Wednesday, the Dothan, Alabama Chapter of the International Brotherhood of Police Officers announced that it has endorsed former Auburn head football Coach Tommy Tuberville in his outsider bid to be elected to the U.S. Senate.
“As someone who believes deeply in backing the blue, I am deeply honored to receive the backing of the men and women who wear the blue,” Tuberville said. “I will do everything in my power as a U.S. senator to provide law enforcement officers across Alabama with the tools they need to protect the public, carry out their mission, and return home safely to their families each night.”
The group formally notified the Tuberville campaign of its endorsement in a letter.
Tuberville emphasizes his support for law enforcement and discusses the need to return a sense of law and order to today’s increasingly permissive society. Tuberville’s campaign is also emphasizing border security and its role in preserving the law and combatting the flood of narcotics into the country.
“I fully support President Trump’s plan to build a wall and make our nation more secure,” Tuberville said. “Our border patrol, detention centers, and law enforcement officers along and near the border hold the line between law-abiding citizens and the scourge of illegal immigration that brings drugs, terrorists, and criminals into our country on a daily basis.”
Tuberville also won the Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce straw poll with 39 percent support. He was followed by former Attorney General Jeff Sessions with 33 percent and Congressman Bradley Byrne with 27 percent.
“It is humbling to earn the support of small business owners who sign the front of a paycheck so others can sign the back,” Tuberville said. “I believe we must create an economic atmosphere that allows all businesses – from the area’s largest employers to the smallest mom-and-pop storefront – every opportunity to expand, grow, compete, and prosper.”
Tuberville is running for the Senate seat currently held by Sen. Doug Jones (D).
Tuberville, Sessions, and Byrne are running in a crowded Republican primary field that also includes: former Chief Justice Roy Moore, Ruth Page Nelson, businessman Stanley Adair, and State Representative Arnold Mooney.
The Republican primary is on March 3.