I look in awesome wonder at the criticisms and character attacks heaped upon people who choose to offer themselves for public office. In most cases, these attacks are born in absolute lies.
How many of us would wish the same thing on family and ourselves? What causes people who will never put themselves into a political contest to be so critical of those who try? To be called a Honey Boo Boo, a nincompoop, incapable and a political bum, and have their families endure the pain of reading such comments?
Lee Anderson and family have endured it all.
He is a man with a college education, a third-generation farmer, a successful businessman and a deacon in his church. He is a father of two children, and married for 31 years to a wife who devoted her life to education and a better way of life for children.
He is a man who was elected to the Columbia County Board of Education and the Columbia County Commission – a man who was elected to the General Assembly of Georgia and served well. I know – I was there with him.
As to being a great orator, my history books tell me that one of the greatest Americans and wisest of them all, Thomas Jefferson, was lacking in this particular area. Maybe it’s time we send more commonsense Americans to Congress and fewer oratory lawyers.
I ask you, my friends, to go to the polls and prove that there must be principle with politics.
(The writer is a Georgia state senator representing District 24.)