Greetings from WOTP (way outside the perimeter)

Having written my first post last Friday and my introduction this week, you can assume IrishPat will be somewhat unconventional. Perhaps it is the clean mountain air up here in Blairsville or maybe I’m just a grumpy old white male who apparently is responsible for the world’s problems not directly attributable to George Bush.

My given name is Patrick Terence Michael Malone and I came to Georgia in 1976 as a corporate vagabond. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, politics has always been an interest, initially as a Democrat. After getting my first real paycheck I became a Republican and have had the honor of volunteering for GOP campaigns on the national, state and local level in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan and now Georgia.

I am the semi-retired Senior Partner of The PAR Group, an international leadership development firm based in Tucker, and currently serve as the Interim President/CEO of the Blairsville-Union County Chamber of Commerce. Additionally I am the host of “This Week in Blairsville”, a weekend radio show on Newstalk 95.1 WJRB and a sales leadership columnist in a couple of magazines and the co-author of the business book “Cracking the Code to Leadership”.

While the GA-9 and the HD-8 are both considered among the most conservative, I consider myself a conservative pragmatist which means I am often labeled a RINO. I look forward to contributing to and operate under the belief that old age and treachery will always beat youth and exuberance.


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