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Mobile County Democrats say Trump abused office for his own political gain

President Donald Trump speaking in 2017 just outside Harrisburg. (Staff Sgt. Tony Harp/U.S. Air National Guard)

On Saturday the Mobile County Democratic Party Executive Committee released a statement charging that President Donald J. Trump (R) abused his office for personal political gain and denounced Republican congressional candidates who released statements defending the President and opposing the two articles of impeachment.

“This week, the United States House of Representatives took the historic step to impeach a sitting U.S. President for only the 3rd time in history,” the MCDEC wrote in a statement. “Nearly every single Republican candidate for Alabama’s 1st Congressional District immediately proclaimed, in effect, that he would never vote to impeach, despite the compelling evidence of President Trump’s abuse of power for his personal political gain.”

“These candidates like to speak of Alabama values, but they are not the Alabama values we know: Respect for the law, the belief that we should have to face the consequences when we do something wrong, and loyalty to this country above our own selfish interests.” The Mobile Democrats continued. “Unfortunately, President Trump’s actions in abusing the office of the President for his personal political gain and then deliberately interfering with the powers of Congress to exercise oversight, demanded that men and women of courage stand by the single most important principle of American Democracy: No one, no matter how powerful or wealthy, is so important as to be above the law.”

House Democrats claim that the President abused his power and obstructed Congress. No Republican voted for either article of impeachment.

“Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives chose to do the RIGHT thing, NOT to place party over country, but to impeach this President, so that he would have to face the facts and answer for them in a trial in the Senate,” the Mobile Democrats continued. “That was not easy. It was risky. It took courage.”

The Mobile County Democrats are hopeful that the Democrats can take the rare open Alabama congressional seat, even though Republicans have held the First Congressional District for the last 55 years.

‘If Alabama is to break free of our cycle of poverty and inequality and no longer be at the top of all the bad lists and the bottom of all the good ones, then we must start by electing leaders who have the courage to lead and who place the good of this district, this state, and this country above their own desire for power,’ the MCDEC continued. “It has become painfully clear, once again, that those values are not to be found among the Republican candidates for the 1st Congressional District.”

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Ben H. Harris III is the Chair of the MCDEC.

Three Democrats have qualified for the open First Congressional District seat. They are: James Averhart, Kiani A. Gardner, and Rick Collins

The Democratic primary will be on March 3.

Incumbent Congressman Bradley Byrne, R-Montrose, is not seeking re-election and is instead running for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Doug Jones (D).


Brandon Moseley is a former reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter.

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