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Roby reports strong financial position going into next year’s election

Brandon Moseley

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Congresswoman Martha Roby, R-Montgomery, reports solid fundraising numbers and does not have an opponent in sight as the 2020 election cycle is drawing near.

The situation was much more dire coming into the 2018 election. Roby looked then like the most vulnerable member of Alabama’s congressional delegation. Her denunciation of President Donald Trump in the 2016 election for sexist comments on a video almost a decade earlier had earned her the wrath of Trump supporters. Conservatives like former Roy Moore campaign manager Rich Hobson, Tommy Amason and former State Rep. Barry Moore, R-Enterprise, were challenging Roby in the GOP Primary.

She was also facing a challenge from her predecessor, former Congressman and Montgomery Mayor Bobby Bright, who had switched to the Republican Party and was challenging her for GOP moderates in the Republican Primary. Roby had narrowly unseated Bright, then a conservative Democrat, in the 2010 General Election.

In the 2018 election cycle, a revitalized Democratic Party had scoured the map to find vulnerable Republican House seats so they could retake control of the House of Representatives. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee was targeting Roby’s seat as a possible Democratic pickup. Two Democrats, Tabitha Isner and Audri Scott Williams, were campaigning to take Roby’s place in Congress.

Roby’s fourth term in Congress was undoubtedly her most challenging. Roby mended fences with the Trump White House and appealed to Right to Life and conservative groups in Washington as well as to the Alabama Farmer’s Federation and Business Council of Alabama for help. In the five-way primary, the three conservative challengers failed to make the Republican runoff. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence then endorsed Roby over Bright. Roby went on to decisively beat Bright in the runoff and Isner in the general election.

Roby reported receipts of $216,272.50 in the first half of this year. She reported expenditures of $138,794.85, leaving her with a cash balance of $419,160.66 coming into July.

Roby reported $216,272.50 in total contributions. Roby received $53,775 in contributions from individuals and $161,500 from committees’ contributions.

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Roby has received no money from Republican Party committees as the party does not get involved in Republican primaries.

Martha Roby has 41 itemized contributions from individuals ranging in size from $2,800 to $250. 29 are from out of state, and 12 are from Alabama. Charles Schwab from San Francisco, California has made two $2,800 contributions to Roby’s campaign. Schwab is the Chairman of the Charles Schwab Corporation. Randy Kendrick of Paradise Valley, Arizona has made two $2,800 contributions to Roby. Kendrick is the managing partner of the Arizona Diamondbacks, a Major League Baseball team. Earl Kendrick of Paradise Valley, Arizona has made two $2,800 contributions to Roby. Kendrick is a part-owner of the Diamondbacks baseball team. Ray Hunt of Dallas, Texas has made two $2,800 contribution to Roby. Hunt is an executive with Hunt Consolidated. Joseph Gibson of Washington D.C. has made a $2,800 and a $2,200 contribution to Roby. Gibson is an executive with the Gibson Group.

Roby has received 84 contributions from other committees ranging in size from $5,000 to $500. The largest of these are: the Protective Life Corporation Federal PAC – $5,000, Delloitte PAC – $5000, The Caterpillar Inc. PAC – $5,000, American Bankers Association PAC – $5,000, Value in Electing Women PAC – $5,000, United Parcel Service Inc. PAC – $5,000, International Paper PAC – $5,000, E-PAC – $5,000, L3Harris Technologies Inc. PAC – $3,000, and Comcast Corporation & NBCUniversal PAC – $3,000.

Roby’s campaign made no loans. The campaign reported $997.50 in offsets to operating expenses.

There is no Democratic or Republican challenger who has filed papers with the Federal Elections Committee. Isner is running for chairwoman of the Alabama Democratic Party. Rich Hobson is now working as the administrative director of the Alabama Court System.

The Alabama Political Reporter is not getting any of the flow of attacks on Roby from Democratic Congressional groups that we were getting in the 2018 election cycle.

Republicans gained control of the Second Congressional District in 1964, with the election of William Dickinson who held the seat for 14 terms. Republican Terry Everett held the seat for eight terms. When he retired, Bright defeated state Rep. Jay Love for the open seat. Roby defeated Bright in 2010.

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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Gary Bauer endorses Hightower for Congress

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Congressional candidate Bill Hightower’s campaign announced Wednesday that he has received the endorsement of national social conservative leader Gary Bauer.

“I am proud to endorse Bill Hightower for Congress,” Bauer said. “Bill is a man of God who is an unapologetic voice for faith, family and freedom. He has worked to defend the unborn both in public and private life for 40 years and there has been no stronger advocate for protecting our religious liberties.”

