Westmoreland to speak October 26 in McDonough

By Monroe Woark
Times Correspondent

The leadership of the Henry County Republican Party has had two previously scheduled events with U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland during the past few months only to see them both cancelled due to issues with the congressman’s schedule.

Hopefully the third time's the charm and county GOP chair Vicki Temple couldn’t be happier at the timing.

“I’m glad we’re doing it now instead of then,” she said of the upcoming luncheon scheduled for Monday, Oct. 26, at 11 a.m. at Southern Cooking on Industrial Blvd. in McDonough, next to O.B.’s BBQ and down the street from the county administrative complex. “I think a lot of people want to hear what he has to say, especially now.”

This visit is happening at a very interesting time, mainly because Westmoreland sits on the U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee on Benghazi, which is investigating the events surrounding the 2012 attack on the diplomatic compound in that Libyan city that resulted in the deaths of the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans.

The McDonough luncheon will likely be taking place just a few days after former Secretary of State and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton appears before the committee. Given the huge amount of controversy over her alleged role in the Benghazi events, hearing a firsthand account from a committee member could prove quite interesting, Temple acknowledged.

Another likely topic of Westmoreland’s talk is the future of the Republican leadership in the House in the wake of Speaker John Boehner’s announced retirement a few weeks ago and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s decision just days ago to drop out of contention for the speaker’s chair.

The cost for the luncheon is $15 which includes food, and the restaurant has a good-sized meeting room into which organizers will squeeze as many people as possible.

“If it becomes standing-room-only we will let them come in,” said Temple. “People can eat in the main dining room and then come in to hear him speak if necessary.”