By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
The Chairmen and Executive Directors of ten southern states are meeting on Tuesday in the Birmingham/Hoover area. The Alabama Republican Party announced that the group are having discussions on strategies to maintain control of the US House of Representatives and take back the U.S. Senate in the 2014 election.
Alabama Republican Party Chairman Bill Armistead said,
“State Party leaders from several states with targeted US Senate races will be joining us in Birmingham and the topics of discussion will include beating Democrat Senators in Republican states. Senator Mary Landrieu from Louisiana, Senator Mark Pryor from Arkansas and Senator Kay Hagan from North Carolina are all on our radar and we plan to work as a team to come up with strategies to defeat these Senators in 2014 and return sanity to the US Senate. “
Chairman Armistead continued,
“Under Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, the US Senate has continued to pursue policies that run against southern values. Senators Landrieu, Pryor and Hagan have been instrumental in passing Obamacare, gun control and tax increases on citizens as all levels of the economic spectrum. We have an outstanding chance to replace them with conservative Republicans in 2014…Southern states have a chance to pick up half on the seats needed to regain the US Senate in 2014 and we plan to do all that we can to make that happen.”
The Republican Party needs six additional seats to gain control of the Senate.
This is the first time that the Republican National Committee has held a regional state Chairmen’s meeting. Chairman Armistead said that other topics that the group is discussing include best practices for state parties to operate more efficiently as well as electing more Republicans to office on a state and local level. Chairman Armistead said,
“Our 2014 plan here in Alabama consists of retaining all statewide offices and solidifying our majority in the legislature. In addition, we will be targeting Democrat Sheriffs in selected counties. Working together with my counterparts in other Southern States should prove to be beneficial to all.”
The South has become a Republican stronghold. Alabama Republicans control every state wide elected position including, Governor, Lt Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, Auditor, the three Public Service Commission spots, all of the state Supreme Court seats, and all the Appeals Court Judges.
Republicans also hold both Alabama U.S. Senate seats, six of the seven Congressional Seats, and commanding super majorities in both Houses of the Alabama state legislature.