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Republicans hold summer dinner in Tuscaloosa

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Republican Chairwoman Terry Lathan delivers remarks at the ALGOP summer dinner in Tuscaloosa. (via ALGOP)

Friday, the Alabama Republican Party held their annual Summer Dinner at the Bryant Center in Tuscaloosa.

Alabama Republican Party Chairman Terry Lathan said that it has been 25 years since the Alabama Republican Party has held one of bi-annual meetings in Tuscaloosa.

“I can not be prouder or more humble to represent you, both on the Republican National Committee, and every day here in the state of Alabama.”

“The most important thing facing us in the United States Senate is the confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court,” U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Alabama) said. “The stakes are high, the stakes are for the future soul of the country.”

“The Democrats are going to do everything to stop us, first they are going to try to slow us,” Shelby continued. “I think this is going to get done. Even some of our Democratic friends, I think, are going to vote for him.”

Chairman Lathan said that she is honored to welcome the youngest speakers to ever speak to our party as well as the first African American woman to every address our group.

Charlie Kirk and Candace Owens were the keynote speakers on Saturday.

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“I would like to lead the Black revolution against the Democratic Party,” Candice Owens said. “Black approval for this President is now 34 percent.”

Miss Owens said that Charlie and I tour college campuses and say, I believe in free markets and capitalism and the left goes nuts.

“I have had White Liberals call Candace a White Supremacist and say that she does not understand what it is like to be a Black person in America,” Charlie Kirk said. “These activists are programmed to oppose everything that Candace says.”

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Kirk said that he was from Illinois, “We have term limits in Illinois, serve one term in office and go straight to prison. You think we are kidding; but we have more former governors in prison than not in prison.”

Owens and Kirk are with Turning Point USA.

“We are on 1300 college campuses across the country,” Kirk said, “When I found Candice, I met someone who is a lot better at this than I ever will be. I can go home and retire.”

Owens said that Black People are Democrats because, “It is something that is actively taught to us in high school.”

“Show me a Black person and I will show you a person who is a conservative and does not know it,” Owens said. “When Donald Trump announced he was running for President, while I did not necessarily think that he was the best candidate I did not think he was a racist.”

“The moment he said that he was running for President he was a racist,” Owens said. “I realized then that racism was being used to turn Black voters in to single issue voters.”

Owens responded by making a U-tube video to announce to the world that she was a conservative. It got 29 million views worldwide.

“CNN was trying to tell me that the KKK was alive and well,” Owens said. “That was insulting to my Grandfather who was alive when that was a real threat.”

“Families have been torn apart by Democratic policies,” Owens said. “When you break down the family, when Mom and Dad are not in the home who is going to tell you what is right and wrong and that is big culture.”

Kirk said that the left is rooted in telling people that there is an oppressor and the oppressed. “It is so screwed up that you have to have a doctorate to believe some of this stuff.”

Kirk said that he has had college students tell them that they are oppressed, “You go to Stanford, stop telling me that you are oppressed.”

The Democrats are not the Democrats of 30 or 40 years ago. “They are the party of Carl Marx,” Kirk said.

“There are two types of Democrats: they are evil or they are ignorant,” Owens said. “The evil Democrats have actually created this far left progressive rhetoric.”

“I don’t think Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi really want to live in this socialist Marxist country, they just want to be in the ruling class,” Kirk said.

Owens said that the White liberals are racists. “If you don’t think they are racists tell them that you are a conservative.”

Owens said that she is working on a project titled, ‘Left-It the story of the Black Exodus from the Democratic Party,’ “This is very much happening,” Owens said. “This is very real. When it happens it will be the greatest honor of my life.”

“Blacks vote 95 percent for the Democratic Party; but it is Democratic policies that have destroyed the Black community,” Kirk said.

Owens said that President Trump has delivered the lowest unemployment ever for Black people and the lowest unemployment ever for women.

“The most important battle in this country is the battle for the school system,” Owens said.

Kirk said that on campus, “What we hear most is we have never heard this before.”

“We say that there are only two genders.” Kirk said. “You have got XX chromosome and XY chromosomes, and that is it.” The left goes nuts. They start arguing whether there are 68 genders, 72, or 84. “We believe that you can not create your own version of truth

“Once they are exposed to these ideas students gravitate to us,” Kirk said.

“If we can live,” Owens retorted.

They then told about an incident where they were nearly assaulted in a Philadelphia coffee house at 8:30 in the morning by black-uniformed ANTIFA member who had not showered in over a month. 25 people were protesting us eating breakfast throwing things at the windows. They had to call the police to get safely out of the building.

“A Black conservative woman was accosted by a White gang calling her a White supremacist and being defended by an all Black police force, whom they called race traitors,” Kirk said.

Owens said that she told them, “You realize that you are all White right?”

“I ask (students) how many people think America is more racist that it was sixty years ago and hands go up and I know then that we are living on Mars,” Owens said. “We are tremendously optimistic with what we have accomplished in the last nine months. We are never going to give up until we can guarantee the future of all Americans.”

