Local GOP host Lincoln-Reagan Dinner
The Republican Party is alive and doing well in Butler County. At least that seemed to be the consensus on Saturday night as over 100 people gathered for the Lincoln-Reagan Day Dinner at the Butler County Educational Complex. U.S. Representative Brett Guthrie (R-Bowling Green) was the keynote speaker. He spoke about the debt, entitlements, and health care. He reminded those in attendance of our forefathers thoughts concerning debt:
"Think what you do when you run in debt; you give to another power over your liberty." Benjamin Franklin, George Washington urged his countrymen to avoid “the accumulation of debt,” said Guthrie.
“It makes me wonder, are we the generation that our forefathers warned us about?” said Guthrie.
Guthrie said reform is needed for entitlement programs,”Government can’t solve all our problems.”
He said reform is needed for the taxpayers supporting those programs and those receiving help so both can have a better life.
According to Guthrie, Obama Care (the new health care reform law) is impossible to implement and Congress is looking at either delaying or de-funding the program for a year.
Republican County Chairperson Diane Ingram welcomed everyone. Butler County Judge-Executive David Fields gave the invocation and led the Pledge of Allegiance.
State Representative C.B. Embry Jr. (R-Morgantown) served as emcee for the evening. “I am proud to say all of our county officials are Republicans and let’s keep it that way,” said Embry.
Jon Crosby represented U.S. Senator Rand Paul’s office. “The Senator is attending a fundraising event in Louisville for the “Helping Heroes” program, he sends his regrets,” said Crosby.
According to Crosby the most often asked questions to Senator Paul are about immigration and ObamaCare.
“Rand would say, “We have to secure our boarders and we need to defund ObamaCare,” said Crosby.
He encouraged everyone to visit Senator Paul’s website at www.paul.senate.gov.
Holly Lewis represented U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell’s office on Saturday night. Lewis shared two videos from the Senator.
Matt Bevin, candidate for U.S. Senate, although not on the program was in attendance. Given the opportunity to speak, “I am glad to be here , I am Matt Bevin, candidate for U.S. Senate, I will be here after the dinner and would love to meet you and answer any questions.”
For more information about his Matt Bevins visit: www.mattbevin.com
State Senator Mike Wilson and his wife, Deanna, were in attendance. “I am very sad to say that if the redistricting goes as planned I will be losing Butler County. It has been a joy to represent Butler County and it always feels liking coming home to visit,” said Wilson.
Although he may not be representing Butler County he stated that his door will always be open and he would continue to help the county anyway he could.
Diane Ingram presented two awards to Republicans that has worked diligently for the party. First to be recognized was Dale Franklin of Provo.
“Dale sold more tickets to tonight’s dinner than anybody,” said Ingram. The crowd also sung Happy Birthday to Franklin as he was also celebrating his birthday.
Matthew Embry was recognized for his efforts to organize a Young Republican Club at Butler County High School, developing a Facebook page for the party and his assistance with the Lincoln-Reagan Dinner.
Maddy and Lydia Murphy provided the entertainment for the evening. The very talented young ladies are the daughters of Marty and Lorie Murphy. The dinner was catered by Green River Catering.
Charlie Hutcheson modeled the Butler County Republican Party/ GOP tee shirts. Shirts can be purchased by calling Diane Ingram 999-0641, Matthew Embry 999-6419, or Dale Franklin 999-0400.