The Alabama Republican Party opened qualifying for the 2020 election at their Hoover headquarters Tuesday, but Sen. Doug Jones was the focus of a morning press conference.
Alabama Republican Party Chairman Terry Lathan hosted a press conference with the Republican National Committee calling on U.S. Senator Doug Jones to side with the majority of his Alabama constituents and oppose the impeachment of President Donald Trump.
Lathan was joined by: Shelby County Republican Party Chairman Joan Reynolds, Jefferson County Republican Party Chairman Butch Zaragoza, Monroe County Republican Party Chairman Rebekah Cornelison, elected officials and candidates qualifying to run for office, and grassroots GOP activists.
“As our party starts our qualifying process today with very strong candidates, we find ourselves back again with the party of Senator Doug Jones trying to overthrow our president in a despicable display reminiscent of a 3rd world political coup – not at all what the founding fathers envisioned for our great nation, as the ballot box is the decision maker,” Lathan said. “It started with Russia, then Mueller and now Democrats have come up with another “Get Trump at all cost” scheme concerning Ukraine. They know they can’t beat President Trump at the ballot box and quite frankly, are seething in desperation. In fact, a Democrat Congressman said, “If we don’t impeach this president, he will get re-elected!” Let me interpret this: If the House Democrats who know better than all of the ill-informed American people don’t stop him, the deplorables, despicables and dregs of society will do it again! The Democrats refuse to accept the results of the 2016 election and are still on a never-ending mission to destroy President Trump.”
“The end goal has always been impeachment,” Lathan continued. “They’ve been openly saying this since his election in an electoral college landslide… and why? Because he won and they lost? Because he shattered their dreams and not their ceiling? Their liberal agenda was yanked away by the VOTERS of our nation and their national hissy fit is filling the airwaves as they waste time instead of doing the jobs they were sent to Congress to do. Their behavior and actions are insults to every American who gave the keys to the Oval Office to Donald Trump!”
“They are attempting to turn a Joe Biden scandal into a Trump problem,” Lathan stated. “Our president, in an unprecedented and transparent move, released the transcript that has sent them into hysterics. No reasonable person can read that three-page transcript and interpret in the same way as the Democrats who are trying to use to destroy President Trump. They wake up every day hating him and their loss.”
“Most Americans oppose impeachment,” Lathan stated. “Recently, a Monmouth poll found that nearly two thirds of Americans oppose beginning impeachment proceedings. The people are fired up and wanting to speak out against this poison pill that is impeachment. They care about their families’ healthcare, the illegal immigration crisis, their paychecks and their families. They clearly see this impeachment charade is another attempt to remove our president. Do we hear the Democrats cheering as American workers’ paychecks continue to rise? NO! Do we see the Democrats celebrating the lowest unemployment rate in 50 years? NO! Do we see the Democrats working on realistic solutions to healthcare issues? NO! Do we see the Democrats trying to secure our boarder and stop the flow of illegal drugs and human trafficking into our nation? NO!”
“They are now the Party of obstruction in every sense of the word,” Lathan charged. “Where does Doug Jones stand? Time and again, Senator Jones has sided with the radical Democrats in his party, whether it’s obstructing President Trump’s policies or voting against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation. He is a member of the Party that had a floor fight over removing the word “God” from their platform. He embraces the Party that just 2 months ago passed a resolution championing “religiously unaffiliated” voters. He knee jerk reacted to the Brett Kavanaugh debacle and voted NO when the majority of Alabamians wanted him to cast a YES vote. He voted NO on the wall funding. Alabamians wanted a YES vote. He voted NO on ending taxpayer money to Planned Parenthood. Our state wanted a YES vote. Senator Jones’ is not voting for the majority of Alabamians, and they will not forget his deafness to their wishes next year.”
Secretary of State John H. Merrill, businessman Stanley Adair, and State Representative Arnold Mooney all qualified on Tuesday for the Republican nomination for Senate. Former Chief Justice Roy Moore, former Auburn football Coach Tommy Tuberville, and Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-Montrose) have all announced plans to run. GOP qualifying for Senate and other races will remain open through November 8.
The last two Democrats to win statewide races in Alabama were Doug Jones in 2017 and the late Lucy Baxley in 2008 running for Public Service Commission President. The last Democratic incumbent who won re-election was Agriculture and Industries Commissioner Ron Sparks in 2006. The last Democrat to win a state appellate court race in Alabama was Sue Bell Cobb who won the Chief Justice race in 2006. The last Democrat to win Lt. Gov. in Alabama was Gov. Jim Folsom Jr. in 2006. The last Democrat to be elected governor in Alabama was Don Siegelman in 1998. The last Democrat who was elected Alabama Attorney General was Jimmy Evans in 1990. The last time a Democratic incumbent was re-elected to the U.S. Senate in Alabama was Richard Shelby in 1992. The last three Democrats elected as governor of Alabama were Don Siegelman in 1998. George C. Wallace in 1982, and Forest “Fob” James in 1978.