The Georgia Young Republicans issued the following statement into the naming history of Chairman Robert Lee:
We would like to begin by thanking everyone who has expressed concern to GYR that our Chairman is named Robert Lee. During a political environment where hyper-partisanship makes it difficult to discuss important issues about current events and our history as a country, we know that resolving this issue within our organization was paramount in making a statement about what our organization really stands for.
Our investigation has revealed that his name “Robert Lee” is actually a shortened version of his full name, Robert Wade Lee II, having been named after his father and not a confederate general. Also, our investigation revealed that he was born in Cheyenne, WY and celebrates such local heroes as Chris Ledoux and mourns the loss of such historic American figures as Lane Frost.
Our investigation did turn up a number of things we found offensive and worthy of criticism. He apparently is not a fan of any Atlanta based team except the Atlanta United which he says is his favorite Georgia football team; we know in reality football involves quarterbacks handing the ball to running backs to carry and throwing to receivers to catch. He’s also called a number of board meetings at evening hours held over conference call. Of course, he’s also refused to get a haircut and we find his curly hair unruly.
At this time, we have not found enough offense in his name to warrant his removal according to our internal procedures. His other offenses may prove his undoing.