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Jerry Carl to seek a second term in Congress

The Mobile resident was elected to the U.S. House in 2020 and began his term in 2021.

Alabama Congressman Jerry Carl, R-Alabama, outside his office after being sworn for his first time in Congress.

Congressman Jerry Carl, R-Alabama, on Tuesday announced he is seeking a second term in Congress. The Republican primary is set for May 24. 

“Today, I’m proud to announce I’m seeking a second term in Congress to represent the people of Alabama’s First Congressional District. I’m proud of the work we’ve accomplished during my first term, but the stakes are simply too high for us to let our foot off the gas now and give up on the fight for America,” Carl said in a statement. 

“I’m beyond frustrated with the way Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, and their liberal squad are ruining the country we love. The anti-American rhetoric I see from across the aisle makes me want to puke. Every day, I see calls from the Left to defund the police, efforts to trample our most fundamental rights, and a failure to secure our southern border. From the time I wake up in the morning to the time my head hits the pillow at night, I’m working hard to fight for south Alabama and push back on this radical agenda. The bottom line is we still have a lot more work to do,” Carl continued.

Carl, a resident of Mobile, in a campaign video released Tuesday says he pushed “more than a dozen pro-life bills and voted to finish the wall more times than I can count,” referring to former President Donald Trump’s border wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. 

“I wish President Trump was still in the oval office, but instead we have sleepy Joe Biden,” Carl said in a campaign video released Tuesday. 

Carl was among the Republicans in Congress who voted on Jan. 6 to challenge the 2020 presidential election results in Arizona and Pennsylvania, saying he believed there was “overwhelming evidence of voter fraud and election irregularities in both states.” Numerous failed lawsuits and several investigations in those election results found no such fraud.

Carl said of the deadly Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol by Trump supporters that anyone involved should be prosecuted but that many Trump supporters were there just to take photos

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Carl in July said he supported the House Republican Caucus’s decision to boycott the Jan. 6 Commission, formed to investigate the matters surrounding the Jan. 6 Capitol attack. Carl also voted against forming that committee.  

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Eddie Burkhalter is a reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter. You can email him at [email protected] or reach him via Twitter.


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