Real Grassroots Politics

This week-end we had our Georgia Federation of Republican Women Fall meeting in Macon, Ga.  Saturday, we had a bus tour scheduled for our GFRW women and Austin Scott, candidate for the 8th district  US Congressional seat and Sam Olens, GA candidate for Attorney General.  Senator Johnny Isakson met us in Warner Robins at one stop.

We boarded the bus at 7:30 am at the Marriott in Macon. I want you to get a visual picture of the women dressed in all their Republican red and elephant accessories. Several had on red baseball caps that said “Fire Pelosi.”  Everyone had on various candidates’ stickers.  A range of ages were represented.  Women from all over the state of Georgia were ready to stomp the ground for our Republican candidates.  I had on my red elephant blouse and red elephant shoes.

Red elephant shoes

Taking the ground for Republicans

As the chaplain of the GFRW, I led us in prayer before we took off.  We then recited the Pledge, and we were  on our way.

The organizers handed out goody bags of treats to all the attendants on the bus. There were several door prizes all day. I think everyone won a prize.

Our first stop was in Warner Robins at their GOP headquarters. Our rally was held outside under a huge flag. It was cool, and the sun was shining and beautiful. We sang the Star Spangled Banner and had a prayer.  Austin, Sam and some local candidates spoke. There were several people waiting for us when we arrived. It was a perfect American morning that made you proud and glad you woke up at 6:00 am to go all around middle Georgia. Austin, his wife Vivian and his mom boarded the bus with us and stayed the rest of the day.

We then proceeded to stop in several small towns in the 8th Congressional District with a sheriff escort.  Austin is doing very well there,  and I believe he will unseat Jim Marshall.  Although, Marshall has more money, Austin has the tools it takes to win. One of those tools is his authentic way of grassroots campaigning. We stopped in one town where the population is only 287. The mayor came to our rally in a golf cart.  This is one of the things that made me smile all day.  Austin is out there trying to get every vote he can. He talks with the people about what matters most to them and right now it is their wallets. He repeated all day about the way Congress is increasing our debt, and we must send commonsense people to Washington to stop this madness.

We had lunch in Hawkinsville at a typical south Georgia restaurant.  It was buffet style, and of course fried chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans and sweet tea.  Austin stood on the back of a pick up truck with yard signs to speak to the crowd.  Young children came with their parents to hear him speak.

Our next stop we were treated to strawberry shortcake in a small restaurant in Haynesville.  There were 3 women having lunch, and one of our members went over and asked them if they were Republicans.  They replied no.  She asked them just to listen to what Austin had to say.  During his talk, they were nodding their heads and clapping. She asked them later if they had changed their minds.  The jury is still out, but I would guess they will at least think about it before they vote.

We ended our day at the Macon GOP headquarters where they reported they have made 24,000 phone calls for Austin. That is what real grassroots politics is all about. It is getting out there and shaking hands, making the calls, eating fried chicken and just being with the folks.  People like to know you are real.  They usually give you the benefit of the doubt if you are just honest with them.  Americans are hungry for authentic leadership.  They don’t expect you to be perfect or to have all the answers.  They just want you to be real.  Today I was blessed to be with real leaders, Austin Scott, Sam Olens and Johnny Isakson and all those precious women who pour their hearts and souls into electing conservative candidates.

We are all exhausted.  Our feet are hurting and our cheeks are too from smiling for so many pictures, but we will all go to bed with a sense of accomplishment that we have done our part at least for today.