By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
Monday, June 9 former candidate Will Brooke (R) endorsed former opponent Gary Palmer (R) in Alabama’s Sixth District Congressional race.
The Harbert Management executive said, “Gary Palmer is the best choice for the citizens of the 6th Congressional district. For most of his career, Gary has focused on developing conservative plans to revitalize and improve our state and has never held elected office.”
Palmer and Brooke have known each other for decades and worked together when Palmer led the Alabama Policy Institute (API).
Brooke said, “The two most important reasons that I support Gary Palmer is his commitment to term limits – this is not a lifetime appointment – and his advocacy of a robust economic development program for the 6th district. These fundamental and important things allow me to vigorously and without reservation endorse Gary Palmer to be the next Congressman for the 6th Congressional district of Alabama.”
Gary Palmer said, “I’m honored to have the endorsement of Will Brooke. He is a dear friend and we hold the same beliefs and values.”
In Monday’s statement and throughout his campaign, Palmer has focused on developing our energy sector to create tens of thousands of new jobs by government lifting unnecessary burdens on oil, coal, and natural gas development.
Palmer said, “We have enormous energy resources with trillions of barrels of oil, trillions of cubic feet of natural gas and enough coal to last for over 400 years. These are resources that could drive economic growth for the next decade that the Obama Administration refuses to use.”
Palmer has never held an elected office, but he has spent 24 years leading the Alabama Policy Institute (API), a research and education organization dedicated to identifying, developing and promoting sound public policies that emphasize a limited government, free markets, the rule of law and strong families. Palmer said that this experience has uniquely prepared and equipped him to serve Alabama’s Sixth District in Congress.
Palmer’s Republican Primary Runoff election opponent is state Representative Paul DeMarco (R) from Homewood.
The Republican Primary Runoff will be held on July 15.
The winner will have to face Democrat Avery Vise in the November 4th General Election. The Sixth District is one of the staunchest Republican Districts in the country. It is currently represented by longtime incumbent Rep. Spencer Bachus (R) from Vestavia. Bachus is retiring after the end of this term, his eleventh.