Republican Senate Candidates Advocate at Cullman Rally | New
Less than a week after former President Donald Trump visited Cullman County – bringing with him an estimated 50,000 people, according to the Alabama GOP – the candidates for the vacant US Senate seat by Richard Shelby were back to Cullman, making their case to voters at the Cullman County Republican Party Annual Dinner.
Mo Brooks, who is leading the pack according to a poll conducted by Cygnal for Alabama Daily News, has targeted President Joe Biden and his handling of Afghanistan’s exit and border security.
Noting the bombings that took place in Afghanistan on Thursday, Brooks said: “All of this, to a very large extent, is because Joe Biden has set an arbitrary and politically based dismissal schedule.
The six-term congressman who represents northern Alabama said he and other House Republicans are asking Speaker Nancy Pelosi to recall the House in emergency session so they can “consider this that is happening”.
“Yes, Joe Biden is the commander-in-chief, but we are the United States Congress. We are one of the three branches of government and we are also involved in this area, ”he said. “We want some responsibility.”
Brooks said Biden is also responsible for what he called an “invasion” of the southern border. “Ask these border states – California, New Mexico, Arizona, and Texas – and they’re overrun,” he said.
He said he and a “handful” of other Republicans were considering tabling articles of impeachment, but said they were going to do so “the right way.”
“What we just saw with the Democrats was the wrong way to go,” he added. “They did it for purely partisan reasons.”
Brooks told the assembled Cullman County Republicans that if they voted for him, he said, “I promise you I’ll always put America first.”
Katie Britt, former Shelby chief of staff and most recently director of the Alabama Business Council, referred to her local connection to Cullman: Her husband, Wesley, is from Cullman.
“He says things he’s done for a living, being Cullman is one of the things he’s most proud of,” she said.
The Enterprise, Alabama native said when working for Shelby, “I really saw the challenges and the opportunities in our state.”
As the daughter of small business owners, she said, “The best thing we can do is put government aside. “
Like Brooks, she also condemned the current administration’s immigration policies, calling border security a “disaster.”
“When Joe Biden put Kamala Harris in charge, she didn’t really have to go to the border to find the problem, she just needed to look at herself in the mirror. They are the ones. Joe Biden single-handedly destroyed this nation with his management of the border, ”she said. “President Trump had everything under control. “
Britt also took aim at Big Tech, “cancel the culture” and the infrastructure plan.
“We have to resist each of these things and more,” she said.
Businesswoman Jessica Taylor has positioned herself as the candidate outside the Beltway. “I think we have to have a conservative foreigner who can go out there and fix this mess they made,” she said.
The Shelby County native previously worked in the governor’s office of faith-based community initiatives and said, “This is where I learned about the power of the private sector,” she said.
In her comments, she also mentioned the border, Afghanistan and government spending. “We continue to send representatives there who spend like everyone else,” she said.
Candidate Lynda Blanchard, who was Trump’s ambassador to Slovenia, had to cancel her attendance at the dinner due to covid, President Kelly Duke said.
The annual dinner also served as a fundraiser for Cullman County Day and an opportunity to recognize members. Chatty Freeman was named Republican Woman of the Year; Steve Cummings was named Republican of the Year; Cullman County Commissioner Kerry Watson was named elected official of the year; and Tom Beason was named Volunteer of the Year.
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