The founder of the Georgia Minutemen is Ray McBerry — a Christian, father, television and radio host, current owner and general manager of KBN TV in the Atlanta market, Baptist pastor, and a former Republican candidate for governor of Georgia.
Ray has been one of the leading spokesmen nationally on the subject of the Tenth Amendment, States’ Rights, Southern Heritage, and Constitutional issues. He has appeared on FOX News, CNN, HLN, MSNBC, and hundreds of other local and national networks.
In 2010, he hosted the first-ever national Tenth Amendment Summit held in Atlanta and was one of three keynote speakers along with Judge Andrew Napolitano of FOX News and Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore. As a States’ Rights Republican, he garnered nearly 50,000 votes in the Republican gubernatorial primary in 2006 after being recruited by pro-life, pro-Second Amendment, and Southern heritage organisations. In the 2010 governor’s race, it was reported that he won all four major televised debates, winning the straw polls at both debates where they were conducted. He was the first States’ Rights candidate to run for governor of Georgia in more than 50 years. Following the race, he became the first “public figure” in more than 100 years of Georgia history to win a libel suit when he sued several individuals who attacked his character during the governor’s race with lies suggesting extramarital immorality for the purpose of derailing the growing number of conservatives supporting his campaign. Defendants in the case requested a settlement just prior to the case going to trial; and the court’s final decree ordered the defense to sign a confession and apology in addition to paying a monetary award and turning over ownership of their website originally used to promulgate the libel.
Mr. McBerry continues to speak to groups frequently on subjects related to the Tenth Amendment and States’ Rights and is an active defender of conservative causes.