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  • Honor for Roberts

    Walton County’s constitutional officers - from left, Clerk of Courts Kathy Trost, Tax Commissioner Derry Boyd and Sheriff Joe Chapman, and Probate Judge Bruce Wright, right, present a proclamation to county Republican Party Chairman Roy Roberts Sr. on Monday night, Oct. 29, 2018, during a GOP rally at Roberts’ farm.

Posted: Wednesday, May 29, 2019 12:00 am

We asked a well-connected state political consultant if the annual Walton County Republican Barbecue is really as big as an event as we suspect it is locally.

The answer was an unqualified and quick “yes.”

A Republican candidate who dares be on the fence about attending hears early and often from party Chairman Roy Roberts Sr. until the mistake is rectified. That’s why you’ll see Sen. David Perdue come to town this weekend as part of his re-election bid.

Perdue was a bit of a longshot five years ago — a political neophyte (despite a famous last name from a cousin who spent two terms as governor). But he made inroads with the party’s base, and that happens at events like the barbecue at Roberts’ farm.

It was hard to miss the difference between the dozens of people who came to Democrat Stacey Abrams’ rally last year in Monroe and the thousands at Brian Kemp’s three days later who were guests of Roberts.

We’re fortunate in Walton County to be the epicenter of state and national Republican Party politics. Roberts has over years cultivated relationships and built a solid red county, and the result is — well, just go to Nunnally Farms on Saturday to see for yourself.

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