While people came from all over the state to see Sarah Palin at the Gwinnett Center this week, the rally for Saxby Chambliss had a decidedly local flair.
Brand Bank CEO Bartow Morgan was the emcee for the event, and he recognized the "star-studded cast" of politicians on stage before Alaska's governor arrived.
Alongside Chambliss, Lauren "Bubba" McDonald, who was seeking a public service commission post and both candidates in the runoff for Georgia Court of Appeals, several north Georgia leaders were on hand.
Congressman John Linder, R-Duluth, got a round of catcalls and applause when he thanked Chambliss for introducing his FairTax measure in the Senate, and Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine, who is from Duluth, and U.S. Rep. Tom Price also appeared on stage, along with a beauty queen and a special-needs child, two things identified with Palin.
Among the more than 50 people crowded on the stage were Gwinnett Chairman Charles Bannister and Commissioner Mike Beaudreau, Sheriff Butch Conway, Norcross Mayor Bucky Johnson, Snellville Mayor Jerry Oberholtzer and Duluth Mayor Nancy Harris.
Among the state politicians were Reps. Melvin Everson, R-Snellville, Mike Coan, R-Lawrenceville, Donna Sheldon, R-Dacula, and Tom Rice, R-Norcoss, as well as outgoing Rep. John Heard, R-Lawrenceville.
League hosts event
After becoming active this political season, the League of Women Voters of Georgia is looking for a few good Gwinnettians.
The nonprofit is hosting a meet-and-greet at the Panera Bread in Lawrenceville Tuesday, so people can learn about joining the group or possibly beginning a Gwinnett chapter.
The event will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road location.
Political Notebook appears in the Thursday and Sunday editions of the Gwinnett Daily Post.
Camie Young can be reached via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.