By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
Friday, October 30, the Marco Rubio for President Campaign announced that former Republican Party Chairman Bill Armistead and state Representative Will Ainsworth (R-Guntersville) will co-chair the US Senator from Florida’s Alabama campaign for the Republican Party’s Presidential nomination.
Former Alabama Republican Party Chairman Bill Armistead said “It is a great honor to be chosen by Senator Marco Rubio to co-chair his presidential campaign in Alabama. He is not only the future of the Republican Party but also the future of America. If you have seen the debates you know that he, better than anyone else, is the best candidate to debate and defeat Hillary. I encourage all conservatives to rally around Senator Rubio and together we will elect him as our next President. If you have an interest in serving as a delegate pledged to Senator Rubio to the Republican Convention (July 2016 in Cleveland, OH) please contact me. My email is [email protected].”
Representative Ainsworth said, “I’m excited and humbled to be Co-Chairing Alabama for Marco Rubio. If we continue to elect the leaders of yesterday, Washington will never change and that’s why I proudly support Marco Rubio. Marco’s plan for a New American Economy will create jobs and ensure that our country remains vibrant in the 21st Century.”
Chairman Armistead said, “Sen. Marco Rubio opposes new taxes and has a great pro-growth and pro-family tax plan that will stimulate the economy by becoming more business friendly in order to create more jobs.”
Senator Rubio said in a statement on Sunday, November 1, “On this International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church, I join with Christians around the world in praying for our persecuted brothers and sisters. Scripture tells us that when one part of the body suffers the entire body shares its suffering. When it comes to the Christian faithful, without question, the body is suffering.”
Rubio continued “From the underground house church in China where worshippers gather in fear of communist government persecution, to the displaced Iraqi and Syrian Christians wondering if they will ever return home to the cradle of Christianity, the Church internationally is under seige. From the imprisoned believer in Pakistan facing a possible death sentence for believing in God, to the starving Christian in a North Korean prison camp, churches around the world are increasingly under assault. Today I stand in solidarity with these suffering believers and thank God for the steadfast and unwavering faith of so many, young and old, in the midst of oppression, marginalization, kidnapping, imprisonment and even death. I pray that God would grant them courage and even hope in the midst of these trials.”
Bill Armistead was the Chairman of the Alabama Republican Party from 2011 to 2015.
Sen. Rubio faces a crowded Republican field. New York City businessman Donald Trump leads most polls by a wide margin, followed by surgeon and author Dr. Ben Carson. Texas Senator Ted Cruz, California businesswoman Carly Fiorina, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, Ohio Governor John Kasich, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, former New York Governor George Pataki, and former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore are all also running for the GOP nomination for President. Former Texas Governor Rick Perry and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker have both entered the race and elected to withdraw before the first votes were cast due to poor fundraising performances.
The Alabama Republican Party Primary is on March 1.