I've liked Chip Rogers for a long time. I liked that he stayed connected and involved with his constituents' daily lives by writing articles and making himself available to the public. I remember a few years ago at the Woodstock Fourth of July parade, having one of the parade members hand me a bottle of water – and my belatedly connecting the face to the identity – saying, "Hey! That's Senator Rogers!" So, that kind of thing impressed me but I didn't know much about his politics and didn't really care much back then.
Then, of course, I entered the world of caring about my daughter's school. I knew I wanted my daughter to have the best opportunity available to her education-wise and hoped (still do) that we'll find that at a charter school. Senator Rogers was a big advocate for stretching out of the status quo for Georgia's education and I started to pay attention to him and discovered that I like a lot of things that he says and stands for. I understand that not everyone has the same perspectives or political position. There are many out there who don't agree with Sen. Rogers. Our many colors and textures is what makes our nation such a beautiful one. Even among those who didn't vote for him, it would be really hard to find someone to disagree with the idea that Chip Rogers is a man of integrity and principle. Honest, authentic people in the arena of politics are, unfortunately, not often easy to find.
So, what is it that so seemingly abruptly changed his course? I will be finding out and reporting back. This upcoming election (next week) is going to determine who fills his spot. Let's figure out together what we're looking at.