Swirling rumors coupled with announcements, then a possible announcement, then an announcement to hold off on the announcement have left us all wondering if and when Dalton Mayor David Pennington will throw his hat into the ring for Governor. But this morning we were met with an endorsement by the highly respected (for his politics and his BBQ) Oscar Poole.
ENDORSEMENT OF DAVID PENNINGTON FOR GOVERNOR, Col. Oscar Poole’s Blog, Tues June 18, 2013
I am he of whom Joe McCutchen spake! Not sure of all the accolades he bestows upon me! But today I am happy to endorse the candidacy of DAVID PENNINGTON, Mayor of Dalton, for Governor of Georgia in the upcoming Republican primary! I have watched David for over a year as he has considered running for this race. Let me make it clear that my endorsement is FOR David and not Against another. In the present case, this is true for ALL the candidates I have endorsed as I consider myself as friends with all the other Republican candidates be it this race, the US Senate, or the Congressional race I have already endorsed! For example, it was Nathan Deal who sponsored my FIRST “Col. Poole Takes Pork Back To Washington” sixteen years ago when his whole staff rolled up their sleeves and helped us serve 450 people in the Sam Rayburn Building! Please know that such befriending of me is NOT taken lightly!
Why am I endorsing DAVID PENNINGTON? For one thing, he ASKED me! He has been to Poole’s BBQ several times. We have gotten aquainted as I feel I have “vetted” him. I have learned of his EXPERIENCE of CUTTING SPENDING and CUTTING TAXES. A vital reason is that he has committed to abolishing the state income tax which is hindering BUSINESS from coming to Georgia when the states north and south of us do not have an income tax. Our present leadership steadfastly ignores this important factor. Also, David is a BUSINESS man and I feel we should give a business man an opportunity to manage our affairs. These, and other reasons, I support David’s candidacy.
There hasn’t been too much opposition surrounding the possible run, just questions about funding and the scarlet letter (read: target) that will be on his back should he saddle up for this race. In staying true to opposing the status quo, I hope he runs. Besides, he definitely loves liberty more than Deal.