Former State Representative and Current Regent Larry Walker penned a piece giving fatherly advice to his son and his new state senator, Senator Larry Walker III (R-Perry), in the Macon Telegraph. Here are a few tidbits that, honestly, can be applied to our own lives:
4. BE LIKABLE: Be friendly. Smile. Be courteous. This applies to your constituents and your fellow legislators (on both sides of the aisle). Don’t think you are too important, even though the office you hold might be. Use words like “please,” “I’m sorry,” “please forgive me,” “that’s a good idea,” etc.
7. BE WILLING TO COMPROMISE WHEN COMPROMISE IS IN ORDER: Politics is the art of compromise — or, at least it used to be. Listen to the other person’s point of view. Try to reach consensus. Don’t compromise your principles, but sometimes you ultimately get what you want by initially starting with something less or different than you preferred.
10. KNOW WHEN TO QUIT: You might say “this is strange advice to be giving when I am just starting.” But, the time will come, and there will be life after politics. Knowing when to quit is more important than deciding to run.
I’ll leave this open to the Peach Pundit community: What constructive advice would you give to the Senator?