Friday, Vice President Mike Pence (R) endorsed U.S. Representative Martha Roby (R-Montgomery) in her campaign for re-election in Alabama’s Second Congressional District.
Pence released a statement on social media:
“President Trump and I support Martha Roby – a strong supporter of tax cuts & President Trump’s pro-growth, America First agenda!,” Vice-President Pence said. “Get out Tuesday and support Team Roby.”
Representative Roby expressed her gratitude to the Vice President for his endorsement and reaffirmed her commitment to their shared conservative agenda:
“I am very grateful to Vice President Pence for his support in my campaign for reelection in Alabama’s Second District,” Roby said. “I was fortunate to serve with the Vice President in the House, and I am proud to call him a friend. I deeply appreciate his endorsement, and I am eager to continue working with the Administration in the fight for our shared conservative priorities.”
The Pence endorsement follows an endorsement of Roby by President Donald J. Trump (R).
“Congresswoman Martha Roby of Alabama has been a consistent and reliable vote for our Make America Great Again Agenda,” Pres. Trump said on Twitter. “She is in a Republican Primary run-off against a recent Nancy Pelosi voting Democrat. I fully endorse Martha for Alabama 2nd Congressional District!”
“I spoke to President Trump this morning and thanked him for his endorsement in my primary runoff on July 17.” U.S. Representative Roby said at the time. “As I’ve said many times, my voting record on behalf of the people of Alabama’s Second District reflects my commitment to a shared conservative agenda with this administration. I’ve enjoyed a positive working relationship with the White House and Republicans in Congress as we fight together to get our conservative priorities over the finish line for the American people.”
Martha Roby is an attorney and a former Montgomery city councilwoman. In 2010 she unseated then incumbent Congressman Bobby Bright (D-Montgomery) in the general election. Bright has switched parties and is challenging Roby in the GOP primary.
Three ultra-conservative candidates did not make the runoff. The conservative voters who supported Barry Moore, Rich Hobson, or Tommy Amason in the GOP primary will likely decide the Republican Runoff on July 17.
Roby recently told the Alabama Political Reporter that she is the conservative in this race and asked voters to look at her voting record in Congress and to compare it to Bright’s voting record in Congress.
Bright for his part is emphasizing his support for Pres. Trump’s agenda.
“I support President Trump and his “America First” agenda,” Bright stated. “I always will. He can count on me to be his partner to build the Wall, promote peace through strength, and work for prosperity for all. The Bright Campaign is strong. We will continue listening to the people and promoting our conservative message. This election is about the people, not the powerful.”
“I know the people of the Second District,” Bright said. “They are conservative, independent, and patriotic. On June 5th, 61% of the voters rejected Martha Roby: Some because she is beholden to the Establishment in D.C., some because she isn’t visible in the District, and some because she gave up critical seats on the House Armed Services and House Agriculture Committees. Many others rejected her because she denounced President Trump just before his election in 2016.”
Bright is a former Mayor of Montgomery. He was elected to Congress in 2008.
The eventual winner of the July 17 runoff will face Tabitha Isner (D) on November 6.
Remember that the major party primaries are on Tuesday. Polls will open at 7:00 am and close at 7:00 pm.
You must bring a valid photo ID to participate in an Alabama election. Remember that Alabama’s crossover voting law is in effect and you can not vote in a party runoff different that the party primary in which you voted in June.