By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
Alabama Attorney General Strange addressed the St. Clair County Republican Party on Thursday, October 24 in the Moody City Hall.
Attorney General Luther Strange said that he really loved his job because every day he gets to go to work and fight the Obama Administration. Strange said they are suing them everyday: on Obamacare, religious liberty, Dodd Frank, they won the Shelby County case. “Conservative attorney generals are out last line of defense.” Strange said that they need to get power back to the people and the states, Strange said that the Founders saw this when they wrote the Constitution.
Strange said, “The train wreck in Washington is not going to get better unless we elect ten more Republican Senators.”
Strange said that he is glad to be back in St. Clair County where his grandparents were from.
Strange said that the difference between success and failure is the type of leadership you have. Strange praised St. Clair County for electing Republicans and said that the County is a model for the rest of the state.
Strange introduced Brooklyn Roberts who is his campaign manager. Strange also thanked his many friends in the room including Mike Fricker his St. Clair County re-election chairman.
Strange said that he was seeking re-election himself and that “I will do everything I can to help Republican candidates.” Strange said that he liked working with the Governor Robert Bentley (R).
St. Clair County Republican Party Chairman Lance Bell said, “We are turning into a Republican state.” Bell said that he had recently attended a meeting of the Republican County Party Chairs and they all were announcing offices that they had picked up over the last election cycle. Bell had no pickups to announce because the St. Clair County Republican Party already had every political office in St. Clair County.
Chairman Bell said that the County was lucky to have a visit from Governor Bentley on September 5th. Bell praised the Governor for his demeanor, saying that talking with Gov. Bentley is like talking with your grandfather.
Bell announced that there will be a November 1 retirement reception at Red Diamond’s corporate headquarters in Moody for retiring Circuit Judge Jim Hill (R) and encouraged everyone to come out to the event. The Chairman congratulated County Attorney Bill Weathington (R) from Moody for his appointment by Gov. Bentley to be the new Circuit Judge.
Republican political insiders have told ‘The Alabama Political Reporter’ that Republicans are hopeful that Judge Hill will consider running for Alabama House District 50. Current state Representative Jim McClendon (R) is vacating the seat to pursue the District 11 Senate seat representing: St. Clair, Shelby, and Talladega Counties currently held by state Senator Jerry Fielding (R) from Sylacauga.
Chairman Bell said that the St. Clair County Republican Party was going to limit their correspondence to active dues paying members, “We have got people on the email list that have not paid their dues in 4, 5, or 6 years and we are going to purge that list.” Bell said that people who have moved away from the county are still appearing on the list and urged all the members to give the Party their current address, phone number, and email and to pay their dues if they have not.
Candidate for Lieutenant Governor Stan Cooke (R) also addressed the Party, as did state representatives Jim McClendon (R) and Mack Butler (R).