Advice From A Father To His Newly-Minted Senator Son

Former State Representative and Current Regent Larry Walker penned a piece giving fatherly advice to his son and his new state senator, Senator Larry Walker III (R-Perry), in the Macon Telegraph.  Here are a few tidbits that, honestly, can be applied to our own lives:

4. BE LIKABLE: Be friendly. Smile. Be courteous. This applies to your constituents and your fellow legislators (on both sides of the aisle). Don’t think you are too important, even though the office you hold might be. Use words like “please,” “I’m sorry,” “please forgive me,” “that’s a good idea,” etc.

7. BE WILLING TO COMPROMISE WHEN COMPROMISE IS IN ORDER: Politics is the art of compromise — or, at least it used to be. Listen to the other person’s point of view. Try to reach consensus. Don’t compromise your principles, but sometimes you ultimately get what you want by initially starting with something less or different than you preferred.

10. KNOW WHEN TO QUIT: You might say “this is strange advice to be giving when I am just starting.” But, the time will come, and there will be life after politics. Knowing when to quit is more important than deciding to run.

You can read the whole article over at the Macon Telegraph.  This is sage advice that people in general should take to heart.

I’ll leave this open to the Peach Pundit community:  What constructive advice would you give to the Senator?

5 comments

  1. freefood says:

    Keep in mind, son, how great this looks to people who aren’t used to all kinds of freebies as part of the American way of doing their job:

    “Lobbyists and special interests feed the elected. It’s the American way. It’s how the governed get focused time with elected officials. Thomas Jefferson and George Washington were being wined and dined in the Williamsburg cafes and pubs when the republic was being formed. There is nothing wrong with this as long as you keep exercising your independent judgment.”

  2. D_in_ATL says:

    Nepotism is of higher value than actual merit.
    (Don’t know the guys, but seems relevant considering Bush, Clinton, et al)

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