An Honest Politician, For A Change

Friday, October 19, 2018

After having being involved in local politics and campaigns for many years, I finally had enough.  Saying one thing then doing another. Voted in by the people, then serving the power brokers and big donors. Private "conference calls" to avoid public scrutiny, and so much more. Good grief, believe me, I've seen it all, and know many of those that fit that description. And we wonder why voters are so cynical and have no respect for politicians.

Don't get me wrong, not everyone in politics betrays the public trust.  It's just that even well meaning people can be tainted by the money, the power, the influential new "friends", and over time begin to show that they forget who "brung them to the dance." 

One man in particular, however, stands out from most of the rest and that man is our own congressman Mike Carter. I could tell you stories (some that are darn funny) where Congressman Carter has been subjected to pressure from some very powerful individuals, interest groups, and companies to "toe the line", vote a certain way, or they would take their toys and go home. To put it in layman's terms, Mike basically told them in one case I recall,  that he would not be intimidated and would make a "parking lot" out of their business interests if need be.

I have told Congressman Carter on many occasions that I think he would make a fine governor.  If only he could eventually be talked into running. As is Mike's way, he just smiled.

My bottom line is that Congressman Mike Carter has always proven himself to be an honest no nonsense attorney and politician. His unpretentious, quiet, determination to do the job he signed up for, and to always keep his word, makes him worthy of your respect and support.

Bill Reesor


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