“Bill Hightower has a proven pro-family, pro-life record that the voters of south Alabama can count on,” Bauer said. “As their congressman, I know Bill Hightower will stand with President Trump to defend our values, protect our constitutional rights, secure the border and put hard-workings America first.”

“Susan and I have followed Gary Bauer since his service to President Reagan, and his later work on the Family Research Council,” Hightower said. “Because of our personal support of James Dobson’s, Focus on the Family, with whom Gary worked, we have for at least 30 years leaned heavily upon his conservative, family-oriented commentary on culture. It is an honor to be endorsed by Gary, because like him, I am a staunch supporter of Israel and deem our religious freedoms as core to who we are as Americans.”

Bauer currently serves as president of American Values, a public policy think tank, and was Washington director of Christians United for Israel Action Fund. Bauer has held several positions in the administration of former President Ronald Reagan including deputy under-secretary of education from 1982 to 1985 and under-secretary of education from 1985 to 1987.

Bauer was then appointed assistant to the president for policy development, a position he held until January 1989. He later served as a senior vice president of Focus on the Family and as president of the Family Research Council.

In 2000, Bauer sought the Republican nomination for president of the United States. Then-Texas Gov. George W. Bush won the nomination and went on to win the 2000 election.

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Hightower is running in Alabama’s 1st Congressional District in the July 14 Republican Primary runoff against former State Rep. Barry Moore, R-Enterprise.

Incumbent Congressman Bradley Byrne is not running for re-election.

Hightower has a bachelor’s degree from the University of South Alabama and a master’s degree from Vanderbilt University. Hightower has worked for several Fortune 500 companies around the world before moving back to South Alabama in 2002. He has started and run several small businesses in the Mobile area. Hightower is a husband, father and grandfather.

The winner of the Republican nomination will face the winner of the Democratic primary runoff in the Nov. 3 general election. On the Democratic side, James Averhart is running against Kiani Gardner.

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Tallassee mayor endorses Jeff Coleman

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Republican Congressional candidate Jeff Coleman has received the endorsement of Tallassee Mayor Johnny Hammock. Coleman is running for the U.S. House of Representatives in the July 14 Republican primary runoff.

“Alabama needs a strong conservative candidate who will not back down from a challenge, and will represent the voice, people, and values of those who live in Alabama and District 2,” Hammock said. “Jeff Coleman has my full support and endorsement.”

Coleman thanked Hammock for the endorsement.

“Mayor Hammock’s leadership is evident by the respect the community has for him,” Coleman said. “He is a leader not just for Tallassee but for the surrounding area as a whole. It is an honor to have the support and endorsement of Mayor Hammock and many more in the Tallassee community!”

Tallassee is on the Tallapoosa River and is in both Elmore and Tallapoosa Counties. The city has a population of 4,581 in 2018, which is down from its peak in 1999 of 5,858.

Coleman now has the endorsements of the mayors of Luverne, Dothan, Millbrook, Geneva, and Florala.

Coleman is a native of Dothan. He is the fifth generation of his family to head the family business, Coleman Worldwide Moving, based in Dothan. He recently stepped down as President and CEO in order to run for Congress. Coleman is a former Chairman of the Business Council of Alabama. Coleman is one of the wealthiest people in Alabama.

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Coleman has been endorsed by BCA and the Alabama Farmers Federation, as well as the Alabama Realtors Association, Alabama Home Builders Association, Alabama Retail Association, Alabama Trucking Association, Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Coleman is a graduate from Northview High School where he was a member of the 1981 Football team that won the Alabama High School Football State Championship. He has a bachelor’s degree in Commerce and Business Administration from the University of Alabama and a Master’s in Business Administration from Troy University in Dothan. He is an Eagle Scout, a 2011 Graduate of Leadership Alabama and a 2015 Graduate of the Air War College National Security Forum. Coleman served two terms as the Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army for Alabama.

Coleman is running in the Republican primary runoff against former State Rep. Barry Moore on July 14. The eventual Republican nominee for the open 2nd Congressional District seat will face Democrat Phyllis Harvey-Hall in the November general election.

 

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Alabama Republican Assembly endorses Barry Moore

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Congressional candidates Barry Moore’s campaign on Wednesday said the Alabama Republican Assembly has endorsed him for Alabama’s 2nd Congressional District.

Jennifer Montrose is the President of the Alabama Republican Assembly.

“We must have elected leaders who are committed to governing honestly and ethically and believe Barry Moore can best help our state and nation move forward in the November election,” Montrose said. “We hope you will agree with us and vote for this outstanding individual who we believe is committed to Life, Liberty and Family.”

