Tea Party Talk: What We Can Do to Restore The Georgia GOP Back To Its Conservative Values


Tea Party Talk:  What We Can Do to Restore The Georgia GOP Back To Its Conservative Values

5/15/2018 ~ by Penny Barker

One of several conservative grassroots organizations, the National Republican Assemblies has state chapters in the USA; and Georgia is represented among them by the Georgia Republican Assembly. The aim of the GRA is to Reclaim the Republican Party for Conservatives, Reform the Party back to its Conservative Values, and Restore Republican's faith in the GOP.

To learn more about the Republican Assemblies, please attend the May 22nd meeting of the Pickens County GA Tea Party, being held at the Chattahoochee Technical College in Jasper. The meeting will convene at 6:30 PM for a time to Meet and Greet; with the program beginning at 7:00 PM. Our speakers are Ron Hooper, Membership Chairman of the GRA, and Mike Scupin, Second Vice-President of the GRA, and their program topic will center around “What We Can Do to Restore The Georgia GOP Back To Its Conservative Values.”

Mike Scupin has an A.E. degree in Architecture from Southern Technical Institute, a BBA degree in Economics from North Georgia College, a MS degree in Management of Technology from Southern Polytechnic and State University. He has been an adjunct professor at North Georgia College teaching various management courses. Mike has various business experiences. He has worked in planning and engineering, owned and operated a gift shop, as a Registered Land Surveyor owned and operated a land surveying business, and has been involved in the building and development business.

For years Mike had realized there was something terribly wrong in our political system but like many was unsure how he could help change things. When the tea party movement began Mike was looking for a tea party group close to his home to join but could not find one. He started Lanier Tea Party Patriots and during its early inception he was unable to find people willing to step out and get involved so he operated as a one-man tea party for over a year. During this time he assisted others in pushing the Georgia Legislature to adopt a Healthcare Compact Agreement and Georgia become the first state in the union to actually have an agreement approved and signed by the Governor. Since its early inception the Lanier Tea Party has grown significantly to become a very active group that continues today to put pressure on elected officials to stand by their oaths and support and defend the Constitutions of the USA and Georgia.

Mike became a member of the Republican Party shortly after forming the Lanier Tea Party and continues to be a member. Mike was a candidate for Congress in 2016; and is involved with a large number of other groups in Georgia that are working for better government. He is a co-host on Thursday mornings on WDUN radio in Gainesville where he tries to bring attention to things the people need to know to bring appropriate change to politics in both Georgia and the nation.

Ron Hooper is the Chairman of the GRA Membership Committee, which assists with educating people about the GRA, and showing them how and why to be involved. Ron received his education at South Hall High School, Lanier Technical School & Gainesville College. He is experienced in Team Building, Industrial Electrical applications, Electronics, and CAD design, receiving Industrial computer programming training from Siemens, Texas Instrument, Allen Bradley, Intergraph, and Microsoft.

Ron worked as an electrician for multiple companies, managed multimillion-dollar projects for Milliken and the Wrigley Company, designed and managed installation of various electrical control systems, worked with several companies in the US and Europe to develop and purchase manufacturing equipment. He retired from Wrigley with 27 years’ service in 2007 and currently restores classic cars.

Ron is a Constitutional Conservative, a member of the Banks and Hall County Republican Party, the Georgia Republican Assembly, the John Birch Society and Lanier Tea Party. He served in the Army National Guard, training in infantry and radio communications. Ron has been an Amateur Radio operator for 49 years. His hobbies include genealogy, classic cars, coin collecting, firearms, and fishing.

Please join us for an evening of informative conversation about a topic of political concern to all Georgians. For further information, contact penny.barker22@gmail.com. We look forward to seeing you at our May monthly meeting.