Alabama Dem chairwoman Nancy Worley: ‘I oftentimes wonder if maybe the Republicans are paying these folks to challenge us’
The turmoil within the Alabama Democratic Party over the past year has been well documented. Given the party’s alleged dysfunction, many of Alabama’s Democratic politicians are crying foul and even to the extent that the Democratic National Committee has taken notice.
Among those is Sen. Doug Jones (D-Mountain Brook), whose special election win in 2017 was thought to be a turning point for Democrats in Alabama. However, Democrats were unable to build off of those successes in the 2018 general election. With the lack of results by Democrats, there have been challenges to the Alabama Democratic Party for how it chooses its leadership structure.
During an appearance on Alabama Public Television’s “Capitol Journal” on Friday, Worley suggested that Republicans could be behind those challenges so that the Alabama Democratic Party is preoccupied with that instead of elections.
“I think it is most unfortunate that people who lose sometimes can’t accept loss,” Worley said of the challenges to the party’s leadership. “And so we’ve had to work on this for a year and really lose some time. I oftentimes wonder if maybe the Republicans are paying these folks to challenge us because you know the Republicans obviously want us to sit around, spin our wheels on things like this, as opposed to getting out there, working to get Democrats elected. And so, I’m not saying that they sit in a room and contemplate those things, but it is unfortunate we’ve had to spend a full year almost working on what should have been settled last August.”
Worley also suggested that Jones’ dissatisfaction with the party goes back to a previously failed effort to be the chairman of the Alabama Democratic Party.
“No, Doug wanted to be chair at one time – several years ago, he ran for chair,” she said. “He was beaten for chair, and I don’t think he’s ever gotten over that as a matter of fact. If I had a piece of advice to give him, I would tell him to concentrate on his own race. He has a race to run of his own. We wish him well.”