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2nd Congressional District GOP candidates appeal to Elmore County voters


January 14 the Second Congressional District Republican candidates spoke to the Elmore County Republican voters at a forum in Wetumpka.

Dothan businessman Jeff Coleman said, “I am a 35-year businessman,” not a professional politician.

“A couple who prays together stays together.” Coleman said discussing his successful marriage.

“A good quality job will solve all the problems in America,” Coleman added.

Coleman promised to do everything he could to protect Maxwell Air Force Base and Fort Rucker Army base as well as to do everything possible to protect agriculture and Alabama farmers.

Bob Rogers said, “I would also make sure that our military bases would be adequately funded.”

Rogers promised to work to help veterans, farmers, peanut farmers, and to work with the Forestry Commission.

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Rogers said that he worked in education as a teacher, following a 30-year career in law enforcement.

Prattville businesswoman Jessica Taylor said, “I have had enough of AOC and her squad brainwashing the young people of this country.”

Taylor said that her husband, Bryan Taylor, currently serves in Army National Guard.

Taylor said that he business for the last two years has been helping entities with grant funding

“I know exactly where we need to cut things; so I will hit the ground running on Day one,” Taylor added.

Former Attorney General Troy King said, “I am fed up with what is going on in our country.”

“Everything we believe in Washington is against,” King said. “They took my brick away from me I threw at TVs.” I now have a foam brick.

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“I have a record of standing up and fighting and not cut and running,” King said describing himself as “a fighter.”

Former State Representative Barry Moore of Enterprise said that he ran in 2010 for the state legislature and was part of the first Republican majority in the legislature in 135 years and in 2014 became the Chairman of veteran and military affairs committee.

“My daughter is the youngest Trump delegate in the country,” Moore said. She married an Army Ranger this weekend.”

“I am a fiscal conservative, a strong conservative,” Coleman said. “We have been over-regulated as an economy.”

“For every regulation put on you need to take two off,” Coleman added. “I think we need lower taxes and lower regulation.”

Coleman said that President Trump was right to implement policies to grow the economy. “Get rid of all the regulations that our businesses are forced with today.”

“I am a fiscal conservative,” Rogers said. I favor submitting legislation that would cut the cost of government 25 percent.”

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Rogers admitted thought, “That may be hard to do.”

Rogers said that he supported Trump’s efforts on “Getting China in line and taxing the goods coming in from Mexico and China.”

“I am very much a fiscal conservative,” Taylor said.

Taylor said that she was for cutting the to fraud, waste and abuse.

“$150 billion a year is going to fraud waste and abuse in Medicare alone,”

Taylor said that she has seen the ways to cut government from her working in writing grant applications.

“I have signed a no new taxes pledge,” Taylor added.

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“We need government off of our backs and out of our pocket book,” King said.

King said that the Department of Education has accomplished nothing and should be abolished and that money sent back to the states to educate kids.

“More people work at the Department of Agriculture than there are farmers in this country,” King added.

King said that the government had spent over $one billion to convert a mental hospital in to the new Homeland Security headquarters.

Moore said that when he was in the Alabama legislature they cut a $billion in spending. “I voted to cut our pay.”

“I was the first to endorse Trump,” Moore said.

“Get the taxes and regulations out of the way and we won’t need the subsidies,” Moore added.

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Rogers said, “The Republican Party, we’re going through a transition.”\

Rogers cited the work of Candace Owens. “I see this growing. I think we are seeing a lot of the racial tension behind us.”

Taylor said, “I would love to serve on the Armed Services Committee.”

“One of the biggest issues facing this country as a whole is socialism,” Taylor said. “Seventy percent of millennials say that they would vote for a socialist and 1 in 3 would support communism. This is the number one danger facing this country.”

“The greatest issue is that the Democrats in Washington want to remove our President,” King said. “We need a House that will defend the President and will not let things get out of hand and make sure that his policies move forwards.

“I have shown in my history that I will fight,” Moore said. “We have got to show up in the census.”

Coleman said, “The Largest employer in this district is Maxwell Gunter and Fort Rucker.”

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“I am for free and fair trade.” Coleman sold. “We have got to do everything we can to help our farmers get through this.”

“I am a businessman, not a politician,” Coleman said. “I have never run for elected office before.” “I don’t need this job I want this job.”

“I would back President Trump 100 percent on his policies,” Rogers said.

Rogers supported a universal voter ID card across the country and federalizing the National Guard “To make sure that we have fair voting. If they are not citizens they do not have a vote in this land.:

“I am the best person to represent us,” Taylor said. “I was not born into a trust fund; I was born into a trailer park.”

Taylor said that she was active with Big Sisters, served as President of the River Region Pregnancy Center and was endorsed by the Susan B Anthony List.

“We don’t have a gun problem in this country; we have a mental health problem,” Taylor added. “We recently launched a conservative squad on Fox and Friends.”

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“Anybody can tell you that they are pro-life and pro-gun; but I have walked the walk and talked the talk,” King said referencing his championing of legislation making it a crime to kill the unborn child as well as the mom. “Two crimes and can be prosecuted for both of them.”

“We need someone who goes to Washington who knows what they are doing,” King said. “Send a message to Washington that we are sick and tired of what they are doing and we are coming to change that.”

Moore said that he was the most dependable conservative voter when he was a member of the legislature.

Moore said, “I built my business from the ground up, driving a garbage truck.”

“I am an Ag science guy, a veteran, a dependable conservative and a Trump delegate,” Moore said. One of his friends told him, “Barry you are the Second District.”

The Republican primary will be on March 3.

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



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