RIO GRANDE — Gallia County Republicans hosted their annual corn roast Thursday at the Bob Evans Farm shelter house with local government officials appearing to discuss the future of county and national politics.
Russ Moore, Gallia County GOP vice-chairman, welcomed all comers to partake in a variety of classic grill-style foods from a menu of burgers, bratwursts, hot dogs, and, of course, corn. Commander Bill Mangus of the Gallipolis Veterans of Foreign Wars post 4464 led fellow honor guards in the presentation of flags ceremony.
The Pledge of Allegiance soon followed while the crowd remained standing to sing “America, The Beautiful.”
Moore led the invocation and the crowd soon lined up to begin eating. Music was provided by local country artist and singer, Shana Smith.
Republican office holders and candidates were introduced. Kennison Saunders, Gallia County GOP chairman, spoke briefly of the Republican party and its role in local government while thanking his fellow party mates currently in office. He introduced Gallia County Auditor Larry Betz, who then introduced guest speaker Clarence Mingo, Franklin County Auditor.
“I will tell you I’ve been to the state in various places and on rare occasion have I seen two things. One is such patriotism. You all are very faithful and dedicated to the cause that you support, and that would be our party. That is good to see. There is much work to be done and I can see that Gallia County is ready and to do that part well,” Mingo said. “The other thing that I noticed – I think this is a rarity in just about every part of America – that is to see elected officials actually (working) the (event) here.”
Mingo spoke on current controversial issues in American politics. He spoke of the “necessity” to confront ISIS in the Middle East and the organization’s growing reach. He noted it was important to respect fellow Americans of opposing beliefs, but that he was not in favor of the current federal Supreme Court ruling on the issue of same-sex marriage. Mingo declared his Christian beliefs to an applause of approval.
Mingo also addressed issues of socioeconomic class tension and how he felt it disagreeable of upcoming presidential candidates to suggest trying to remove wealth from wealthy Americans. He felt that what one earned they should keep and it was a citizen’s responsibility to make use of what was earned. He felt that being wealthy was not a bad thing and every American was responsible for making use of what opportunities came before them. Mingo also spoke of the necessity to “change the hearts” of Americans on the matter of racial tension and that it was important for all Americans to “love and respect” fellow citizens of different color.
Mingo thanked local GOP members for inviting him to speak.
Anita Moore, Gallia County Republican Chairwoman, helped hand out door prizes. Mangus led the retirement of flags ceremony, and Gallia County Commissioner Brent “Coach” Saunders led the benediction.
Dean Wright can be reached at (740) 446-2342, Ext. 2103.