Here come the politicians

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A South Marion Citizen editorial

Two weeks ago, we covered the story of a Tea Party Solutions meeting in which a candidate for the U.S. Senate, Ron McNeil, paid a visit and spoke.
McNeil is one of about a dozen Republicans trying to unseat Democrat Bill Nelson.
This was the major beginning of what will undoubtedly be a number of political gatherings and rallies as we prepare for the 2012 elections. We’ve already had some events concerning the sheriff’s race, but now things are starting to expand.
McNeil’s visit was interesting. He brought along a band, which featured an impersonator who was very good and very entertaining. If you closed your eyes, you would think you were listening to Elvis, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, a tipsy Dean Martin, and Neil Diamond.
McNeil was also entertaining, with his down home humor and folksy sayings. One of his comments that we highlighted was that politicians in Washington should have two terms – one in Congress and one in prison. That drew a laugh from the crowd.
As we said, though, this was just the first of what should be many visits from candidates, and most of them will be just as unknown as McNeil, who has never run for public office before.
The field will take time to develop and thin out. There will be those who will be serious and others who will quickly fade away.
This, of course, isn’t the only race. State representative and state Senate races are also going to impact Marion County, as well as the local choices for sheriff, school superintendent, School Board and County Commission.
It will be an active political season, and unlike the presidential race, where your candidate could be eliminated by the good folks in Iowa and New Hampshire (if you’re a Rick Perry fan, Tuesday’s Iowa results are a real downer), all county residents will have a say in the local elections.
So keep informed. We’ll try to keep tabs on all the local events that are open to the public.

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