convention dispatch

Better Know a Delegate: Colonel Oscar Poole, Georgia

Colonel and the missus. Photo: Dan Amira/New York Magazine

What’s your name and where are you from?
Colonel Oscar Poole from East Ellijay, Georgia. That’s 75 miles north of Atlanta.

Are you an actual colonel?
I was in the Confederate air force. [laughs] I’m a Kentucky colonel. The same thing that Colonel Sanders was.

Do you like fried chicken?
As Colonel Sanders was to chicken, I am to barbecue. We have a restaurant in Georgia. 

What’s it called?
Colonel Poole’s — here’s my card right here — Colonel Poole’s Bar-B-Q

So explain your outfit here. 
I designed it, about twenty years ago, and wore it to all the conventions. This is my third national convention, and I’ve been to all the state conventions. 

It’s a very interesting color.
[Wife: Tell him why you did it!] Well, these are the colors of our business. 

So it’s like an advertisement. 
Yeah, I wore it to get attention. And I got yours! [laughs]

Better Know a Delegate: Colonel Oscar Poole