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Zereini Campaign Calls on Forsyth County GOP To Examine Solicitor's Ties to Cynthia McKinney

Susan Zereini is challenging incumbent Solicitor-General Donna Gopaul for the post.

Susan Zereini. Courtesy of Bill Johnson
Susan Zereini. Courtesy of Bill Johnson
Editor's Note: The following is a press release issued by the Susan Zereini for Solicitor-General campaign.

The Susan Zereini for Solicitor-General campaign has called on the Forsyth County Republican Party to question incumbent Solicitor-General Donna Gopaul's credentials as a Republican.

"The incumbent has been a Democrat most of her life and is the former legislative aide to Cynthia McKinney, one of the most radical, left-wing Congresswomen ever elected in the United States," Zereini said in a press release. "Now that she's running in a partisan election, suddenly she joins the Republican Party. I've been a Republican my whole life and I have the voting record to prove it."

McKinney's views were so extreme she was shunned by the Democratic Party and ran for President in 2008 as the Green Party candidate with the endorsement of the Worker's World Party, a Marxist-Leninist organization founded in the U.S. in 1959, the release says. 

Zereini wants local GOP President Bradley Wilkins to examine Gopaul's ties to McKinney and her voting record to determine if her claim to be a Republican is credible.

"She needs to explain this metamorphisis from supporting such a radical left-wing agenda to becoming a Republican," Zereini added. "If the explanation isn't plausible then I would like the Republican Party to support my campaign as the only true Republican in the race for Solicitor-General."

Gopaul was not elected by Forsyth County voters, but appointed last March by Gov. Nathan Deal when former Solicitor-General Leslie Abernathy-Maddox accepted an appointment as judge in the State Court of Forsyth County.

Many members of the Republican Party attended a recent fundraiser for Gopaul at Tam's Backstage restaurant in Cumming, including some members of the Forsyth County legislative delegation.

"Because she was appointed by the governor, I doubt that local Republicans vetted her," Zereini said. "Once her work history and Democratic ties become public, it will be interesting to see who the real Republicans in Forsyth County are."

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John Owens December 12, 2013 at 11:14 AM
I'm pleased to learn, that this might be looked in to, as I'm tired of RINO's getting in office.
Jim Dixon December 12, 2013 at 02:42 PM
Another disturbing fact is that our so called Republican state delegation has endorsed a Gopaul as hosts for a fundraiser thrown by Mary Helen McGruder recently at Tam's Backstage. The second most conservative county in America and Murphy, Gooch, Hamilton, Tanner and Duncan are all supporters of this Cynthia McKinney Democrat. HOW EMBARRASSING!!!
Dave Crouch December 12, 2013 at 06:14 PM
Jim, appreciate your comments, and I agree, but allow me to bring you up to speed on this situation. I have known of this situation for a couple of weeks now, but we just wanted to be sure that all the infomation that we obtained was and is correct and factual, to the very dotted "i" to every crossed "T". I have a dear friend that made a statement that they were "dupped" by Ms GoPaul. I was thinking the same thing as to how our County Leaders, such as Senator Jack Murphy, and Representative Mark Hamilton, Michael Dudgeon, Sheriff Piper, and a three Commissioners, who I know for a fact was at GoPaul's fundraiser at Tam's, could possibly support a person who has been a die hard Democrat and I feel most likely, a very, very liberal individual, who has been a registered Democrat for years until this past July, I do believe, and then registered as a Republican so that she could be appointed to the position of Solicitor General here in Forsyth County, by our Governor. I so appreciate, and would this day do anything for Senator Murphy, Rep. Hamilton, Sheriff Piper, Rep. Michael Dudgeon, and Governor Deal. They are all fine people and I want to believe that they truely have our County's interest above any personal goal. I want to believe that they all understand that they work for the people, and that they will not forget that. And I as well, hope that they are surrounded by people that will keep them accountable, and not be afraid to speak truth to them, no mattter who they are or their Title or position. We all need to be held Accountable. It's a good thing. So I want to believe that we were all dupped by Ms GoPaul. Someone who worked for and with Cynthia McKinney, who knows of her HATRED for our GREAT U.S.A. and her contempt for our Constitution cannot changed her colors. There is only "one" individual who can change her heart and her ideaology. And I have not seen any evidence of that . We need to give our Leaders the benefit of the doubt until proven that they knew better. And if that is the case, I hope that they all get primaried so I can vote against them. We simply must get back to the times where Character, Integrity, and love of Country, is, and must always be put above our own desires. It is time that this County make it a point to get to know SUSAN ZEREINI, see that she is immently more qualified than Ms GoPaul, and is and has been a life long Conservative, and will make a TREMENDOUS Solicitor General, for Forsyth County.
Deborah January 09, 2014 at 09:11 PM
No she won't she has no track record. She keeps talking about her "experience" yes--- in NEW YORK. SO WHAT??? What does that have to do with Forsyth? Donna Gopaul is THE TREMENDOUS Solicitor General who already has the support of Forsyth County. Zereini has to go outside of Forsyth to raise funds? Why? Because she cannot raise local donations? Why? Because Donna is doing a TREMENDOUS job already. Defeating an incumbent is a difficult thing to do for the best of candidates, which I am NOT calling Zereini, in any sense of the word. Especially an incumbent like Donna Gopaul, who has cut wasteful spending by $200,000 --what has Zereini done? Oh yeah NOTHING. Donna Gopaul already has an impressive record and is exactly what Forsyth needs. If anyone would take the time and DO some research, they would see that Donna was only an INTERN for McKinney and not for very long at that. Enough of Zereini, I am already tired of her. For God's sake, she had a campaign float in the Christmas Parade? How ridiculous was that? You did not see Donna pressing flesh and begging votes in a Christmas parade and that's the way it should have been. My money and my support is with Gopaul all the way. She is the BEST candidate hands down.
Bill January 11, 2014 at 10:26 AM
Take a pill, Deborah. You're getting way too excited. If, as you say, Gopaul "has the support of Forsyth County" can you explain why Senators Murphy and Gooch and Representatives Dudgeon, Duncan and Tanner, who once supported her, have ordered her to remove their names from her website and campaign literature? Can you explain why her campaign manager resigned? Can you explain why some members of the Republican Party have talked openly about returning her membership fee and kicking her out of the party?

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