Buried in an AJC report on a poll from our friend, Chris Huttman, are these nuggets from Phil Wilheit, Jr., who serves as finance chair for Rep. Jack Kingston’s Senate campaign:
Hey Atlanta! Quit whining about how inconvenient the last few days have been. It’s called earth and weather and it does what it wants. On the west coast it make the ground shake and makes buildings and bridges fall on you. On the gulf coast the oceans swallows miles of land and blows trees homes to smithereens. In the Midwest funnels pick up cars, houses and people and rip them to pieces. In the north the snow is measured in meters and the temperatures make things like ears fall off. So stop complaining about your long commute home….at least it was still there when you finally arrived.
I was in Washington, DC when the storm hit and had a couple laughs about the manner in which Metro Atlantans act during snow storms. Honestly, I didn’t think it would be that bad. “We learned from 2011,” I told myself. Obviously, we didn’t, and political leaders will, undoubtedly, have to answer to voters for being unprepared.
But not only is Wilheit tired of your “complaining” and “bitching” about a few flakes of snow and offering you free lessons about the natural disasters and acts of the Almighty that happen in other places around the country. He’s also thinks you’re less of a man:
Sick of the whining. The “men” in Atlanta need to drink less cosmotinis and forget about ever getting another pedicure. Be a man like the guy who hiked 6 miles through the snow and ice to be with his daughter. Spend more time in nature and less time bitching about it. If more people had not panicked and bolted out of the office at noon we would not have gridlocked the highways and the DOT could have treated them. I left my office in Gainesville at 7:15pm. Checked traffic reports. Found a good route home and traveled 50 miles in 1.5 hours.
There’s some truth in what Wilheit said. No, not the douchebaggery about “cosmotinis” and pedicures, rather the point about people staying in their offices or at home. Outside of that, yeah, probably not the best way in which to talk to Georgians if you’re connected to a major political campaign.