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GOP forum in Mobile hosts several congressional candidates

Reps. Jerry Carl and Barry Moore began the forum by discussing their campaigns, primary issues and their legislative record.

U.S. Rep. Jerry Carl speaks to the Mobile County Republican Party.

On Monday, the Mobile County Republican Party hosted a forum where several Republican candidates running for Congress and other positions made their case to voters and party members.

The forum featured Republican candidates running in districts overlapping with Mobile County, including the 1st and 2nd Congressional Districts. District 1 opponents U.S. Rep. Jerry Carl, R-Mobile, and U.S. Rep. Barry Moore, R-Enterprise, began the forum by discussing their campaigns, primary issues, and their legislative records.

Carl, the current representative of the 1st Congressional District, declared himself a proud conservative, identifying three issues needing resolution in Washington. According to Carl, these issues are border issues, the economy, and

the “corrupt” President Joe Biden administration. To improve the economy, Carl suggested allowing drilling in the Gulf to lower petroleum prices. To address the Biden administration, he advocated for the election of Donald Trump.

Trump is currently involved in four criminal cases related to his role in the 2020 election insurrection, allegedly taking highly classified documents after leaving the White House, and accusations of falsifying business records in a payoff to porn star Stormy Daniels.

Carl stated, “The Biden administration itself is so corrupt, between Hunter [Biden] and his cabinet members. We have got to do what we can to get this president out of office and elect Donald Trump. Period.”

During his tenure as representative for District 1, Carl noted positive changes like Airbus’s expansion from 2,000 to 4,000 employees and the success of the Walmart distribution center in Irvington. He promised to help fundraise for the Republican primary winner in District 2 on March 5.

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Moore, the 2nd Congressional District’s representative, highlighted his conservative record in Congress. He mentioned being the only member of the Alabama delegation in the House Freedom Caucus and being ranked as the most conservative member in 2022. Moore emphasized his role as chair of the Veteran Affairs Committee and Vice Chair on a congressional commerce committee, contributing to business growth in Alabama.

Moore also expressed support for Trump, noting he was the first to endorse him in 2015. Like Carl, Moore emphasized the need to secure the border and called for audience support in his campaign.

Several District 2 congressional candidates were present, including Caroleene Dobson, Dick Brewbaker, Stacey Shepperson, Karla DuPriest, Belinda Thomas, Hampton Harris, and Sen. Greg Albritton, R-Range.

Dobson made a significant impact, receiving applause for her speech. She addressed key conservative issues, such as support for Trump’s border policy, combating liberal indoctrination, increasing military preparedness against a “woke agenda,” and supporting law enforcement.

Dobson declared, “The Democrats think they are entitled to this seat and will stop at nothing to try to flip it. I’m the candidate who can and will defeat them in November.”

Other speakers at the forum included candidates for  Chief Justice for the Alabama Supreme Court, the Court of Civil Appeals, Circuit and District Court judges, and county positions.

Patrick Darrington is a reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter. You can reach him at [email protected].

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