“George Soros is the one funding Black Lives Matter and all of the social unrest in this country,” Owens said.

Kirk said, “Some people just like to watch the world burn and that describes George Soros.”

Kirk said that to turn the country around conservatives need to run for every school board seat in America.

“You don’t have to give your charitable dollars to your alma mater,” Kirk said.

“That is no longer the school that you once attended,” Owens said.

$100 billion in philanthropic dollars was given to colleges in the last decade and 85 percent of that comes from registered Republicans. Give that money to conservative efforts instead Kirk said.

Owens said that the Left has embraced atheism because They want to take away that fundamental structure of God, they want to replace it with Government.

“We say there is a God and we get boos,” Kirk said.

At the end of their lecture to the 650 Republicans in attendance, Chairman Lathan presented both Owens and Kirk with American flag-themed quilts.

The Platinum Sponsors for the event were: U.S. Senator Richard Shelby, Alabama Power, Congressman Mike Rogers (R-Saks), and the Alabama Association for Justice.

Gold Sponsors of the event included: National Cement, Paul Thibado, Congressman Robert Aderholt (R-Haleyville), ALFA, Xtreme Concepts, NUCOR Steel, and Supreme Court Justice Tom Parker.

The Alabama Republican Party Executive Committee held their Summer Meeting on Saturday.

Brandon Moseley is a senior reporter with eight and a half years at Alabama Political Reporter. You can email him at [email protected] or follow him on Facebook. Brandon is a native of Moody, Alabama, a graduate of Auburn University, and a seventh generation Alabamian.

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Former UA president Judy Bonner endorses Jeff Sessions

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GOP Senate candidate Jeff Sessions.

Former University of Alabama President Judy Bonner has penned a letter endorsing Jeff Sessions in the race for U.S. Senate.

“During his 20 years in the Senate, Jeff worked side-by-side with our senior senator, Richard Shelby, always fighting for Alabama values and looking after Alabamians. I’m sure Senator Shelby would agree that no finer person has ever served in the U.S. Senate than Jeff Sessions. Jeff is a man with the highest degree of integrity, character and honesty. Together, they made an impressive team for our state and can do so again,” Bonner said. 

“When Hurricanes Ivan and Katrina hit Alabama in 2004 and 2005, Jeff and his wife, Mary, were literally passing water bottles out in Bayou La Batre and helping provide food and shelter to those affected throughout South Alabama. And when the Deepwater Horizon oil spill occurred in 2010, Senator Sessions, Senator Shelby and my brother, Jo, were keeping the pressure on Ken Feinberg and BP to make sure our state was compensated,” Bonner said. 

“While in the Senate, Jeff visited every county – all 67 – at least once a year. Like Senator Shelby, he knows Alabama like the back of his hand. And when our people have needed their senator to help them cut through the bureaucracy at the VA, Social Security or one of the many other federal agencies, Senator Sessions and his team were always there for us. He knows how to represent Alabama in Washington – and serve all of us – because he has been a servant leader his entire life,” Bonner wrote.

Bonner pointed to Sessions’s ability to deliver results for Alabama immediately.

“Another important point to consider is there will come a day when Senator Shelby decides to retire. Do we want our next senior senator to have more than 20-years-experience and seniority or do we want someone who is still learning his way around the Capitol?” Bonner asked. 

Bonner concluded her letter with this note about Jeff Sessions:

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“He is Alabama through and through. I hope you will consider giving him your support and trust as well. He has never let Alabama down and he never will.”

 

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Perry Hooper endorses Tuberville

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Former State Rep. Perry Hooper Jr., Trump National Victory committee member, formally endorsed former Auburn head football coach Tommy Tuberville for U.S. Senate on Thursday.

“I have known Coach Tommy Tuberville since he first arrived at Auburn in 1999,” Hooper said. “Since day one when I went to watch my sons practice football, he was always talking to me about Republican Party Politics. I knew it was in his blood. Little did I know at the time, I would be joining the President in supporting him for the United States Senate.”

“Coaching football is more about leadership than X’s and O’s,” Hooper continued. “Tommy’s leadership abilities were the first thing that impressed me when we first met. He has been places recruiting that few people running for office have. He has been in some of the poorest neighborhoods in the country, convincing Mommas how he was going to help mold their 17 years old sons into men. He really cares about everyday people and what is best for our neighborhoods and schools. He has been a great teacher of life lessons as well as an outstanding football coach. He brought in former Auburn Linebacker Chette Williams to serve as the Auburn football team chaplain. He is a dedicated Christian and dedicated to his family which includes his former players. This is what this country needs now – leaders not career politicians.”

“Tommy Tuberville is a principled, free market conservative who has the support of President Trump and has put together a great campaign to defeat Doug Jones,” said David McIntosh, president of the Club for Growth PAC “President Trump’s endorsement is by far the most important endorsement a candidate can earn for a Republican Primary, and we are glad to join President Trump in supporting Tommy Tuberville.”

