Thursday, December 6, 2007

Freeman: Kind of a big deal

I hung out for about an hour last night at state Rep. Allen Freeman's fundraiser at the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in Macon. Freeman, R-Macon, has rather quietly become kind of a big deal at the statehouse, judging by the folks he brought into town.

Chuck Leavell, the Rolling Stones keyboardist/Twiggs County tree farmer, performed. The Speaker of the House was there and brought a House photographer with him. So was the Majority Leader, state Rep. Jerry Keen, and the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, state Rep. Ben Harbin.

In fact, the only thing there were more of than the politicians and big wigs inside the Music Hall of Fame were SUVs and Lincoln Town Cars outside in the parking lot.

I'll post some tidbits I heard shortly, but here's a list of the other folks I saw at this thing:

Republican Congressional Candidate Rick Goddard, state Rep. Tony Sellier, state Sen. Cecil Staton, state Rep. Allen Peake, Macon CVB Director Janice Marshall, Mercer University President Bill Underwood, former Mercer University President Kirby Godsey, state Rep. Ron Stephens, former state Rep. David Graves, former state Rep. and DOT Board Member Ward Edwards, Bibb County Commission Chairman Charlie Bishop, former Bibb County Commission Chairman Tommy Olmstead (hey - a Democrat sighting), local real estate big-timer (and one of the key players behind the speaker's GREAT tax plan) Roy Fickling.

There were also a lot of lobbyists and Middle Georgia movers and shakers. All in all, it seemed like impressive attendance, but then I don't go to a lot of political fundraisers.

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