Perry and Blackburn speak at annual Reagan Day Dinner
By Carole Robinson, Senior Staff Writer
The Williamson County Republican Party shined a light on itself Tuesday evening at the annual Reagan Day Dinner.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Cong. Marsha Blackburn Carole Robinson
The first spotlight shined on the Republican of the Year award given to Hugh DuPree for his continued service and dedication to the party.
Andy Ogles form Americans for Prosperity awarded the Ronald Reagan Freedom Award to Lee Beaman and Doug Grindstaff for their work in fund raising and supporting conservative ideals.
“When Ronald Reagan spoke of the shining city on the hill, he was referring to Williamson County,“ Grindstaff said after accepting the award.
Guest speakers Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, Cong. Marsha Blackburn and Texas Governor Rick Perry touted accomplishments of the party at the local and state levels being careful not to come off as haughty. There was some light-hearted, competitive state versus state back and forth chiding between speakers.
Ramsey reminded the friendly, enthusiastic crowd that during this next legislative session the death tax would finally become extinct.
“Citizens of Tennessee owe less per capita than any state in the Union,” he added.
George Mason University found Tennessee to be the third “freest state” just behind North Dakota and South Dakota and ahead of Texas, which ranks fourth.
Cong. Marsha Blackburn reminded Perry of the direct impact Tennessee had on his political career when in 1999 Tennessee elected George W. Bush president and Lt. Gov. Perry became Gov. Perry.
“It ain’t braggin when you done done it,” Blackburn said using a favorite Perry quote back on the governor before introducing him.
Davy Crockett, Sam Houston and other Tennesseans “cut a path through the wilderness to help settle the edge of civilization,” Perry said.
“Tennesseans know how to make the best of freedom.”
“The greatest thing you never did in the State of Tennessee,” Perry said addressing Ramsey and Blackburn, “was to not pass a personal income tax.”
Admitting the GOP lost the popular vote in five of the last six presidential elections, Perry said the answers to the nations ills can be found in state capitals like Nashville and Austin – states with little or no debt, states that are friendly to businesses and allow freedom to flourish.
Perry described jobs as dignity for a family, adding that Texas has created more jobs than any state in the nation.
“I get nervous knowing governors like Bobby Jindal are passing legislation that will allow them to become more competitive in attracting business, but competition makes us better,” he said, “and the American Dream is not imposed by regulations.”
Posted on: 11/14/2013