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I spent a lot of time in Montgomery last week. There are times I come back from there and reflect that there is a real need for change. I encourage you to sign up on TommyBattle.com if you want real change in Montgomery.
Now, don’t get me wrong. There are some great people and some great groups in Montgomery. We had several campaign events where we met lots of new friends. I appreciate their hospitality and the chance to share our message with them.
But the Capitol scene in Montgomery just amazes me. I was part of a group of 100 or so north Alabama leaders who came in for a visit led by the Huntsville-Madison County Chamber. I think it was eye-opening to them—and a continuing sense of frustration to me—to see how the wheels of government work in Montgomery.
I made a quick side trip to Greenville where all the candidates were invited for a forum, and 160 Greenville citizens showed up. Great crowd of people interested in how to make the state a better place. We talked the future, Alabama’s needs and how to improve the state. Lots of ideas—some good, some needing a little work. But the important thing is that 20 candidates were there because they valued the town of Greenville and wanted to work with the people of that region for a better Alabama.
However, while we were talking to regular people about the future of Alabama, Kay Ivey was going around to cocktail parties in Montgomery. There seems to be lots of receptions in Montgomery.
The more you go to the state capitol and look at what’s happening, the more you see the need for change. For leadership.
It’s time to get back to business at the state capitol. We have to instill the value of public service back into the State Capitol. Let’s match every reception with a community meeting, a neighborhood caucus or just go have a cup of coffee with the average citizen. Our State officials need to go out among the people, to tell them what the plans are and to listen to them, to make the plan of shaping the future of Alabama—everyone’s plan.
Let’s get back to government of the people, by the people, for the people.