GREENSBURG – Running out of chicken and iced tea turned out to be a welcome problem Thursday night for Decatur County Republican Party Chairman Larry Meyer.
The GOP’s annual Lincoln Day Dinner drew so many guests that Meyer’s banquet order initially came up a bit short. But an event that may have been lacking in food and beverages found sustenance in the enthusiasm on display. It appears there are no hunger pangs of any sort in the local Republican Party, especially when it comes to the GOP’s future.
Local attorney Nathan Harter IV served as the dinner’s keynote speaker and galvanized his party with a speech focused on the passion of the county’s conservative leaders.
Harter said of his well-received speech, “As a Republican, we believe there’s a lot we can do every day, as regular citizens in Decatur County, and we look to Lincoln’s example for our values.”
Harter said Lincoln was a man of character who knew the importance of family. The revered 16th president’s enterprise was noted by Harter to be “the backbone of a thriving economy.” Harter added that Lincoln, once a lawyer himself, placed great importance on law, order and liberty.
“I genuinely believe in the greatness and wisdom of the people of Decatur County,” Harter said. “Mostly, I wanted to express how deeply I love this community.”
“He knocked it out of the park,” Meyer told the Daily News Friday. “He just blew them away; he’s a great speaker … It was really inspiring.”
Harter is the GOP’s candidate for Decatur County Prosecutor. Current Prosecutor Jim Rosenberry, also a Republican, will not seek re-election. Harter will challenge local attorney Christopher Tebbe, a Democrat, for the position this fall.
“I’m very much in Chairman Meyer’s debt for permitting me to be the keynote speaker, and I was reminded again at how receptive this community can be to young people,” Harter said.