That’s the take I’m getting from Lee County Republican leaders this weekend in
the wake of the publication THIS driveby media article:
SANFORD — Sitting in the conference room at the Buggy Factory for a few hours may not sound like fun to most, but Rep. Mark Walker enjoyed the opportunity to listen to concerns from area leaders.
Walker was impressed with what he heard and saw during his meeting with leaders from Sanford, Lee County, and state representatives.”I think our goal, first of all, is for us to hear their concerns, specifically in regards to what is going on at the federal level,” Walker said. “Sanford and Lee County is on the precipice of some major things. What I take away from this, being a former pastor of large churches and working in business, there is always an element that shows you are ready. In other words, to be a large church or be an large organization you have to think like that. Sanford is thinking that way.
“Of all the places I have been throughout the state, the only other place that I would compare some of the bi-partisan working arrangements is Mount Airy. It is a smaller than Sanford, but you have this understanding from a larger perspective, if we were going to get to that next level, we have to work together and build these relationships. That is what as impressed me most about my visit today.”
*”Bi-partisan”?* *SOMEBODY* has been listening to Thom Tillis. (I guess you can call it bipartisan if you are the only Republican in a room full of Democrats.) MORE:
Walker, a Republican, was elected to his second term in Congress in November, but his first representing the newly-drawn Sixth District. Walker said it was important for him to come to the area and get to know the people and the issues. He also believes it is key in making better decisions in Washington.
“We have only been representing this area for only four months now, since January. Even though we knew the district would change, we couldn’t officially come in as a member of Congress because it was a new district. Being visible, listening, building relationships, people say that sounds pretty simplistic, but that is the foundation of getting anything done.
“That’s really been our style from the beginning whether it is back in Greensboro, Guilford County, we take those relationships we build over the years as a minster that had nothing to do with politics — whether it is talking about refugee issues, whether it is talking about the some of the inner city issues that we see, hopefully can bring that into communities like Sanford.
Refugee issue has “nothing” to do with politics? Wow.
“The other component — whether in the counties of Randolph, Lee and Chatham — it is our job to be here. We just finished six weeks in D.C. and getting this quick hiatus, people say ‘you are going on vacation for a couple of weeks,’ not hardly. We’ve got people we have to get out and see, we met with veterans in Pittsboro earlier this week, visted an elementary school we were requested to attend. We enjoy that because it allows us to see the policies of D.C. and how they impact our local communities.”
One of the local leaders who took the opportunity to ask Walker questions was Amy Dalrymple, the chairman of the Lee County Board of Commissioners. Dalrymple thought the get-together went very well and was happy to get some information she could share with others.
“I thought we had an excellent meeting,” she said. I was really thrilled that he would come and spend time with us and listen to our needs. I look forward to working with him.”
SHE is a Democrat. (FYI)