This is one of those opportunities that just landed in my lap. Last week, I got a call from Jason Perry, a city councilor here in Roswell and he asked if our church would be willing to host Governor Susana Martinez today for a Republican rally and get-out-the-vote campaign. I checked with the board, and they said it was fine with them. We were not endorsing anyone, just allowing them to “rent” our parking lot. In fact, the Jason insisted on it.
In getting everything ready for the governor’s visit, He asked me if I would give the invocation. That was a surprise since he is also a Baptist preacher on the side. I just figured he would do it and I would be a spectator.
Not so. He wanted me to give the invocation and sit up on the stage with all the politicians. I guess that was an honor, but when I sat up there, they kept a chair between me and the politicians. I guess I was oozing so much righteousness that they didn’t want any to rub off on Robert Korn, or the other candidates. You know how it is: you want your politicians with an inkling of right and wrong. But too much righteousness makes them think they are God’s gift to the country, sort of like Obama.
When the Governor finally showed up, I took a few pictures of her (see above) as she came up the stairs. But she didn’t shake my hand. Went right on by me. That was too much for Robert Korn to let pass. He noticed and started joking with me. I told him that Rudy Guilliani did the same thing when I saw him in a rally as well. (The picture on the post below is him blowing right past me. He wouldn’t even look at me.) I think it’s the camera. That is what I told Bob Korn. They see the camera and must assume I’m a reporter.
As for Governor Martinez, she did meet me after all the speeches were given. She really is a nice lady, yet tough. That is what makes her so effective. I hope that she gets enough of the RIGHT politicians in Santa Fe so she can continue to put New Mexico on the right track.