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Capitol Press Conference


William Lathem - Spokesman
Southern Heritage Political Committee

On March 2, there was a Presidential Primary in Georgia. Despite massive mailings and telephone banks paid for by the Chamber, it was the second lowest turnout in 20 years. Less than 7% of the people in Georgia voted, less than 20% of the registered voters voted. The only winner in the flag referendum portion was the Chamber and their political cronies.

The majority of Georgians found nothing in this referendum of interest.

On the morning of March 3, the Southern Heritage PAC held a Press Conference on the steps of the Capitol, which included the spokesmen of Southern Heritage organization from across Georgia. Now that the Chamber has had their vote, it is time to let the majority of Georgians have theirs.

SHPAC spokesman William Lathem began the program with introductory remarks and closed the program with a summary which is presented at the end, after the other speakers' remarks. It should be noted that the enthusiastic crowd interrupted the speakers with frequent applause and cheering

Opening statement by William Lathem:

I want to thank everyone for taking time to attend our news conference today. I am William Lathem, spokesman for the Southern Heritage Political Action Committee.

This is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.

As it was when Winston Churchill spoke those words following the Battle of Britain, so it is today in Georgia.

The results of yesterday’s so-called referendum clearly shows the foolishness of compromise when that compromise is based on political correctness and not on fairness.

Less than 20% of Georgia’s active registered Voters voted in yesterday’s so-called referendum. 14% of the registered votes were for the Perdue flag while 5 % voted for the Barnes flag in the second lowest Presidential Primary turnout in 20 years. The turnout was well below the Secretary of State's projections of 26% active registered voters or 1,025,938.

To put it in hard numbers, approximately 585,000 individuals of a total State population of 8,560,000 have approved a State Flag for Georgia.

What a stunning repudiation of the politicians and chamber of commerce pundits. We all know that if the popular flag of the people, the 1956 State Flag, had been included in a fair vote on our State Flag, there would have been enormous public interest.

When 80% of Georgia’s active registered voters - express their displeasure over the politicians’ rigged referendum by refusing to participate, it is clear the Flag fight will not be over until the people get a fair vote which includes the 1956 State Flag as a choice.

At this time I will introduce representatives from some of the groups working with us to obtain a fair vote on the Flag.

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