By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
On Tuesday, July 14, the Alabama Republican Party announced that popular GOP Presidential Primary Candidate, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R) will be the speaker at the Party’s Summer Luncheon on August 22 and the Talladega Motor Speedway.
The Alabama Republican Party said in a statement, “Twice a year the Alabama Republican Party gathers for a reception and meal followed by a meeting of the Alabama Republican Party State Executive Committee. The biannual events regularly attract up to 1,000 guests coming together from across the state to celebrate and showcase the accomplishments of the Republican Party. This summer the Party will be hosting its luncheon in Talladega, Alabama on Saturday, August 22, 2015.”
ALGOP announced, “The Alabama Republican Party is excited to announce Governor Scott Walker (R-WI) will be the guest speaker for the luncheon. Governor Walker is known for his record of bold conservative reforms in Wisconsin and consistently polls in the top tier of possible Republican presidential nominees.”
The ticketed event will begin with a general reception at 10:30 am followed by the lunch at 11:30 am. The biannual meeting of the Executive Committee will begin at 1:30 pm and is open to the public.
Chairman Terry Lathan said in a statement on Facebook, “3…2…1 Welcome Gov. Scott Walker to the ALGOP 2016 Summer luncheon on August 22 at the Talladega Superspeedway. Tickets at www.algop.org Y’all come! Race to 2016 just warming up.”
Governor Walker announced his presidential candidacy this week.
Gov. Walker wrote to potential supporters: “Our nation doesn’t want — and can’t afford — four more years … or eight more years … of the same old stale liberal ideas from another D.C. Insider … the same policies that have inflicted untold damage on our country.”
The Conservative Wisconsin Governor wrote, “Here is my record: For four years, our Administration has brought bold, sweeping conservative change to Wisconsin and by nearly every measure, things are better than ever. Whether it is our economy, job creation, business start-ups, tax and regulatory relief, or school performance, we are living proof that conservatism works every time.”
Gov. Walker said, “After we won the election in 2010 and curbed collective bargaining for public employees, my political enemies launched an ugly recall race against me in 2012. With help from committed conservatives from every single state, we won that race and then won an equally tough re-election race in 2014. That’s three victories in four years, despite the might, muscle, manpower, and money of the Liberal Democrats. There is not a speck of doubt in my mind that with your help, friend, I will earn the Republican Party nomination and I WILL defeat Hillary Clinton or whomever the Democrats nominate.”
Former Alabama Republican Party Chairman Bill Armistead was at Gov. Walker’s announcement. Chairman Armistead said on Facebook that he is recruiting volunteers for Walker’s Alabama team. “If you would like to be involved in Gov. Walker’s winning Presidential campaign in Alabama please message me on Facebook. A great team is coming together in Alabama for Gov. Walker. This is one campaign you will not forget!”
Armistead is a former state Senator who was twice elected by the Alabama Republican Party as Chairman despite stiff competition.
The SEC Primary makes Alabama an important state for any Presidential candidate who looks to go far into the primary season. Already former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum and Dr. Ben Carson have both visited the State in recent weeks. Democratic Party Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders (I from Vermont) was in the State over the weekend making his case for moving the Nation in a more Socialist direction. Texas Senator Ted Cruz will also be in the State in August speaking in Tuscaloosa at the annual Lincoln-Reagan Dinner at The Zone in Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa on Tuesday, August 25.