Today is Tom Graves birthday. Happy Birthday Rep. Graves. I hope you’ve had a great day.
Mike Evans, the man who Graves once risked his political future for, has decided that Tom’s present should be Evans’ endorsement of Senator Lee Hawkins. There are two paragraphs in his press release that will almost make me miss Mike Evans. Almost. I’ve decided to add my own commentary to them, as a lovely parting gift for Mr. Evans:
As you know, I have never shied away from calling out President Obama, Speaker Nancy Pelosi or other Washington liberals for their damaging policies. (except when I am getting paid with your local tax dollars to get me some damaging Obama/Pelosi stimulus money) I am 100 percent in support of bringing stronger, effective, conservative leadership to Congress.
Thank you to all my friends for the support you have given me in the past. I now urge you to join me in supporting Lee Hawkins in the same ways you have supported me (you know, buy giving me money because my consultant told you I was the only one who could raise money. Yeah, about that. Sorry.)
Sincerely, (I have no idea what this word means, but I’m told it’s customary to put it here)
So, Mike Evans drops out of the race to earn a living. His job is being a lobbyist. His current political ties are in transportation. Jeff Mullis, is the Chair of the Senate Transportation Committee. Mullis is officially remaining neutral, but has hosted a meet and greet for Hawkins, and Mullis’ aide, Kailor Gordy, has gone from the Mike Evans campaign to Lee Hawkins “with the support of Senator Mullis and Mike Evans”.
O.K., we get it. It’s politics. Or at least, the politics of money. Evans will most likely be lobbying transportation issues, and he doesn’t want to cross Jeff Mullis. Mullis meanwhile, has already tried to push a horrible candidate on his constituents, and has been resounding rejected by them, thus his “official” in name only neutrality. Watching him dressed like a Christmas tree at the Walker County GOP dinner with Evans and Kemp stickers as ornaments was somewhat amusing. Watching the results come back incredibly lopsided against his chosen candidates was much more so.
That same Walker GOP dinner was the first time I had ever heard Tom Graves speak. For the Evansbots who constantly have accused me of being Tom’s plant on these pages, you should know that prior to that evening, we had only met once, at the State Convention in Savannah. I didn’t catch his name when we were introduced, didn’t know who he was, and only later was told I had been chatting with Tom Graves. We weren’t exactly best friends.
But as this race has developed, I have been able to watch and listen. I have learned more about him and his character. And I have found the elusive qualities of someone who can actually articulate true conservatism in a positive, uplifting manner, as opposed to the all to common angry and bitter diatribes we too often settle for today.
And though I remain ever cynical, I am willing to bet that in Tom Graves we have a future GOP superstar who will not only admirably talk the talk, but walk the walk.
There are many fine candidates remaining in the 9th Congressional GOP primary, I will not be able to vote for any of them, though I will encourage my friends and relatives who can to vote for only one: Tom Graves.
I am not delusional enough to think that Rep. Graves would have rather had my endorsement for a birthday present than that of Mike Evans. But mine is what I have to give, and today, I offer my support to Tom Graves.