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GOP gathering celebrates ticket
Energizing party for McCain-Palin is goal of 'Read Our Lipstick' event
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Forsyth County News

Stella Lohmann is hoping a large crowd will gather by the Forsyth County Courthouse on Saturday, donning a set of red wax lips.

The "Read Our Lipstick" event welcomes Republicans from across north Georgia to rally for GOP presidential candidate John McCain and running mate Sarah Palin.

"It's a celebration as much as it is just rallying the troops, knowing it's going to take a lot of our efforts in the last few weeks," said Stella Lohmann, event organizer. "It is not over ... anything can change, and polls are not the final decision."

According to recent national polls, the Democratic ticket of Sens. Barack Obama and Joe Biden is leading the race by a margin of 7 to 10 percentage points.

"[People will] come out, show their support and rally," Lohmann said. "Saying we're here, and we're going to be at the polls and it's going to go for the Republicans."

Both men and women are invited to rally for the McCain-Palin ticket, said Lohmann, volunteer coordinator and member of the Republican Party Campaign Headquarters steering committee.

The city of Cumming, she said, is the epitome of "Main Street, USA," a slogan both parties have used to describe typical middle-class Americans facing the day-to-day rat race.

Lohmann said people at the rally will represent the Jane and "Joe 'Six-Packs,' coming together ... and saying we know that we are Main Street USA and we have a voice."

Many female Republican leaders will be in attendance, including: Sue Everhart, state GOP chairwoman; Suzi Voyles, chair of Georgia Women for McCain; Sadie Fields with the Georgia Christian Alliance; and Mille Rogers, president of the Georgia Federation of Women.

Ethan Underwood, first vice chair of the local Republican party, is helping with the event. He said people relate to Palin, who he described as energizing the party.

"We want to make sure people are excited, that they're ignoring a lot of the national media hype and that they're getting out and voting," he said. "We want to do anything we can to excite our base and make sure we carry Georgia by a large margin."

Though the Republican campaign headquarters is a couple blocks away, the gazebo by the courthouse will give the event more exposure.

All campaign materials, including buttons, T-shirts, lawn signs and stickers, will be moved to the gazebo for the event.

With only a few weeks before the Nov. 4 election, Lohmann said now is the time to start reaching out to people, especially women, throughout the community and the state who might not be planning to vote.

"We believe that John McCain and the rest of the nation has recognized the value of the women vote, " she said. "We have 54 percent of registered voters in this election.

"We can change the course of this election for our good, and that good is for the American people to elect John McCain and Sarah Palin."