Bill Gillespie came to Valdosta, Lowndes County, Saturday and spoke to a packed house party. One of the college student attendees told me she had never heard a politician speak like that. Not only did he tell a story that tied the south Georgia road and rail infrastructure left over from the logging industry to renewable energy and exports for GA-01; he also fielded questions throughout and worked them into his talk.
As she said, this was no talking points politician.
Sure, he has plenty of issues and he worked through the top several of them, but he wasn't just parroting lines; he was weaving them together with his own biography and the those of constituents and audience members.
She also said she didn't remember a time when Jack Kingston was not the rep. for GA-01. And she'd like to be part of changing that.
Bill Gillespie is an even easier sell than Barack Obama in these parts. Everybody knows who Jack Kingston is, but they mostly don't know Bill yet. When they hear there's somebody running who wants to actually build jobs for south Georgia and has a plan to do so, not to mention get us out of Iraq, they're for it, and they're for Bill.