Saturday, March 22, 2008

A Funny Thing Happened In Orangeburg Today.....


"I Do Not Seek, and If Nominated, I Will Not Accept" - Numerous People.

" I'm Just Here to Vote, and Help My Buddies" - Mike at 1000 AM


" What the Heck... I'll Do It" - Mike at 1200 PM.




Sometimes, things that you don't anticipate happen, and what starts out as an ordinary day turns into a big surprise. No, I didn't find a girlfriend out of the blue. But, I was named Vice-Chair of the Sixth Congressional District of SC for the GOP. Talk about a good fit...



I had never attended the district convention before, so I was very excited to see how it went, and who would be there. It was unbelieveable. It was like going to your high school reunion. I easily knew more than half of the people there from running for Congress from 2004-2006. And it paid off handsomely when it came to working for those I felt deserved positions within the party. Moye Graham was named as a delegate to the National Convention . Moye deserved it, and Earl Capps did his usual great job of promoting Moye. Moye isn't completely out of the woods to make the trip to Minneapolis this summer. He is tied for second delegate, but South Carolina may be penalized for moving their primary up a couple weeks this year. Hopefully, the spots will stay, and Moye will get to vote John McCain in.




Tommy Grimes put his consensus building skills and work ethic to oust Celestine Parker as Chair. I'm sorry for Celestine, but I'm sure she can give us some good advice to advance the GOP's agenda in proving that the 6th District can be turned around. Speaking of which, we have a new candidate running for Congress. Nancy Harrelson from Marion (it seems everyone in Marion is named Harrelson !) , has put in her money, and she will be on the ballot in June. The big question is will Gary McLeod be there? He hasn't looked well recently, and word is that he will no longer be running. Gary is famous for putting his name in the ring at the very last minute, so I would count him in until they close the entry box.


Lastly, the big surprise. While the races for Chair and the delegates were goin gon, I noticed that no one seemed to be running for Vice-Chair. Tommy confirmed it, but he did say that moye was considering going for it, so the two of us had a Pow-Wow. After a few coin tosses, Paper/Rock/Scissors games, and One Potato Two Potato, Moye said that I was the best choice for the job. Moye has a post in the district as well - he will be Secretary-Treasurer. Expect a lot of noise from this gang - we are three hardworking and motivated people !




Here's some pics from Orangeburg.....




900 AM, and everyone is leaving material for the delegates.









The dreaded flat seats in the cafeteria.. My ass still hurts!






Earl, sharpening his power ax, with Hugh Weathers and Andre Bauer.......






Tommy and Moye - ready for Victory !!!!








Florence GOP Legend Charlie Appleby and Shelby Phillips.




Don't mess with the Wyboo Crew from Clarendon !!
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8 comments:

Earl Capps said...

Yeah Mike, what was that you were saying about not running for anything when you arrived?

So much for that load of ... well, anyway, congratulations!

Moye Graham said...

It was a good day Mike for all of us in the 6th District. You certainly deserve what you got. Now get to work.

Mike Reino said...

Well, with you guys and Tommy totally kicking ass, I guess I got caught up in it all...

June Brailsford said...

Quite frankly, I think we did a good days work and I'm pleased with the outcome. Now it's time to roll up our sleeves and get to work on all those promises!!!

Mike Reino said...

You got that right, June !! Tell Buck I said thanks to both of you.

ColumbiaGuy said...

Congrats Mike. Way ta' get drafted!

Mike Reino said...

Unfortunately, it was my idea, so i guess it's self-inflicted. Like the cartoon goes, "If Woody had stayed home, this never would have happened.."

Moye Graham said...

So Mike have you or Tommy talked to the Lt. Gov. to see if he is going to accept the Delegate spot he asked not to be considered for before the election Saturday. Does he plan on running at the State Convention as he said Saturday. This would move Kevin Hall up under me to Delegate and would move someone else up as an Alternate under Hugh Weathers. What gives Vice Chair.