Why Run as a Republican?

Clyde, commenting on the Madison County Commission District 1 primary race between Bob Long and Chris Stuckey, asks “why is Chris Stuckey running as a Republican?”

I think that is a fair question. In fact, I’ve asked him.

Those who know me in real life know that I can be blunt, so it may not be much of a surprise to learn that I asked Chris Stuckey that very question at an event where I heard he was running for the County Commission.  We talked for probably thirty minutes, he was very gracious with his time and patience, and I’m certain he thought me a complete boor. I’m also certain that he is sincere.  Stuckey made a deliberate and thoughtful decision that the GOP is right for him, and that he wants to represent us.  He agrees with the Republican Party on the issues (as much as any of us agree).

Isn’t that why anyone would run as a Republican?

NOTE: to be fair, this is not an endorsement of either candidate. From what I know, I like and respect each of them and think that the GOP has a good chance of picking up the seat regardless of which of them wins the primary.  I just happened to have asked the question (as I’ve asked others before him) and received an answer that satisfied me. I can tell you that I will be volunteering for one of their campaigns (Long or Stuckey) after June 3.


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