ALGOP chair Terry Lathan: ‘Complacency’ was Alabama Republicans’ biggest 2018 challenge — ‘We got woke’
With the 2017 U.S. Senate special election fresh on everyone’s mind, Alabama Republicans did not take anything for granted in the campaigns for Tuesday’s elections, and it paid off.
From top to bottom, Republicans won every statewide race and expanded their supermajority in the Alabama legislature.
In an appearance on Mobile’s FM Talk 106.5 on Thursday, Alabama Republican Party chairwoman Terry Lathan attributed the outcome to combatting complacency and emphasizing that nothing could be taken for granted.
“With all the good that we just heard and how hard we all worked – for me, my entire adult life as a volunteer when I say work,” she explained. “I still am a [40-hour-a-week] unpaid state chairman. You do things like that because you love something more than you love yourself. But our problem now — because there’s always problems with big families, right? – is complacency. For the last six months, that’s been the number one thing I’ve told everyone around the state: We cannot take anything for granted. And I tell you what, we did not.”
Doug Jones’ 2017 win gave Democrats hope for 2018, but in the end, it was not to be.
“What happened with Doug Jones tricked Democrats into thinking they might could win, and so all the candidates came back on the ticket,” she said. “As the kids say – we got woke. Our team went to work, and it was all worth it on Tuesday.”