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Lathan Says Trump and Pence Will Make a Strong Team

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, July 15, the Alabama Republican Party released a statement supportive of Donald Trump’s announcement of Indiana Governor Mike Pence for his Vice President. Alabama Republican Party Chairman Terry Lathan said that the Republican ticket will be a strong team.

Chairman Lathan said, “There is no doubt that Donald Trump and Indiana Governor Mike Pence will be a strong team. Governor Pence’s experience in leading his state both in Congress and as governor, along with Mr. Trump’s commitment to upholding conservative values, will ensure an unstoppable ticket this November.”

Lathan continued, “During his time in office, Governor Pence spearheaded a 1.1 billion dollar tax cut- the largest in Indiana’s history. While in Congress, he was the House Conference Chairman, the third-highest position. With the economic and social crises our nation currently faces, this team will be a much needed powerhouse of Republican leadership. Donald Trump and Governor Pence will guide our country back in the right direction. We are excited to welcome Governor Pence in our quest to make America again.”

Anti-Trump delegates suffered a crushing defeat during the RNC’s Rules Committee meeting on Friday. The Trump supporters joined with Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus and squashed a proposed rule change that would have unbound all of the delegates at the convention.

Colorado Delegate Kendal Unruh has announced that she is suspending her dump Trump efforts after her proposal to “unbind” delegates from the candidates they were committed to by state primaries and caucuses could not even get the 28 votes needed to introduce it on the convention floor. It was crushed 87 to 12. She and her supporters continue to argue that the delegates are not bound; but her effort to pass a rule establishing that failed in the rules committee.

State Representative Ed Henry (R-Hartselle) represented Alabama on the Rules Committee. Henry said, “Rules committee is going very well. Even though we may disagree on issues the atmosphere is very cordial. Our priority is unity.”

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Laura Payne was Alabama’s other Rules Committee representative. She said on social media afterwards, “Work on the Rules Committee is done! Let’s Make America Great Again!”

The rules committee adjourned on Friday after 15 hours of debate on a variety of resolutions.

Afterwards Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said, “Our Rules Committee meeting made clear the high level of unity within our Party.”

Priebus said that, “Grassroots voices from every state and territory have crafted a set of rules which will keep our Party strong at the local, state, and national level, and we honored the spirit of democracy by conducting our Rules Committee meeting in a completely open and transparent fashion.”

The full convention starts on Monday.

(Original reporting by contributed to this report.)

Brandon Moseley is a former reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter.

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