A Wichita man is spending the first week of the New Year campaigning in Iowa for presidential hopeful Texas Gov. Rick Perry.
Norris Guillot Jr. said Monday that he will spend the next two days doing what he can to get Iowans to support Perry, who is one of six Republicans vying for the party’s presidential nomination.
“When I found out my governor supports and endorses Rick Perry, that’s what made me say, I am endorsing, as a community activist, Rick Perry,” Guillot said Monday afternoon in a telephone interview.
Guillot, 33, said he works as a motivational speaker for his Wichita-based firm, the Man Behind the Voice. He also said part of his community activism has included working as a volunteer on the campaigns of Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback and U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo, which he said led to his selection as a campaign surrogate for Perry at the 2012 Iowa Caucus.
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He said he received some training to work as a surrogate, primarily consisting of learning key talking points and “sticking to the script, describing what he’s about.”
Monday was an 11-hour day for Guillot, starting with making phone calls to Iowans, urging them to support Perry in Tuesday’s caucus. Later he went door-to-door in Sioux City to encourage people to vote for Perry. He ended Monday by visiting several restaurants in the evening, talking to diners about Perry’s platform.
On Tuesday, Guillot said, he would be speaking at two junior high schools in Council Bluffs.
Guillot said he’s the only Wichitan that he knows of working as a surrogate to Perry. He’s met other surrogates from states including California and New York.
“I’m just grateful to be here as a Kansas representative,” he said.