Is Our Fellow Horseman Riding Off Into the Sunset???
For the last few days, we've been getting questions from all over the place as to the plans for our friend Tommy Grimes after his close loss in Saturday's convention race.. After 14 years in the game, some feel he may be done in an official capacity, while others want him to stick it out... What really matters is what he wants to do. Now that the dust has settled, let HIM tell you what he thinks...
"I want to thank each of you for the hard work you personally put in to organizing the convention. As district conventions go, this was most assuredly one of the most interesting conventions I have been a part of in a long, long time.
I also want to thank each of you for your support and your county’s support in my quest for the Chairmanship of the 7th. I cannot thank you each enough for the encouragement and support. I know that some of you put yourselves at tremendous personal risk to your individual reputations and I can never thank you enough. It was a hard fought race that saw a lot of bitter and nasty mudslinging from some groups. I and those that helped with my campaign tried to remain above the nastiness and for the most part, we were successful. While I would have preferred a different outcome this past Saturday, I have no regrets on how I ran my campaign and with a few tweaks would do it the same way again. Elijah won an extremely close election and I ask that we all come together now, unite behind Elijah and move forward to elect our party’s nominee to the US House of Representatives this November.
Since the convention, I have received a number of calls and e-mails asking what I am going to do now that I no longer hold an official position? Let me be clear on this, I do not need another bullet point on a resume’ to work with and be involved, active and supportive of the SCGOP. It was not just campaign rhetoric when I talked about working in my dad’s tobacco warehouses as kid. It was not rhetoric when I talked of my summers at our family beach house in Garden City or earning my Eagle Scout badge and the times I spent at Camp Coker in Society Hill. The love, concern, passion and drive I have for this area we call the Pee Dee and the Grand Strand is borne from something some can never truly understand or appreciate.
As a young man in my twenties, I had the unique opportunity to stand on Mulholland Drive; look out over the Los Angeles basin and wonder why we could not have some version of that growth along the Grand Strand? I also lived in metro Atlanta and still frequently return to see old friends. Inevitably I will find myself sitting in the lounge atop the Peachtree Tower at sunset, looking out over the vast metro area of “Hotlanta” and wonder why we could not have some version of that growth and the jobs it brings across the Pee Dee and the Grand Strand? That has been, is and always will be, the one driving issue for me. I believe that our party, is the one party that can move this state forward where jobs and opportunity are available; where dignity and pride still mean something; where any child regardless of who their family is, can with hard work and determination rise to be whatever they dream of.
Judging by the calls, e-mails and comments on blogs and Facebook, many Republicans want me to remain active in the party. There are a few that wish that I disappear, such are the traits of ungracious winners. I will be honest, at this point I have made no plans past our state convention next month. I still have the SCGOP awards committee to chair and look forward to working with our state Chairman Chad Connelly for the best convention we can have on May 19th. After that, my calendar is surprisingly open for the first time in over a decade and half. About the only thing I know right now is that there is one place it appears I am not wanted and their wish will be granted.
There is still much work ahead of us and Saturday’s outcome didn’t change that. Even though I’m not sure what my next role will be, I’m looking forward to new opportunities to help move our Party and our state forward. I will continue to spend time with the rural county parties across the Sixth and Seventh Districts, where I have many long-time friends and allies, and I will continue working to make a difference, as I know many of you will be doing as well. Let’s move forward together."
Former 6th District Chairman