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Barry Moore campaign defends taking money, endorsement from Club for Growth PAC

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Former State Rep. Barry Moore (R-Enterprise) and Dothan area businessman Jeff Coleman are both running in the Republican primary runoff on July 14. Last week, Jeff Coleman’s campaign manager Dalton Dismukes attacked Barry Moore for accepting money and support from the Club for Growth, a conservative super PAC that opposed Donald J. Trump in the 2016 Republican presidential primaries

Dismukes accused Moore of “old swamp tactics” and derided the Club for Growth as being “The original never-Trump, anti-farmer” group. On Friday the Moore campaign responded to the negative attacks.

Jonathan Barbee, General Consultant and Media Director for the Moore Campaign, said in a statement:

“It’s sad that Mr. Dismukes has already resorted to mudslinging against Barry Moore, but it’s the only thing he can do at this point,” Barbee said. “They’ve already spent $2 million trying to buy a Congressional seat. The people in District 2 know Barry Moore. They know he’s a man of integrity, character, and courage. They know he was the first elected official in the nation to endorse Candidate Donald J. Trump for President in 2015. They know Barry’s always supported farmers and agribusiness across District 2; he even grew up on a farm and has a degree in agriculture. They know Barry chose to limit himself to eight years in the Alabama House rather than seek re-election because he believes in term limits. They know Barry Moore was “the most dependable conservative vote in the Alabama Legislature” while he was there. They know he started and built his business from the ground up. They know he’s a Veteran, and hasn’t just put on a flight uniform for a photo op.”

“Barry Moore has been endorsed by the Club for Growth, Eagle Forum, the American Workers Coalition, the Conservative Christians of Alabama, and the House Freedom Fund,” Barbee continued. “The House Freedom Fund is the political action group of the House Freedom Caucus, the group of conservative legislators that have been President Trump’s ‘go-to’ group for support in the House. The Freedom Caucus has been called the ‘President’s Men’ because of their support, and two of their members have contributed to Barry’s campaign. To try to use these endorsements to tar Barry Moore as a ‘Never Trumper’ isn’t just wrong, it’s silly, especially since the Club for Growth has also endorsed Donald Trump for the 2020 election.”

Coleman has been endorsed by both the Business Council of Alabama, whom Coleman once chaired and the Alabama Farmers Federation.

“Mr. Coleman’s business largely makes its money from government contracts,” Barbee charged. “He’s never served in the military. His company agreed to a settlement in 2015 of $5 million in a fraud case against the Department of Defense, where the Department of Justice had estimated the total fraud at over $700 million. Coleman has insisted that his company did “nothing wrong”, despite agreeing to the settlement, and one of the company’s managers going to prison. He tried to blame Obama, but good investigative reporting by AL.com and the Alabama Political Reporter showed that the fraud and corruption were all on Coleman’s company.”

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“Mr. Coleman is a millionaire who has outspent Barry Moore by more than 10 to 1,” Barbee added. “Coleman has written himself some big checks, which is fine, but he’s also received contributions from a number of out of state groups and Alabama corporate Big Mules. Barry Moore is the best conservative choice to represent District 2 in Congress. Many conservative, free-market, small-government groups across Alabama and nationally know this. They’ve taken a look at the candidates, and have chosen to help elect the candidate that will stand for these things, not fraud and corruption.”

“Mr. Coleman has tried to buy this Congressional seat, instead of using a grassroots campaign as Barry Moore has,” Barbee concluded. “Barry Moore is running on his record as a conservative, a Christian, a small businessman, a Veteran, and a proud Trump supporter. Mr. Coleman’s only record is littered with fraud, corruption, and swamp connections in D.C. His campaign is distorting the truth because they’re trying to hide Coleman’s swamp connections. If anybody in this race is using swamp tactics, it’s the Coleman campaign.”

The winner of the July 14 Republican runoff will face Democratic nominee Phyllis Harvey-Hall in the November 3 general election for the open congressional seat. Republican incumbent Martha Roby is retiring from Congress when her term concludes.

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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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Former UA president Judy Bonner endorses Jeff Sessions

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Former University of Alabama President Judy Bonner has penned a letter endorsing Jeff Sessions in the race for U.S. Senate.

