Second Lt. Jonathon Paton is definitely not General George S. Patton on the battlefield but he certainly knows how to command an audience.
Tuesday night many of Paton’s associates, supporters and closest friends joined him for a very warm reception hosted by Stan Barne’s Copper State Consulting in central Phoenix. It was a well deserved reception for Lieutenant Paton who returned home last week from a six month tour in Iraq. Those attending read like a who’s who in current elected officials including Speaker of the House Jim Weiers, Senators Linda Gray, Pamela Gorman, Jim Waring, Representatives Kirk Adams, Nancy Barto, Olivia Cajero Bedford, Marian McClure, Andy Tobin, Lucy Mason, Jennifer Burns, Nancy McLain, John McComish, Eddie Farnsworth and Arizona Corporation Commissioners, Gary Pierce and Jeff Hatch-Miller. I’m sure I missed several as the crowd flowed more than ebbed.
I was fortunate enough to steal a few minutes of Jonathan’s time as I congratulated him on winning reelection and most important, returning home safe and sound. He looked well and certainly a few pounds lighter but tougher.
Anyone who attended the event walked away proud of this soldier and with a stronger sense of comittment to winning this war and leaving the Iraqi people in control of their own destiny despite all the negative news.
Congratulations and blessed homecoming to our soldier-legislator, 2nd Lieutenant, Jonathan Paton. You make us proud.