Moore thanked the group in a statement.

“I want to thank the Alabama Republican Assembly for the vote of confidence this endorsement represents,” Moore said. “It’s an honor to be recognized in this way by this fine group of Conservatives.”

“I’ve always been committed to the conservative values I share with the ARA, and I’ll continue to fight for our Constitution, our rights, and our freedoms when I’m in Congress,” Moore continued. “I’ll do this not only to justify the faith groups like the ARA have in me but because it’s what I believe is right. The ARA knows I have a proven conservative voting record and I will always protect our 2nd amendment, take a pro-life stance, support term limits, and stand with President Trump.”

The Alabama Republican Assembly calls itself “the Republican Wing of the Republican Party.”

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Moore continues to receive endorsements from prominent Alabama politicians and groups from across the state in his bid to go to the United States Congress.

Moore faces Dothan businessman Jeff Coleman in the Republican primary runoff on July 14. Moore served in the Alabama House of Representatives from 2010 until 2018 and has been endorsed by both current and former members who served with him there.

Rep. Mike Holmes (R-Wetumpka) said, “I have served in the Alabama House with Rep. Barry Moore; and found him to be one of our Top Five Conservatives every year. I served with him at the RNC Convention in 2016 when Rep. Moore was one of the first to endorse Trump. He is still strongly aligned with Trump. I enthusiastically endorse Barry Moore for Congressional District 2!.”

Rep. Charlotte Meadows (R-Montgomery) said, “When Rep. Barry Moore served in the State House he chaired the Military and Veterans Affairs committee. He was instrumental in bringing the F-35 to Montgomery and he well understands the needs of our Veterans and the importance of our military bases to Alabama. He will always work to support both. I am proud to support Barry Moore for our next Congressman.”

Rep. Terri Collins (R-Decatur)said, “Barry Moore is a man of integrity and honor. He will represent Alabama well.”

Former Rep. Barry Mask (R-Alexander City) said, “Barry Moore is a fighting conservative who has been through the fire. As a veteran, he stands with our country and will fight to preserve it. He was a Trump man early on and has earned our trust.”

“It’s humbling to have so many leading Alabama Republicans endorse me in this race,” Moore said. “These are the people I served within the Alabama House, and they know me and what I stand for. I appreciate their endorsements, and I will do everything I can to honor their trust by continuing to represent the people of our District and our conservative values in Congress. I thank everyone who’s endorsed me, and those who have supported me in this race. I look forward to serving the people of Alabama and District 2 as their next Congressman.”

Moore has been endorsed by the Eagle Forum, Conservative Christians of Alabama, the American Workers Coalition, the Club for Growth, and the House Freedom Fund. He is a former member of the Alabama Legislature, a small businessman, a veteran, a husband, and a father of four from Enterprise.

Moore and his wife Heather own a waste disposal company. Moore is a small businessman, a veteran, a husband, and a father of four from Enterprise. He has a degree from Auburn University.

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U.S. Chamber of Commerce endorses Jerry Carl

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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has endorsed Mobile County Commissioner Jerry Carl in the race for Alabama’s 1st Congressional District.

The U.S. Chamber said in a statement that it is proud to endorse Carl, in an effort to promote free enterprise and job-creating policies for businesses across all regions and sectors.

“In difficult times, we are reminded of the importance of having leaders that understand the genius of the American system of government and free enterprise and who are willing to tackle the hard problems that confront our nation,” said U.S. Chamber CEO Thomas J. Donohue. “As our country faces many challenges and is collectively working to not just reopen our economy, but return to growth and expanded opportunities for all Americans, we need leaders like Jerry Carl. He has a proven track record of leading responsibly and standing up for good policies. The U.S. Chamber is proud to endorse Jerry and looks forward to partnering with him in the future.”

“THANK YOU, U.S. Chamber for the endorsement!” Carl wrote on social media. “I’m proud to be endorsed by the U.S. Chamber! I look forward to working with President Trump and the Chamber to get our economy roaring again!”

The United States Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business advocacy organization and represents more than three million business interests. The Chamber has been leading the business community for 108 years.

The Chamber’s Alabama affiliate, the Business Council of Alabama (BCA) endorsed Carl last month.

BCA had endorsed State Rep. Chris Pringle in the March 3 Republican primary; but Pringle finished third and did not advance to the runoff.

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Commissioner Carl faces former State Senator Bill Hightower (R-Mobile) in the Republican primary runoff on July 14. The eventual Republican nominee will face the winner of the Democratic party runoff between Kiani Gardner and James Averhart.

Incumbent Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-Montrose) is not seeking re-election. Byrne has endorsed Carl.

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