Westmoreland speculates about who might beat Hillary

by W. Winston Skinner

Who can beat Hillary?

U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland was asked to share insights about Republican presidential contenders who might face off against presumed Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton in 2016. The congressman, a Republican who lives in Coweta County, was asked about the presidential race when he spoke to the Newnan Rotary Club on Friday.

“You just see a lot of jockeying right now. It’s kind of like NASCAR. A guy stays out front till he starts overheating – and then he drops back,” Westmoreland observed as the noon meeting at Newnan Country Club.

“You’re going to see some leader changes as we progress,” he predicted.

“I would like to see a John Kasich from Ohio,” Westmoreland said, also mentioning Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. “Those guys – having actually managed a state or a large government – could be an asset.”

He acknowledged there is not a Republican candidate currently “like Secretary Clinton was on the Democratic side.”

Westmoreland also talked about politics on the local level. He said 11,000 people had voted early in the district as of Friday. Generally, early voting accounts for about a third.

Even if 40,000 people eventually voted, that would be a fraction of the 700,000 eligible voters. “You only have to get 20,000 to win,” he said – with the winner getting to represent everyone living in the district.

“When you start looking at what’s wrong with politics, that’s a good answer right there,” he said. “We just don’t have enough participation.”

Westmoreland was introduced at the meeting by Matt Brass, a member of his staff who is also a member of Newnan Rotary.



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