“During his 20 years in the Senate, Jeff worked side-by-side with our senior senator, Richard Shelby, always fighting for Alabama values and looking after Alabamians. I’m sure Senator Shelby would agree that no finer person has ever served in the U.S. Senate than Jeff Sessions. Jeff is a man with the highest degree of integrity, character and honesty. Together, they made an impressive team for our state and can do so again,” Bonner said. 

“When Hurricanes Ivan and Katrina hit Alabama in 2004 and 2005, Jeff and his wife, Mary, were literally passing water bottles out in Bayou La Batre and helping provide food and shelter to those affected throughout South Alabama. And when the Deepwater Horizon oil spill occurred in 2010, Senator Sessions, Senator Shelby and my brother, Jo, were keeping the pressure on Ken Feinberg and BP to make sure our state was compensated,” Bonner said. 

“While in the Senate, Jeff visited every county – all 67 – at least once a year. Like Senator Shelby, he knows Alabama like the back of his hand. And when our people have needed their senator to help them cut through the bureaucracy at the VA, Social Security or one of the many other federal agencies, Senator Sessions and his team were always there for us. He knows how to represent Alabama in Washington – and serve all of us – because he has been a servant leader his entire life,” Bonner wrote.

Bonner pointed to Sessions’s ability to deliver results for Alabama immediately.

“Another important point to consider is there will come a day when Senator Shelby decides to retire. Do we want our next senior senator to have more than 20-years-experience and seniority or do we want someone who is still learning his way around the Capitol?” Bonner asked. 

Bonner concluded her letter with this note about Jeff Sessions:

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“He is Alabama through and through. I hope you will consider giving him your support and trust as well. He has never let Alabama down and he never will.”

 

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Perry Hooper endorses Tuberville

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Former State Rep. Perry Hooper Jr., Trump National Victory committee member, formally endorsed former Auburn head football coach Tommy Tuberville for U.S. Senate on Thursday.

“I have known Coach Tommy Tuberville since he first arrived at Auburn in 1999,” Hooper said. “Since day one when I went to watch my sons practice football, he was always talking to me about Republican Party Politics. I knew it was in his blood. Little did I know at the time, I would be joining the President in supporting him for the United States Senate.”

“Coaching football is more about leadership than X’s and O’s,” Hooper continued. “Tommy’s leadership abilities were the first thing that impressed me when we first met. He has been places recruiting that few people running for office have. He has been in some of the poorest neighborhoods in the country, convincing Mommas how he was going to help mold their 17 years old sons into men. He really cares about everyday people and what is best for our neighborhoods and schools. He has been a great teacher of life lessons as well as an outstanding football coach. He brought in former Auburn Linebacker Chette Williams to serve as the Auburn football team chaplain. He is a dedicated Christian and dedicated to his family which includes his former players. This is what this country needs now – leaders not career politicians.”

“Tommy Tuberville is a principled, free market conservative who has the support of President Trump and has put together a great campaign to defeat Doug Jones,” said David McIntosh, president of the Club for Growth PAC “President Trump’s endorsement is by far the most important endorsement a candidate can earn for a Republican Primary, and we are glad to join President Trump in supporting Tommy Tuberville.”

Club for Growth PAC has been strongly supporting Tommy Tuberville for Senate and Barry Moore and Bill Hightower in the Second and First Congressional Districts.

During these turbulent times, the President needs Tommy Tuberville on his team.,” Hooper said. “As the President stated in his endorsement “Tommy Tuberville loves his country and will never let it down”. He is 100 % behind the President and the Trump Agenda. He could easily have retired after his long successful football career, but there is one more chapter in his life – serving in the US Senate. He has been a winner on and off the football field; as Senator he will be a big win for America and Alabama.”

Hooper is a member of the Alabama Republican Executive Committee and a strong supporter of Auburn University athletics.

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Tuberville faces former U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions on Tuesday, July 14, in the Republican primary runoff. The winner of the Republican nomination will face incumbent Sen. Doug Jones, D-Alabama, in the Nov. 3 general election.

