OWENS CROSS ROADS— The Alabama Tea Party Express has announced its endorsement of Ritchie Whorton for State House District 22.
The group, which tends to represent the most conservative of Alabama voters, made their endorsement earlier this week. The Alabama Tea Party Express advocates for its core principles of “limited government, fiscal restraint, personal responsibility, and governing with virtue and accountability.”
“I am honored to have the endorsement of such a well-respected group,” Whorton stated. “Personally, I have admired the Alabama Tea Party Express since they began their determined fight against the liberal Washington agenda, such as Obamacare.”
Citing his years of support for conservative issues and his status as a life-long Republican, Whorton said that he was both appreciative and unsurprised by the endorsement of the Alabama Tea Party Express.
“I think the Alabama Tea Party Express had a simple choice in making this endorsement. My opponent has fit right in with the Montgomery political bosses who do not care about real ethics legislation or fiscal restraint. On the other hand, I have a lifetime of advocating for conservative causes, work daily as a small businessman in construction, and have never taken money from special interest groups in Montgomery.”
“This endorsement goes to show that even though I don’t have the backing of the Montgomery power crowd, when it comes to candidates for State House District 22, I am the conservative candidate with the greatest amount of local, grassroots support.”
Along with advocating for conservative principles in the state legislature, Ritchie Whorton has also made open, honest government a key issue for his campaign.
According to their most recent campaign finance report, Whorton had not taken any money from Montgomery special interests while also managing to significantly out-raise his incumbent opponent. In all, Whorton raised $15,850 coming almost entirely from money raised with Madison and Jackson counties. His opponent, incumbent Wayne Johnson, only raised $1,800 with $1,500 coming from a Montgomery political action committee.
“People in Madison and Jackson counties do not want a legislator who will only care about what’s good for a few people in Montgomery. They want a representative who will listen to their concerns and fight for them in the state legislature. That’s the type of representative I pledge to be if I am blessed enough to serve.”
Whorton is a candidate in the Republican Primary to be held on Tuesday, June 3, 2014.