And then, it was onto Sumter for the Monthly GOP Meeting. If there has been any good outcomes of Barack Obama and the Democrats' new and expensive programs, it's that it has definitely lit a fire under the butts of Republicans here. A couple years ago, you' be lucky to have 20 people at a meeting here. Well, on a Thursday night in mid-Summer, Sumter got 45 people to show.....
As usual, I played Rochester to Tommy Grimes' Jack Benny, but I did get to tell everyone that the 6th District Facebook page is up at last. Tonight though, the meeting belonged to Superintendent of Education candidate Brent Nelsen. He may have changed his mind, but it appears that Nelsen is more in his wheelhouse as a Sup. Ed. candidate than he was as a candidate for Governor - and the reaction was very positive.
Some candidates are great 5 minute candidates, but terrible 30 minute speakers. That is, as you dig into issues more deeply, they show thier lack of knowledge or interest, any they start to repeat the same lines over and over. Nelsen actually seemed to benefit from it. He got to show that he has taken time in getting to know each individual district(he referred to Johnsonville as Florence 5 - WOW !) . His outline fits in nicely with the party platform of trying to give students and families more options, without increasing expenditures significantly. Usually, I don't make suggestions, but I asked him instead of doing teacher evaluations from the top down, that they let the student evaluate them. The best motivator for a student is a great teacher, so why not find out who makes the students happy?
For a party that had no candidates just a week or so ago, it's safe to say that we have a pair of really good options, and if given the support they need, we will have a Republican as Superintendent of Education.... Here's a couple pics:
What do you do when you can't keep your eyes open for pictures? You wear sunglasses.. Braden Bunch does his best Corey Hart imitation...
And we have a Four Horsemen of the Political Apocalypse Quorum! Moye Graham in the House, Y'all.... Earl, where were ya?