AUDIO: Former Auburn football coach Tommy Tuberville endorses Tommy Battle for governor
Tuesday on Auburn radio’s WANI, former Auburn head football coach Tommy Tuberville gave his endorsement to Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle in the race for governor.
In an appearance on the station’s “Auburn/Opelika This Morning with Bob Wooddy,” Tuberville explained how he came to the conclusion Battle would be best suited to be Alabama’s next chief executive.
“You know, I got into politics and I came very close to being in that race,” he said. “I just think, Bob, that there’s a lot of people that got to get more involved in politics – not just local, but state and federal. You know, I think we have a lot of problems. But, there’s a lot of good people that can make a difference. You know, I’ve looked at this race, and I think we need something different for Montgomery. I think we need something different for the state of Alabama. I think Tommy Battle is a very, very good candidate for this state.”
“I think he’s a guy, he’s put together staff, and it’s kind of like being a head football coach,” Tuberville continued. “You put together staffs, you know people who can help you make decisions, and he’s done that in Huntsville.”
Tuberville acknowledged people from the other parts of the state could be unfamiliar with Battle, but he urged them to consider him.
“A lot of people from Birmingham south, you know, Mobile, Dothan, Auburn – those areas,” he added. “They don’t know a lot about Tommy Battle, but Huntsville is one of the most growing parts of the country and not just the state of Alabama. He’s got a big job up there.”
According to the former Auburn coach, one of Battle’s qualities was being from “outside the Montgomery realm.”
“We need somebody from outside the Montgomery realm,” he said. “Kay Ivey is kind of an interim governor, and she stepped in when the other governor moved out. But, I think Tommy Battle is the guy people should look at, and I’m going to continue to look at it.”