by Andrew Crisp
After retiring from the Bell Company in 1988, Gordon Browning irked his wife by nursing a strong interest in politics.
"She's not here tonight," said Browning. "She wouldn't come to something like this. You should have seen her when I announced my candidacy for precinct commissioner."
Browning has run for other offices in the last three decades and, ever the politician, he arrived early that evening. Before 7 p.m. Tuesday evening, Browning worked the small Riverside Hotel crowd. As a precinct commissioner, Browning had strong opinions about the Republican primary, with polls closing later that evening.
Now Browning is facing a Ron Paul challenger for precinct commissioner, with Paul supporters accused of plans to subvert the GOP nomination process.
"I called him multiple times, and couldn't get a hold of him," said Browning of his challenger.
Clad in a dapper gray suit, the older gentleman talked with every candidate in the room as results rolled in later in the evening.