greg Dozier, to become its new Commissioner.
The closeness between Dozier and Kemp is unmistakable. Kemp admits it. So let’s be clear, the Dozier appointment was not one made by an “independent” TCSG board. Dozier was selected by Brian Kemp. That’s how this works. The governor selects the board members. The board members receive cushy jobs and serve at the pleasure of the governor. So, if the governor wants Dozier, that’s who the board members select and vote him in unanimously.
Why is the Greg Dozier appointment to head up TCSG important?
The Dozier appointment in which Governor Brian Kemp selected his “trusted ally,” a “long-time advisor,” a man who because of that relationship is recognized one of the “most influential persons in Georgia,” is important because practically the first order of business for Greg “trusted ally” Dozier, was to announce the hiring of Josh McKoon to become general counsel, the very same Josh McKoon who now serves as Chairman of the apparently non-existent Georgia Republican Party, operating that role in dual capacity as CEO of the Georgia Republican Party Corporation.
Like Mr. Dozier, and like every one of the TCSG board members, Josh McKoon could only have been selected with Kemp’s blessing for that position, the now party chair serving, like the others above him, at the pleasure of our “squirrelly” governor. Obviously, to remain in their appointments, it would be incumbent that each member of the governor’s cast, including McKoon, remain in Kemp’s favor. Should any of them step out of line, and perhaps become overly energetic in expressing public pronouncements concerning, oh, maybe the need for better election integrity in Georgia, or in support for, say, President Trump in 2024, as was on display at the recent Middle Georgia Republican Fish Fry, that eventuality would likely not make Georgia’s Governor happy. For that reason, there exists an unavoidable conflict-of-interests between Josh McKoon pleasing Governor Kemp, versus acting in the interests of the Georgia Republican Party (whatever that terms evens means at this point), its members now indicating overwhelming preference to support Donald Trump in next Spring’s Republican Presidential Preference Primary.
The office of general counsel for TCSG is no small-time, or part-time position. That is Josh McKoon’s day job. It pays him a commensurate salary, likely with state benefits. Josh McKoon would miss that income were he to lose his position. Would Greg Dozier, such a long-time, trusted adviser to the Governor, hire a general counsel, in Josh McKoon, who was not also an individual highly-trusted by Governor Kemp as well? I do not expect so.
Houston, Georgia MAGA has a big problem.
As General Counsel for TCSG, we can expect Josh McKoon’s work involves reviewing contracts over which his agency receives and dispenses funds. In so doing, that places McKoon at the very heart of the process by which those funds are secured and spent. What if the Georgia Republican conservatives McKoon represents in his role as Republican Chair disagree with, say, the Biden Administration packaging grant money for McKoon’s employer, TCSG, under the programming of “Build Back Better?” According to Matthew, “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other.” Matthew 6–24. We should now understand why that is.
“Build Back Better,” sounds nice. But what does it really mean? Well, to the World Economic Forum it means, “reinventing capitalism.” Why would conservative Georgians want to “reinvent capitalism?” Is it broken?
“Build Back Better” means Klaus Schwab’s “The Great Reset.” To Fox News, “Build Back Better” means, “A grave threat to liberty and free markets in the United States.”
How is it appropriate for Georgia’s Republican Party Chairman be working to secure funds promoting socialist intentions of Klaus Schwab and Joe Biden? How can Georgia’s Republican Party Chairman even be associated with programs such as this? Again, according to Matthew, a man in Josh McKoon’s position, “will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other.” Which of those options do Georgia’s conservative Republicans expect their party chairman to favor? The conflicts-of-interests an individual such as Josh McKoon faces daily would render any individual helpless to serve all interests to which he or she has committed.
How does Josh McKoon feel about his boss participating in last Winter’s World Economic Forum? Was that okay? It’s not okay with most Georgia conservative Republicans, demonstrating another conflict-of-interests. But a Republican chairperson who works for Kemp, and who is beholden to Kemp, is hardly in position to comment negatively.
It is a shame the Georgia Republican Chair is in no position to offer an opinion whether it’s OK to hack humans…
…or whether “Total biometric surveillance” artificial intelligence is a good thing, which is what Georgia’s HB520, sitting in senate committee awaiting the 2024 General Assembly is all about. You will likely not hear a negative word about either from Republican Chairman Josh McKoon.
What did Republican Chair Josh McKoon say about his boss signing a September 1 executive order establishing the governmental infrastructure to provide an inter-agency database to house all that biometric surveillance data the World Economic Forum is pushing? Not a peep.
What does Georgia’s Republican Chairman have to say about President Biden using Georgian’s tax dollars to fund infrastructure in developing countries? Nothing. Josh McKoon cannot speak against the very programs he helps to administer in his job working under Georgia’s Governor Brian Kemp.
To be fair, Josh McKoon did say the following about the 19 defendants in Fulton County being prosecuted by Fani Willis for various reasons sane people find difficult to understand, “We have a right of free speech and free association in this country. And the idea we’re going to criminalize, it is incredibly disturbing.”
Whoa! That’s a pretty bold statement for the party chair, corporation CEO and General Counsel, Josh McKoon, which is about as bold as it gets for the Kemp appointee.
So, whether conservative, MAGA Republicans knew this before, or not, their party chairman is a conflicted individual. He works for Governor Kemp, whose anger toward anything MAGA or to do with anyone promoting election integrity, is tempestuous. To keep his job, Josh McKoon cannot go there, even though a vast majority of the Georgia Republican Party members identify with MAGA, and demand new policies to ensure election integrity. How can Josh McKoon balance both sides of that political tug of war and win for both? He can’t. Someone is going to lose. That someone appears to be MAGA. McKoon likely will not risk losing his livelihood, stepping out boldly for conservative, MAGA issues.
Where does that leave MAGA Republicans? Well, I’ve called for it twice now, McKoon’s resignation. This makes the third. MAGA Republicans ought to consider the facts and the factors influencing Josh McKoon’s actions against serving their interests, and seriously consider doing the same.