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Moore, Coleman campaigns spar after Roby endorses Coleman

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Barry Moore, left, and Jeff Coleman, right, are in the Republican runoff in the 2nd Congressional District.

Incumbent Congresswoman Martha Roby on Thursday endorsed Dothan businessman Jeff Coleman in Tuesday’s Republican primary runoff. Barry Moore, who challenged Roby’s re-election in the 2018 Republican primary, dismissed the endorsement.

“I fully support Jeff Coleman to be our next Congressman,” Roby said in a statement. “Jeff Coleman is a businessman who supports cutting government regulation and lowering taxes to help grow a strong economy. Jeff strongly supports our men and women serving in uniform, as well as our veterans. The Second District needs someone who will support our interests right here in southeast Alabama, particularly our farmers. Jeff will do just that. He’ll get results for Alabama.”

Former State Rep. Barry Moore (R-Enterprise) said in a statement: “While we appreciate Martha’s service, let’s remember that she has been part of the establishment in Washington for a long time–the same swamp President Trump has been trying to drain. The people of District 2 will always remember that Martha Roby turned her back on Donald Trump when he needed us most. She was the first member of Congress to draft a letter asking him to drop out of the Presidential race. That is something that we will never forget. President Trump needs our support. Can we really trust Roby/Coleman for that?”

“I am proud to be endorsed by The House Freedom Fund, the PAC of the House Freedom Caucus,” Moore continued. “The members of the Freedom Caucus are considered the President’s closest advisors in the House and they have been leading the conservative fight in Congress. The voter’s choice is the same old swamp with Coleman or Barry Moore, who is supported by the most Conservative group in Congress. I look forward to representing the people of District 2 and I am thankful for their support.”

The Coleman campaign responded to Moore’s response.

Coleman campaign manager Dalton Dismukes said, “Mr. Moore cites Representative Roby’s service as “she has been part of the establishment in Washington for a long time” as she served five terms. This is interesting because in the Tuesday WTVY Debate, Mr. Moore, when pressed about his support of term limits and how long he would stay went on to say he would serve “maybe 10 years–five terms” Just seems hypocritical and inconsistent.”

“Mr. Moore also cites Rep. Roby’s past with President Trump saying Rep. Roby was part of, “The same swamp President Trump has been trying to drain.” But he didn’t mention that President Trump actually endorsed Rep. Roby in 2018 when he tweeted, “I fully endorse Martha for Alabama 2nd Congressional District!,” Dismukes added. “Lastly, and arguably most importantly, Mr. Moore is quoted as saying, “The people of District 2 will always remember when Martha Roby turned her back on Donald Trump when he needed us most.” Yet he is proud to be endorsed by Club for Growth who spent $7,000,000 against Trump the very same year and the very same election.”

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Club for Growth PAC is supporting Moore as well as Senate candidate Tommy Tuberville and First Congressional candidate Bill Hightower in Tuesday’s Republican primary runoff.

Coleman has been endorsed by the Business Council of Alabama, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the Alabama Farmer’s Federation.

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Congresswoman Martha Roby endorses Jeff Coleman

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Congresswoman Martha Roby endorsed Jeff Coleman for Congress Thursday. “I fully support Jeff Coleman to be our next Congressman,” Roby said. “Jeff Coleman is a businessman who supports cutting government regulation and lowering taxes to help grow a strong economy. Jeff strongly supports our men and women serving in uniform, as well as our veterans.”

She continued, “The Second District needs someone who will support our interests right here in southeast Alabama, particularly our farmers. Jeff will do just that. He’ll get results for Alabama.”

“I am humbled and honored to receive this strong endorsement from Representative Roby. She has been a staunch supporter of our military men and women, as well as our farmers. I am looking forward to continuing her legacy of fighting for our conservative Alabama values, protecting the family farm, and fighting to ensure our veterans and active-duty personnel have all the resources they need,” Coleman said of the endorsement.

Coleman has now been endorsed by 10 mayors, multiple business associations in the state, the U.S. Chamber, and Roby. Coleman finished the Republican Primary on March 3 with 38 percent of the vote — 18 points ahead of his closest challenger.

Coleman has never run for public office and touts a 35-year successful business career.

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