When the Republican Party of Georgia took the oath of office on Monday, it had a big problem: Its new leader was a pizza shop owner.
In the new year, the Republican party of Georgia will hold a town hall meeting in Augusta, Ga., where some members of the party will be asked about what the party’s new leadership hopes to accomplish.
The meeting will take place on Jan. 13 at the Georgia State Capitol.
A few hours before the town hall, the Georgia Republican Party was in the midst of a huge PR headache.
The Georgia Republican party had to pull the new Republican governor, Nathan Deal, from his Jan. 6 appearance at a rally.
Deal, who was also the GOP candidate for president in 2016, was scheduled to address a crowd of about 100 people in Atlanta on Tuesday.
His event was cancelled, and Deal himself was forced to cancel the rally after the Georgia GOP pulled him from the event.
The decision to pull Deal from the rally had some Republicans worried.
The rally, held at the Atlanta Convention Center, drew about 400 people, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
But Deal’s presence drew a crowd that exceeded those numbers.
Deal was at the rally to support Georgia Gov.
Sonny Perdue’s efforts to reform the state’s health care system.
But his speech at the convention center drew more than 200 people, and some in the crowd chanted at Deal and his supporters that they were going to boycott his upcoming reelection.
Some Georgia Republicans saw Deal’s appearance as a problem because he is a longtime Republican Party leader.
The party leader is the top adviser to Deal and Perdue, and they are expected to be at the next Georgia GOP meeting in January.
Deal has repeatedly praised the governor’s efforts.
But he has also been criticized for his handling of the recent sexual assault scandal involving a former state senator and his wife, which has rocked Georgia politics.
The Georgia Republican governor’s office said that the decision to withdraw Deal from his upcoming rally was made after his appearance in the Capitol was disrupted by an activist group.
Georgia Republican political consultant Mark Henson said in a statement that he was not aware of any other instances of political party leaders being prevented from speaking in the state capitol building.
Deal is scheduled to speak at the Jan. 10 event.