Get political, stay involved, Dale tells chamber members

Published 5:00 am Tuesday, June 7, 2005

The Brookhaven-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce welcomedMississippi Insurance Commissioner George Dale to its secondquarterly membership breakfast this morning at Western Sizzlin.

Lavelle Sullivan, chamber president, welcomed members and gueststo the meeting, and Cliff Brumfield, chamber executive vicepresident, updated members on chamber activities around town.

Brumfield said chamber members would be touring downtownBrookhaven later today with officials from Main Street Mississippi.The Mississippi Main Street Association helps communities withdowntown development and revitalization goals.

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Dale told chamber members and guests that rather than insurancehe really came to speak about politics.

‘People today have taken the humor out of politics andgovernment,” the Jefferson Davis County native said.

Dale, in office since 1975, told several humorous anecdotesabout former senators and governors he has worked with over hiseight terms in office.

He said working in politics is a way to help others andrequested that chamber members do the same.

“This is all I’ve ever wanted to do,” Dale said of being inpolitics.

Dale who has served with eight governors said he’s frequentlyasked the same question: “Who has been the best governor?”

Dale, remaining quite the politician, answered, “I don’tknow.”

Dale pointed out numerous factors that affect government,including campaign finance.

“The system and cost of it has gotten out of whack,” he said ofcampaign finance.

“There are some good people out there who aren’t necessarilyrich,” Dale said.

Another factor is partisan politics, which is contributes todivision, Dale said.

Dale ended by encouraging chamber members to be involved inpolitics as individuals and collectively and to make sure goodpeople run and get elected to office.