WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A group of Wilmington residents are taking a unique approach to hitting the campaign trail. Martin Goter and John Gray are leaders of a local group literally going the extra mile supporting Republican candidate Ron Paul in his race for the White House.
“I don’t know if you’ve noticed, you probably have, the campaign’s been going pretty well,” Paul said during a recent campaign event.
If you read between the lines, the GOP candidate and Congressman from Texas may be referring to the overwhelming support he is receiving from grassroots efforts. One of those groups, Wilmington Liberty, is a big part of those efforts. Members have been traveling with paul helping to spread his message of liberty.
“My thought process was I’ll drive up to New Hampshire, help out there for a week, do what I can up there for Ron Paul for a week, rent a U-Haul trailer, pull it behind my Jeep and drive all those signs to South Carolina,” said Goter, who started Wilmington Liberty.
And that’s exactly what he and other members of the group did.
Monday, Goter was outside of the Myrtle Beach Convention Center waving those signs he got from the Granite State. Meanwhile Gray and others were outside a Newt Gingrich event trying to sway undecided voters.
“People are starting to pay attention, and it’s exciting,” Gray said. “A lot of us feel like it’s less of a campaign and more of a revolution.”
As these Wilmingtonians attempt to spread their message nationally, they also have a plan of attack for right here in the Port City.
“We’re doing quite a bit of activism,” Goter said. “We will get out there. We’ll do sign waves. Every one of my group members talks to everybody they can about the message of liberty when they get a chance.”
Members of Wilmington Liberty are so passionate that they take old, uncollected signs off the roadside and repaint them. They say it’s the least they can do for the candidate they have made a special connection with.
“My experience at Myrtle Beach was that of seeing a rock star,” Norman Smith said of Paul. “He’s 76 years old, but he has so much energy. His aura was bright. His words rang true like the Liberty Bell, and I was so inspired.”
As they pack up here in Wilmington and head back to the Palmetto State, they begin to conjure up a plan for the future.
“After the primaries down here I’m actually trying to coordinate to get all the signs that I brought from New Hampshire and send them to Florida as well,” Goter said.
Wilmington Liberty has nearly 250 members.