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  1. Pat Kleinmaier says:

    Oh John, We share so much of the same feelings about Dr Brannon. Pattie Curran and I heard him speak at the honor your oath rally in Jan 2013 when the new legislature took power in Raleigh. We could talk of nothing else all the way back to Winston-Salem. By the time we got home we had planned a big tax day rally for April 15th and she was going to call him the minute she got home. He honored us by saying yes to our idea. We had no location, no one else to speak but we had Dr Brannon. Fast forward to July and Pattie hosts a house party for him. I sat beside him and listened to him speak of things I had only dreamed of hearing from a politician and felt so empowered by his speaking that I grabbed my check book and wrote him a check there on the spot. His words inspired me to toss my hat in the ring for the WS city council in a ward that is 6-1 democratic. Did I win… well heck no but the campaign bug got me full force and when Pattie asked me to be a neighborhood coordinator I jumped at the chance. I had no idea that would require a 4 month commitment of going to our little office each day and finding volunteers, setting up phone banks and walk lists, writing personal letters to the people we spoke with on the phone, more opening of the check book for stamps and supplies and donations. Working in Harris’ hometown was a challenge in itself as most of the really good Rep women volunteers were all supporting the opposition and they turned on us Brannonites like rapid dogs not to mention the treatment we received from our own Tea Party groups. But we worked and worked and spent days at the polls first in the rain and then in the 90degree sun. I wouldn’t change a minute. I love Dr Brannon and his family and already know I will work just as hard or harder the next time. I love this country and don’t want it to go down the path of socialism. At 65 I don’t have a lot of time to turn things around and leave a better place for my grandkids. I will pray for your family and know that this time you will be blessed.

  2. Cindy Godwin says:

    This is a wonderful reflection of everything he spoke on and how the people who supported him truly felt. I am so sad that Tillis got the nomination but it is what it is. I pray he will try to go after Burrs seat and now that he has some serious name recognition he should win the nomination.

  3. valleebubak says:

    Thank you, John, for this beautiful write-up of our shared experience. This was a big journey to be a part of and I believe that God’ Kingdom was blessed even though we didn’t see victory in man’s sense — the votes. We never know all the reasons we are put into a situation, but I can reflect and see how friendships blossomed, God’s love was shared and discussed, we learned more about the role of government, and we also learned who we could not trust.

    We had many heartbreaks through this journey with people — and even friends — rejecting us because we didn’t go along with the status quo or their agendas. Those people who disappointed us also helped us to know them better and the “system” so that we would not be fooled at a later time when perhaps the consequences are even greater.

    Like John, I’m grateful to the Brannon’s and to the call that God gave Greg. Even though I am sad and feel beaten down after losing, plus fearing six years of Tillis or Hagan, I am wiser and blessed for the experience. I hope others will join me in praying for our country and to remember that “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind.”

    What we see as failure, could be success to God. I pray for myself and others that we will seek God’s Word, His knowledge and peace as we heal and move from sadness to joy.

  4. Diane Hamersley says:

    Great story and great involvement. We will be praying for your procedure’s success. Blessings, Diane

  5. S says:

    Man, I’ve lived in DC for over a decade now, how did I get this far without realizing it was really the District of Criminals? Maybe I’m actually one too, and just didn’t know?!?!

    I’m obviously being facetious, but please know that the District of Columbia is home to many law-abiding, patriotic, productive members of society and you do a disservice to all of those tax-paying yet disenfranchised citizens (Maybe they won’t let us have a senator because we’re all criminals? We could be on to something here!) and to your own argument when you engage in ad-hominem, name-calling attacks. Also, just to be a snotty Washington elitist, here’s a pro tip: most people around here actually identify the federal government, National Mall, etc. as being Washington, while the real city, with real people living and working there, is the district. But hey, implying that I’m a criminal because of where I live (and around here, you can be a “criminal” or have an insane commute; I’ll take being a “criminal” and getting more time with my family), is a great way to convince me that you have cogent, rational arguments for your cause.

    • John says:

      haha… of course not everyone living in D.C. is a criminal. The nickname is earned as a result of the political class which largely exists to line its own pockets and the pockets of whatever industries and lobbyists can do or owe them favors. And not even every politician is self-serving in this way, just a whole lot of them. Certainly didn’t mean to imply the whole city was made up of evildoers.

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