By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2017, the National Association of Realtors Political Action Committee (RPAC) announced their endorsement of appointed Sen. Luther Strange, R-Ala., in the Republican Runoff for U.S. Senate. The endorsement was made following a recommendation from the RPAC Committee.
“Alabama REALTORS® recognize Senator Strange for his demonstrated record of standing up for homeownership and private property rights, and look forward to his leadership on key real estate issues,” Jeremy Walker, CEO of the Alabama Association of Realtors, said in a statement.
“Senator Strange has been a leader in standing up for Alabama homeowners and our communities,” Mug Mullin, president of the Alabama Association of Realtors, said. “As Attorney General, Senator Strange fought back against government overreach that threatened to harm private property rights. REALTORS® look forward to continuing our strong relationship with Senator Strange.”
According to information shared by Strange’s campaign, the National Association of Realtors was founded in 1908 and is America’s largest trade association with approximately 1.1 million members including NAR’s five commercial real estate institutes and its societies and councils. Realtors are involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries and belong to one or more of some 1,400 local associations or boards, and 54 state and territory associations of Realtors.
The National Association of Realtors, is America’s largest trade association, representing more than 1.1 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries. RPAC is the Political Action Committee of the National Association of Realtors.
Strange has also been endorsed by the Business Council of Alabama (BCA), the Alabama Grocers Association, the Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc., the Home Builders Association of Alabama, the Alabama Rural Electric Association, the Alabama Farmers Federations (ALFA), and the League of Southeastern Credit Unions, and Affiliates.
Strange was Alabama’s attorney general from 2011 to earlier this year when then Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley appointed Strange to fill the Senate vacancy created when Jeff Sessions was appointed U.S. attorney general. In 2010, Strange challenged and defeated incumbent Attorney General Troy King in a Republican Primary. In 2006, Strange ran for lieutenant governor and lost to former Gov. Jim Folsom. Strange has spent much of his adult life working as an attorney and lobbyist. Strange is an alumnus of Tulane University, where he played college basketball and also earned his law degree. Strange was inducted into Tulane’s School of Law Hall of Fame. Strange and his wife, Melissa, have two sons and a grandson.
Strange faces former Alabama Chief Justice Moore who has led Strange in polls.
The winner of the Sept. 26 Republican Primary will face Clinton-era U.S. Attorney Doug Jones in the special general election on Dec. 12, 2017.