By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
The Alabama Alliance Against Abortions announced recently that it has endorsed Dr. Stan Cooke (R) for Lieutenant Governor in the Republican Primary on June 3, 2014.
Dr. Stan Cooke in a prepared statement said, “It is an honor to be endorsed by the Alabama Alliance Against Abortions. As a Christian, I take a strong stand against abortion and stress the importance of protecting the life of the unborn.”
Dr. Cooke said, “Over 57 Million unborn children have been aborted in the United States since 1973. This is a disgrace on our Nation. It is my belief that the sentence in the Declaration of Independence that declares “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” – is a right of the unborn as well.”
Abortion was illegal in the state of Alabama until the controversial Roe versus Wade U.S. Supreme Court decision stripped the peoples’ elected representatives of the power to prohibit abortions.
Stan Cooke said in a previous event that he has campaigned in most Alabama counties and both county party leaders and tea party groups both have been receptive to his message.
Cooke said that we have finally got a Republican majority, “But we can not go to Montgomery and act like the old Democratic Party has for years.” Cooke said that the Republican Super-majority must have the right motives. “The people of Alabama know when we have been told a lie,” so Republicans must remain true to their conservative values.
Cooke said there are several things we want to accomplish. There are parts of Alabama that are in desperate need of economic development. The Birmingham metro area has lost 120,000 production and manufacturing jobs over recent decades. The Wiregrass, the Blackbelt, and the Corridor between Anniston and Gadsden are other areas that have lost jobs. People are moving out of state to find employment because their native region is in decline.
On education, Cooke said, “For too long the liberal democrats have controlled the education agenda in this state. It is time for Christian conservatives to control the education agenda in Alabama. Cooke said that he supports defeating Common Core. “Common Core will hold this state back.”
Cooke said that he supports high education standards and criticized Alabama for not putting enough resources into education. Cooke said that the state needs a stronger Alabama Accountability Act. He said that it is not right to identify a school as failing and not devote the energy, time, money and effort in that school to keep it from failing.
Cooke is a pastor and businessman from Sumiton. Cooke ran unsuccessfully for Congress in the Sixth Congressional District against incumbent Spencer Bachus (R) from Vestavia in the 2010 Republican Primary.
Dr. Cooke is running against incumbent Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey (R) in the June 3rd Republican Primary. Ivey is the first Republican woman to hold the office.
The Republican Primary winner will face Democratic challenger former state Representative James Fields in the November election.