More than 300 people braved heat and intermittent sprinkles on Sunday to help christen Hillary Clinton’s new Georgia headquarters in Atlanta’s Castleberry Hill neighborhood.
A good many of them, however, were likely drawn more by the promised appearance of television star Tony Goldwyn. Goldwyn plays a fictional — Republican — president on the hit TV show “Scandal.”
Goldwyn ran through Clinton’s biography, hitting the high notes of her early service on behalf of poor children in Alabama and South Carolina and declared the November election one of stark differences.
“I have two daughters, 21 and 26,” he said. “When I think about who should be the next president, what I’m really asking is what kind of country do I want Anna and Tess to raise their families in.”
American voters, Goldwyn surmised, must reject the “rhetoric we hear from Donald Trump.”
This being a campaign office opening, Goldwyn was sure to urge those on the lawn of the office/house to volunteer their time.
“It’s the only way we can turn Georgia blue,” he said.
Bryan Coleman, 29, and Noelle Adams, 46, were there to do just that.
Coleman said doing his part is the “necessary thing.”
“Even if we don’t win (in Georgia), you have to make the play. There are definitely enough Democrats in this state to turn it blue,” he said.
Adams said Georgia Democrats must get off the sidelines.
“Instead of making noise we have to make a difference,” she said.
Later, speaking to reporters, Goldwyn said Clinton would fight for criminal justice reform, to end the “epidemic of gun violence in this country,” and to provide “actual jobs to struggling Americans rather than empty rhetoric.”
Asked about Clinton’s history of involvement in scandal after scandal — no pun intended — Goldwyn displayed a well-researched defense of each. From Whitewater to Benghazi, Goldwyn said Clinton’s critics have been flummoxed at every stop.
He did admit, however, that the controversy over her handling of emails as secretary of State was problematic.
“On emails, now she did make a mistake,” he said. “She admitted she made a mistake. I accept Americans’ decision that because of those emails ‘I’m not going to vote for her.'”
But he said, those voters should make sure “they get the facts.”