Gaffney Peach Festival Parade 2009

July 21, 2009 by  
Filed under SC Politics

I had the opportunity this past weekend to attend the Gaffney Peach Festival Parade in Gaffney, South Carolina. People began to line the streets at 8:00am when the parade didn’t begin until 9:30am and when it did begin there were a lot of people. If I had to estimate, I would guess that there were around 1,000 plus people there lined up all along the streets.

There were three political figures that were in the parade and this really surprised me, Senator Lindsey Graham, Councilman Ken Ard running for Lt. Governor and Alan Wilson for Attorney General. Graham was riding in a yellow convertible BMW, while Ken Ard and Alan Wilson rode in the back of their trucks with their guests. The Ken Ard campaign had balloons and t-shirts that were handed out throughout the parade; by the time they left every child had a blue or green balloon.

The amount of candidates running for office in 2010 in the parade really shocked me; where were the gubernatorial candidates and the rest of the lieutenant governor candidates. With the recent events that have occurred in Gaffney I was sure that these candidates would have made a showing to show that they support Gaffney and are that they are there for the people. Henry McMaster was at the Water Festival in Beaufort, SC, but everyone else no one is sure where they were.

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  • Matt

    I would have also thought more than three candidates would have showed up. I guess a lot of them are not in “festival-mode” yet, but they should be. Especially with the national attention Gaffney recently received and the renewed sense of safety and pride in the town, there really should have been more of the candidates there.

    Who is advising these politicians!

  • Trust RON PAUL

    Why on Earth would anyone invite Lindsey Graham to ride in their parade when all he does is betray the folks in South Carolina. He does not represent us
    and, obviously, doesn’t care what we think. However, he certainly does want
    to represent illegal Hispanics. Remember, amnesty and his speech to LaRaza
    about the bigots? He is supporting one of the most liberal judges ever, Sotomayor, to the U.S. Supreme Court. Cindy McCain remarked in “Readers Digest” last year that Graham was a semi-permanent resident of Sedona, Arizona. I wish he were a permanent resident there and perhaps we could find
    someone who cares about South Carolina to send to Washington.

  • http://www.facebook.com/csmgj Martin Jones

    I’m a truck driver, and don’t get home to Greenville much. You mention all these folks running. Is there anything y’all can suggest where I can find out who is running for local primaries and elections so I can research them before I vote?

    Also, how did Gaffney receive national attention?

    • http://www.theconservativist.com Gary Coats

      Hi Martin,

      We are building one of the most comprehensive lists on the web of candidates running for office in South Carolina.

      You can find it at the url below:

      2010 Election Coverage

  • http://www.knology.net Ron

    “Cindy McCain remarked in “Readers Digest” last year that Graham was a semi-permanent resident of Sedona, Arizona. I wish he were a permanent resident there and perhaps we could find
    someone who cares about South Carolina to send to Washington”

    Trust Ron Paul,
    You’re correct however we couldn’t agree on a candidate to oppose Graham last yr. We’ve got 5 yrs to find someone to beat this ” so and so”. I hope we’re up to the task.
    Ron

  • http://www.knology.net Ron

    RonPaul,
    I’m supporting Nikki for Gov, but if she’s not successful, she could possibly be ready for a US Senate office in 5 years. I think this lady is A WINNER!!