The Constitution Party of Georgia
P.O. Box 2153
Woodstock, Georgia 30188
A Brief History of the Party
In 1992, a coalition of independent state political parties united to form the U.S. Taxpayers Party (USTP) with the common goal of limiting the Federal Government to its Constitutional boundaries and restoring the foundations of civil government back to the fundamental principles upon which our country was founded. At that first convention, the Party's founding father Howard Phillips was the our presidential candidate, and Brigadier General Albion Knight, Jr. (ret.) was the vice-presidential candidate. These candidates were on the ballot in 21 states.
In 1995, the USTP became the fifth political party to be formally recognized by the Federal Election Commission as a national political party.
In 1996, the Party achieved ballot access in 39 states, with Howard Phillips as its presidential nominee and Constitutional scholar Herb Titus as its vice-presidential nominee. The Georgia party affiliate was organized that year by our founding State Chairman Dr. Joseph Morecraft.
During the 2000 presidential election cycle the Party's National Committee voted to change the Party's name to the Constitution Party. During the Georgia state Party's convention the delegates elected to change the Party's name to the Constitution Party of Georgia (CP-Ga) to reflect the national party's name change.
In 2001, the CP-Ga fielded its first non-presidential candidate. Bryan Korff represented the party in a special election to fill the remaining term in State House District 17 after Steve Stancil stepped down to run for Lieutenant Governor. In a three-way race Korff received 30% of the vote and missed the run-off by seven votes. Given that Georgia's ballot access requirements are the most prohibitive in the nation, this confirmed our strategy of engaging in political action, building local party presence, and taking advantage of strategic election opportunities to grow the party from the grassroots up!