By Susan Gingrich
Can a person not born with a silver spoon in their mouth or with acquired great wealth be elected governor in Tennessee in 2018? Someone whose primary concern really is the taxpayers and all the citizens of Tennessee. An honest, truthful, God fearing person who loves family first and fellow Tennesseans next. Someone who worries about the physical security of people living in our state more than the financial security of big business.
Could such a person be the conservative version of Bernie Sanders, generating a visceral and massive following from people fed up with Nashville and all the politicking as usual. Could the rightfully so, distrustful and cynical electorate believe, just one more time, that a candidate could make a difference in the lives of their families and in their small businesses? That a governor could actually be interested in what is really best for them, one who would share power with the people instead of concentrating on his legacy, raising money for the next election, and schmoozing with rich and powerful allies. An official who that once elected didn’t treat taxpayers as irrelevant and invisible.
Such an individual would not be the favorite of special interests who so heavily influence most people in public office. Like Bernie’s campaign, could the money for the candidate needed to compete for high office come primarily from small donors across the state who believe in this person with their hearts, minds, and checkbooks? By addressing not just the popular ones, but the right issues for Tennessee, ones that matter and are mostly ignored, could publicity via social media, conservative news outlets and even the state and national mainstream media advance this person and ideas into prominence as a candidate?
A candidate such as I described would be rare, but I do believe one or more lives in the great state of Tennessee. Someone whose guiding special interest is the welfare of Tennesseans. I met and heard one speak last week. Someone who wasn’t a smooth talker but a sincere one. His love for God, his family, and our state was evident, as well as his disdain for the amount of money which will be spent to buy, I mean win, the republican nomination for governor. I can only imagine and hope for such a candidate running for governor, generating excitement and grassroots efforts that sweep across our state to help win the nomination. The power of all the little people, hardworking taxpayers, and people who have almost given up hope for a better future, uniting to elect someone we can believe in and trust. I am ready for this candidate, ready to help in the fight, and after all, with God all things are possible, even in Tennessee.
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Susan E Gingrich is a freelance writer and political activist residing in Loudon TN. She is the sister of former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Newt Gingrich.