Club for Growth PAC has been strongly supporting Tommy Tuberville for Senate and Barry Moore and Bill Hightower in the Second and First Congressional Districts.

During these turbulent times, the President needs Tommy Tuberville on his team.,” Hooper said. “As the President stated in his endorsement “Tommy Tuberville loves his country and will never let it down”. He is 100 % behind the President and the Trump Agenda. He could easily have retired after his long successful football career, but there is one more chapter in his life – serving in the US Senate. He has been a winner on and off the football field; as Senator he will be a big win for America and Alabama.”

Hooper is a member of the Alabama Republican Executive Committee and a strong supporter of Auburn University athletics.

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Tuberville faces former U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions on Tuesday, July 14, in the Republican primary runoff. The winner of the Republican nomination will face incumbent Sen. Doug Jones, D-Alabama, in the Nov. 3 general election.

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Moore, Coleman campaigns spar after Roby endorses Coleman

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Barry Moore, left, and Jeff Coleman, right, are in the Republican runoff in the 2nd Congressional District.

Incumbent Congresswoman Martha Roby on Thursday endorsed Dothan businessman Jeff Coleman in Tuesday’s Republican primary runoff. Barry Moore, who challenged Roby’s re-election in the 2018 Republican primary, dismissed the endorsement.

“I fully support Jeff Coleman to be our next Congressman,” Roby said in a statement. “Jeff Coleman is a businessman who supports cutting government regulation and lowering taxes to help grow a strong economy. Jeff strongly supports our men and women serving in uniform, as well as our veterans. The Second District needs someone who will support our interests right here in southeast Alabama, particularly our farmers. Jeff will do just that. He’ll get results for Alabama.”

Former State Rep. Barry Moore (R-Enterprise) said in a statement: “While we appreciate Martha’s service, let’s remember that she has been part of the establishment in Washington for a long time–the same swamp President Trump has been trying to drain. The people of District 2 will always remember that Martha Roby turned her back on Donald Trump when he needed us most. She was the first member of Congress to draft a letter asking him to drop out of the Presidential race. That is something that we will never forget. President Trump needs our support. Can we really trust Roby/Coleman for that?”

“I am proud to be endorsed by The House Freedom Fund, the PAC of the House Freedom Caucus,” Moore continued. “The members of the Freedom Caucus are considered the President’s closest advisors in the House and they have been leading the conservative fight in Congress. The voter’s choice is the same old swamp with Coleman or Barry Moore, who is supported by the most Conservative group in Congress. I look forward to representing the people of District 2 and I am thankful for their support.”

The Coleman campaign responded to Moore’s response.

Coleman campaign manager Dalton Dismukes said, “Mr. Moore cites Representative Roby’s service as “she has been part of the establishment in Washington for a long time” as she served five terms. This is interesting because in the Tuesday WTVY Debate, Mr. Moore, when pressed about his support of term limits and how long he would stay went on to say he would serve “maybe 10 years–five terms” Just seems hypocritical and inconsistent.”

“Mr. Moore also cites Rep. Roby’s past with President Trump saying Rep. Roby was part of, “The same swamp President Trump has been trying to drain.” But he didn’t mention that President Trump actually endorsed Rep. Roby in 2018 when he tweeted, “I fully endorse Martha for Alabama 2nd Congressional District!,” Dismukes added. “Lastly, and arguably most importantly, Mr. Moore is quoted as saying, “The people of District 2 will always remember when Martha Roby turned her back on Donald Trump when he needed us most.” Yet he is proud to be endorsed by Club for Growth who spent $7,000,000 against Trump the very same year and the very same election.”

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Club for Growth PAC is supporting Moore as well as Senate candidate Tommy Tuberville and First Congressional candidate Bill Hightower in Tuesday’s Republican primary runoff.

Coleman has been endorsed by the Business Council of Alabama, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the Alabama Farmer’s Federation.

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Congresswoman Martha Roby endorses Jeff Coleman

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Congresswoman Martha Roby endorsed Jeff Coleman for Congress Thursday. “I fully support Jeff Coleman to be our next Congressman,” Roby said. “Jeff Coleman is a businessman who supports cutting government regulation and lowering taxes to help grow a strong economy. Jeff strongly supports our men and women serving in uniform, as well as our veterans.”

She continued, “The Second District needs someone who will support our interests right here in southeast Alabama, particularly our farmers. Jeff will do just that. He’ll get results for Alabama.”

“I am humbled and honored to receive this strong endorsement from Representative Roby. She has been a staunch supporter of our military men and women, as well as our farmers. I am looking forward to continuing her legacy of fighting for our conservative Alabama values, protecting the family farm, and fighting to ensure our veterans and active-duty personnel have all the resources they need,” Coleman said of the endorsement.

Coleman has now been endorsed by 10 mayors, multiple business associations in the state, the U.S. Chamber, and Roby. Coleman finished the Republican Primary on March 3 with 38 percent of the vote — 18 points ahead of his closest challenger.

Coleman has never run for public office and touts a 35-year successful business career.

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