On Tuesday, March 3, Guilford County commissioners will meet President Donald Trump at a national conference of county officials in Washington, DC. However, Democratic Guilford County Commissioner Skip Alston said this week that he won’t attend the event because he has no interest in meeting this president or in hearing what he has to say.
A group of six Guilford County commissioners – Alston, Kay Cashion, Alan Perdue, Alan Branson, Carlvena Foster and Chairman of the Board of Commissioners Jeff Phillips – will be attending the National Association of Counties (NACo) conference, which runs from Saturday, Feb. 29 to Wednesday, March 4. On Tuesday, the group will hear from the president and meet him.
But Alston isn’t going to be at Trump’s speech or reception.
“I wouldn’t waste my time,” Alston said of meeting the president that some other commissioners are thrilled about seeing.
Chairman Phillips said he’s looking forward a great deal to meeting Trump. He said he’s a little dismayed that any commissioner would pass up the chance to meet the president and listen to his remarks.
“He is, after all, the president of the United States of America,” Phillips said. “He will definitely spice things up a bit to say the least.”
Each year, NACo holds its “Legislative Conference,” which brings together about 2,000 elected and appointed county officials. There, county commissioners, managers and other top county staff explore the latest issues related to federal policies that affect county governments, and they also hear from federal officials and participate in congressional briefings.
Alston said that, while he has no interest in meeting Trump, he has put forward great effort this week into trying to get Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden to come to Guilford County. He said that Biden will be visiting North Carolina, but, he added, it’s not clear yet if Biden will make an appearance in Guilford County.
I say it’s time that Skip retires. He really is a WASTE OF MY TIME!
Come on Melvin, a little common sense might rub off.
What a shame that he will use our tax payers money for the boondoggle but is so bigoted and narrow minded that he will not even consider that he could use this opportunity to work together on issues that could be good for the people he is supposed to represent.
It’s time for Skip to retire! It’s shameful that a representative of our county can’t put HIS bigotry aside and open up HIS mind to possibly find NEW solutions that plague our community!!!! What a great example you are to the young, upcoming leaders!!
I for one am glad Skip is not going to meet the president. We would not want President Trump to recognize what idiots we have elected in Guilford County.
One can fix ignorance but one can’t overcome stupid.
Skip never wastes an opportunity to show who the real bigot is.
That is the kind of racist the Commissioner is and has been. Disrespectful and disgraceful aside from being shameful. Too bad folks can’t see the real “Skip”. Really a good thing if you think about it that he is “skipping” out on this…perhaps he has hot dogs to sell next week and that trumps his DC trip.
It is a shame that an elected official, who should be representing all of his constituents, would assume this attitude. He might learn something from an audience with his President. I am sure that President Trump has never heard of Skip Alston, and could not care less if he attends or not, but for an elected official to act like this is shameful, to say the least.
Poor Skip, always a bully that thinks his way is the only way. I’m sorry he was never able to learn to play well with others. Diverse views sharpen all of our skills. If something never gets sharpened it remains dull.
Time to Melvin, make room for those that actually listen.
Let’s ask Skip to go suck his thumb and go sit in the corner for his time out. Seems to me he’s being quite the immature person here. But who am I to say as I’m just a voter.
You are absolutely right Dennis, I agree
When Skip was chairman there were a number of trips all over the U S.Now that the Republicans are in charge and schedule a once in a long while to meet the President he uses this childish disposition to say I don’t want to hear him ‘.A big baby!!!!! I know there are quit a few people in Greensboro are ready for the the old Democrat to retire Already.Goodby Skip,don’t let the door hit you in the backside.I remember a trip to Hawaii ,that was taken by Democrats several years ago. Go TRUMP ‘Four more years’.
Skip Alston will gladly use the tax payers money to go on a trip to Washington DC, but is too much of a Racist to hear what President Trump has to say at a speaking Event. This is just so typical of a radical democrat, their anti-american agenda just does not sit well with the Conservative Donald Trump. I live in Mr. Alstons district and I can promise you that I have never and never will vote for him. I have noticed that his campaign lawn signs are all over district one’s area, most on public property. Since this district is predominately Democrat, and predominately Minority, you’d think he would have his yard signs on private property. Skip is always looking for something free to benefit him at the taxpayers expense. I do give him credit for actually living in the neighborhood that he represents (unlike some members of his party in congress and the state legislature) even though his house is three times the size of any other house in his neighborhood, but that is irrelevant. Just find his snubbing and public comments offensive.
At lease ole skip and Biden have more in common.both are crooked and they made their money off the taxpayers…
I am a Libertarian. I was fortunate to actually meet Presidents Nixon, GW Bush, and Clinton. I wouldn’t pass up an opportunity to me the President, no matter who.
Furthermore, any citizen of this country should know that neither party is either always right, or always wrong.
“Can’t we all just get along?”
Retire Skip!!! You always have to be an outcast. I’m sure President Trump could care less to meet you also. You are a racist. You say you want Dumb Joe Biden to come here, you would. You always have to be an outcast! RETIRE! Go sell dogs, there probably not even all beef. idiot!!!!
Skip, Joe Biden doesn’t care at all about visiting NC . Barack was asked to come to NC to the sit in downtown during black history month and he declined “ that’s hilarious “ doesn’t that show all you Democrats what he thinks of you now “ nothing”