Givhan Bentley and Thomas
Republican candidate for Governor Dr. Robert Bentley spoke to a bi-partisan crowd of more than 100 people at the Huntsville Visitor’s Center on the square yesterday.
Dr. Bentley had a full day in and around Huntsville yesterday, starting at Floyd Hardin’s barber shop then visiting Larry’s, eating with the Elks, speaking at this event downtown, then to the Builders’ Association, then Hartselle, and IIRC ending up in Oneonta. Bentley commented about Larry’s that “a gun shop is a good place for Republicans”.
Bentley began his speech noting the “tremendous uncertainty” in the country and that jobs are his focus. Bentley said he believes in “free enterprise” and “helping business create jobs”.
Bentley referred to James 1: ”when trials come into your life you can become stronger”. Bentley said he would “find efficiency in government” and “the only time you can make government more efficient is when you don’t have enough money”.
Bentley is “opposed to federalization of health care”.
Bentley said “I believe that we should take care of our friends and neighbors through our churches and individually, not through the federal government”.
Bentley urged the crowd to “send me as Governor some more good GOP legislators”.
Bentley said that opponent Ron Sparks is “a poster child for some Democrats. He is pro-choice. I am pro-life”. Bentley then noted that many Democrats are pro-life. Bentley said that Sparks “does not want to do anything significant about illegal immigration” and related the story about Sparks going into the 13 foot ladder business if there was a 12 foot border wall.
Bentley reminded people to vote: “I never leave without asking for everyone’s vote”. Bentley ended his speech saying “I love the people of Alabama”.
Bi-partisan? Yes: Mary Jane Caylor (D – AL BOE and her husband provided refreshments for the event. I also saw several Democrats including Deborah Paseur and MadCo License Director Mark Craig. Republicans? Yes: State Reps Mike Ball, Howard Sanderford, and Mac McCutcheon; DA Rob Broussard; Judges Dennis O’Dell and Ruth Ann Hall; and Sheriff Blake Dorning. Sorry if I missed recognizing any Democrat or Republican officials who attended…
I asked one of the Democrat officials if they were there out of respect for Bentley (as an official welcoming a gubernatorial candidate) – the answer was no – this person has had several opportunities to see Sparks but didn’t want to… That Democrat was there as a Bentley voter.