Lt. Governor Will Ainsworth (R-AL) on Friday endorsed former Auburn University head football coach Tommy Tuberville in Alabama’s Republican primary runoff for the U.S. Senate.
Ainsworth made the endorsement in a press release, citing Tuberville’s outsider status, support for President Donald Trump and conservative beliefs.
“I know Coach Tuberville is a deeply committed Christian conservative who is running for the Senate because of a desire to serve others and not because he is a career politician,” Ainsworth stated.
“Like me, Coach Tuberville is a believer in pro-life, pro-gun and pro-family issues, and anyone who has seen him stalk a sideline knows he will be the tough fighter that Alabama needs in the U.S. Senate,” he continued.
Tuberville is running against former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions for the GOP nomination; the nominee will go on to face U.S. Senator Doug Jones (D-AL) in November.
Sessions has been endorsed by the likes of the National Rifle Association (NRA), the Alabama Forestry Association, the National Immigration and Customs Enforcement Council and several Alabama sheriffs, as well as conservative pundits such as Michelle Malkin, Ann Coulter, Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham.
In adding his name to this list on Friday, Ainsworth also noted a couple of key policy priorities he and Tuberville share.
The lieutenant governor has spearheaded a major workforce development initiative for the state and also chairs Alabama’s Military Stability Commission. Ainsworth said Tuberville has been outspoken about the need for expanded vocational training and supporting Alabama’s military infrastructure. The former coach, according to Ainsworth, is also a staunch advocate of keeping America’s promises to her military personnel and veterans.
“Coach Tuberville understands that our country must reclaim our manufacturing jobs from China and bring them back home so American workers can make homegrown products,” Ainsworth concluded. “And the fact that he has promised to donate his full Senate salary to charities and organizations that serve military veterans shows that he is a patriot who wants to give back to those who have given so much to our nation.”
The Republican senatorial runoff will be held Tuesday, July 14.
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Sean Ross is the editor of Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @sean_yhn