Monday, November 9, 2020: Last week was election week and, although much of my time was spent with the campaign, I had a number of great visits throughout the district including a tour of the Ford Plantation and other developments in Richmond Hill led by Downtown Development Authority Chairperson Georgene Brazer.
I was also honored to be the keynote speaker at the Glynn County Veteran’s Park opening ceremonies as well as speak to the Coastal Georgia Chapter of Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) in Brunswick and participate in a McIntosh County Economic Development Roundtable in Darien. Finally, I participated in a virtual call with the Alliance for Integrity and Reform of the 340B pharmacy program, had a virtual meeting with the Asian American Hotel Owners Association, participated in a Political Pharmacist Podcast, recorded a Canadian/American Business Council video and had a virtual call with students from Valdosta State University (VSU) participating in the Model UN program. Last night, I attended the Chatham Area Veterans banquet at American Legion Post 184 in Thunderbolt where I had the honor of presenting American flags to Chatham Veteran of the Year Jimmy Ray and Veterans Day Parade Grand Marshall Christina Gibson. I’m headed to Jesup in Wayne County this morning and during the drive I join in on our daily all staff conference call.
Once in Jesup, I meet with Wayne County Sheriff-Elect Chuck Moseley before speaking to the Wayne County GOP at their monthly meeting. Afterwards, I have a great visit to the newly opened Visit at Home Senior Living of Jesup. This beautiful facility will soon begin accepting residents and fill a much-needed service in the area. After a great visit to Anchored in Wellness where they provide counseling and therapy services for the community, I head back to Pooler where I have a virtual interview with WJXT TV in Jacksonville to discuss election news.
Tuesday, November 10, 2020: I’m up early this morning as I have a 5:15 a.m. interview on Fox & Friends to discuss Republican gains in the House and the Georgia Senate race. Later in the morning I have a radio interview with Joe Willie Sousa in Brunswick to discuss the Senate runoffs and afterwards join in on our daily all staff conference call.
Next, I head to Dundee Street in Savannah, site of the Tiny House Project where I join a great group, Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), who are braving the wet weather to dedicate a flag pole they have donated to the project. I am honored to present the group with a flag flown over the U.S. Capitol in honor of the project and take part in the service of dedicating the flag. After this great ceremony, I head to our Savannah office where I have a live virtual interview with Fox Business to discuss this week’s announcement by Pfizer Pharmaceuticals that their COVID-19 vaccine candidate has proven to be 90% effective.
Afterwards, I have a constituent meeting in my office to discuss Veterans Affairs (VA) issues before heading to the Meridian Research in Savannah where I have my second appointment as part of the COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials in which I am participating. During today’s visit, I go through more tests and answer more questions before receiving a booster shot. Later, I have a phone interview with WSAV TV in Savannah to discuss today’s Supreme Court hearing dealing with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) before heading to the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force in Pooler where I record a Veteran’s Day video. Next, I head to the Vietnam Memorial in Emmet Park on River Street in Savannah where I brave the inclement weather with others as we hold the annual Vietnam Veterans Day ceremony.
Rep. Carter at the annual Vietnam Veterans Day Ceremony in Savannah
After a couple of interviews, both on camera and via phone, I head back to Pooler where I am live on Fox Business along with attorney Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. as we discuss the pros and cons of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Wednesday, November 11, 2020: Yes, today we celebrate Veterans Day, but really every day is Veterans Day. I’m honored today to participate in the annual Chatham County Veterans Day Parade that is being held this year in my hometown of Port Wentworth.
I’m glad the City of Port Wentworth agreed to host the parade this year and, judging by the great turnout, people were very appreciative. Next, I head to our Brunswick Office in Glynn County where I meet with a couple of constituents who are concerned about consumer credit protection legislation. Afterwards, I head to the College of Coastal Georgia where I meet with President Michele Johnson before attending the Veterans Academic Learning Opportunities and Resources (VALOR) Veterans Day ceremony held on campus. I am honored to deliver the keynote address at this great event and take the opportunity to thank the College of Coastal Georgia for their work with our Veterans as they have been named a Yellow Ribbon School as one of the best colleges for vets.
Afterwards, I head to the Golden Isles Veteran’s Village groundbreaking ceremony in downtown Brunswick. Once completed, this Tiny House project will be a safe place for veterans to lift themselves up and become self-sufficient and self-sustaining. Next, I head back to Pooler and once back home I have a live radio interview with Larry O’Connor, who hosts a popular show in the Washington, DC area, to discuss the Georgia Secretary of State’s decision to require a hand recount of ballots in the State of Georgia. Later, I have the honor of speaking virtually to Students for Life, a pro-life group at the University of Georgia.
Thursday, November 12, 2020: Today is Academy Day, the day that students from the First District who are interested in receiving an appointment to a military service academy go through the interview process. The interviews are held at the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force in Pooler and I am blessed to be assisted by a great board who perform the interviews for me. The board consists of those with military experience and those without and those who attended one of the military academies and those who did not.
The students come from throughout the district and all are truly phenomenal young men and women who are very deserving of an appointment. After welcoming the students and thanking the board for their service, I head to the Salvation Army Family Thrift Store in Savannah and, during the drive, I join in on our daily all staff conference call. Once at the Salvation Army, I join the staff in announcing the receipt of a $500,000 grant from the CARES Act to help renovate their thrift store and community center.
After a tour of the facility I head back to our Savannah district office before heading to Gaster Lumber in Southside Savannah where I receive the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) Guardian of Small Business Award from NFIB board member Ray Gaster. Next, I head to Fort Pulaski on Cockspur Island where I film this week’s edition of Buddy’s Briefing and afterwards join in on a Doctors Caucus virtual call to discuss surprise billing. Once back in our Savannah district office, I have a virtual interview with PBS NewsHour to discuss the hand vote recount in the State of Georgia. Afterwards, I head to the Gun Owners Association Epic Shootout 2020 at 17 South Rod & Gun Club in Liberty County before heading to Long County for Sheriff Craig Nobles’ annual law enforcement fish fry.
Friday, November 13, 2020: After attending our weekly Band of Brothers meeting in Garden City where we are finally meeting again, albeit with social distancing and a limited number of people allowed, I stay in Garden City where I attend the renaming ceremony of the Kicklighter Overpass on Hwy 80 near the Farmers Market.
The renaming resolution, sponsored in the Georgia House of Representatives by Rep. Carl Gilliard (D-Sav), is named in honor of the Kicklighter family in Garden City. Dean Kicklighter is a former Mayor of Garden City and long-time Chatham County Commissioner while his mother Bessie, is Mayor pro-tem of Garden City. Dean’s father, Randell, was a successful small businessman for many years before his untimely passing a few years ago. The renaming of the overpass to the Kicklighter Overpass is richly deserved. Later in the day I have a radio interview with Breitbart News to discuss the vote recount and Senate run off races in Georgia.