Saturday awoke to another packed house at the Madison County Republican breakfast.
The speakers were Mo Brooks, Kay Ivey, and Dr. Robert Bentley. Congressional candidate Mo Brooks took to the microphone waving a broom and asking people to help him “Sweep ‘em all out”! That is classic Alabama politics – if a dirty ol’ flatbed truck would’ve fit in the room Brooks would’ve raised a cloud of dust sweeping it up. Mo was having a lot of fun with the stunt, but his message was serious: “our President doesn’t know the America that all of us know” and Obama’s policies are wrecking this country – now is the time to change direction.
Candidate for Lieutenant Governor Kay Ivey spoke about how her opponent (Little Jim Folsom) as President of the Senate wouldn’t recognize Republican Senators during debates – Ivey said “give these State Senators a voice”.
Candidate for Governor Dr. Robert Bentley spread more love during his speech. Bentley said that he “has a Doctor’s love” for “all the people of Alabama”, but “don’t confuse love with weakness”. Bentley said that Republicans have “got to run as a team” and he urged voters “to vote for every Republican on the ticket”.
Here are some quotes from Dr. Love:
“Give us the chance to prove to you that we can govern right”.
“Public servants should be held to a higher standard”.
“Treat taxpayers like customers”.
And my favorite:
“Government should help create jobs, not create Government jobs”.
Dr. Bentley said that Democrat Ron Sparks “is the most liberal man ever to run for Governor”. Ron Sparks says he won’t tell a woman what to do with her body, Dr. Bentley says that a baby is a separate person. Ron Sparks doesn’t believe that States have rights (when asked if he supported the enforcement of the 10th Amendment Sparks said “absolutely not”), Dr. Bentley says the Governor must protect State interests against federal overreaching.
Dr. Bentley said that “there are some evil forces in this State” and promised to convene a Special Session of the legislature within (and at the beginning of) the Regular Session “to pass the toughest ethics law that’s ever been passed by any state in this country”. Bentley recognized Senator Arthur Orr and Representative Mike Ball as champions of ethics legislation.
Dr. Bentley closed by saying that Alabama is “a loving and patriotic State”.
Steve Doyle of The Huntsville Times wrote “Robert Bentley says he’ll push for “toughest ethics law” if elected Alabama governor”:
Bentley said he expects Sparks and other Democratic candidates to sling a few more “arrows” in the form of negative campaign ads in the coming days.
He referenced a TV commercial by state Sen. Lowell Barron, D-Fyffe, against his Republican opponent, Shadrack McGill. In the ad, a woman who recently sued McGill over a deal to sell her a restaurant calls the Woodville businessman a “thief” and a “crook.”
McGill has countersued the woman, Sheila Johnson.
“Shad, your opponent is afraid of you, or he wouldn’t be running negative ads,” Bentley said to McGill, drawing loud applause.