Congressional hopeful Jerry Carl first on the airwaves in hotly contested AL-01 GOP race
The race for the Republican nomination in Alabama’s first congressional district thus far has been a difficult one to handicap.
None of the current officially qualified candidates, which include Mobile County Commissioner Jerry Carl, former State Sen. Bill Hightower (R-Mobile) and State Rep. Chris Pringle (R-Mobile), have successfully set themselves apart from the pack as the lead dog in the contest to fill the void soon to be left by U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-Fairhope), who is seeking Alabama’s seat up in 2020 for the U.S. Senate.
On Wednesday, Carl made the first move of an effort to set himself apart by going live with a radio spot that started airing throughout Alabama’s first congressional district.
The spot touted Carl’s loyalty to President Donald Trump, his business acumen, fiscal discipline as a Mobile County commissioner, opposition to the proposed toll for the new I-10 Mobile Bay Bridge and a willingness to take on the so-called “Squad” in the U.S. House of Representatives.
“When I first entered public office, I said that I wasn’t looking for a job,” Carl said in a release accompanying the spot. “Instead, I wanted to be a public servant who fought to tackle the tough problems facing our community. That’s exactly what I’ve done – worked to bring solid infrastructure that has brought new jobs and new businesses, fought for our law enforcement officers, and put a roadblock up to wasteful spending that wasn’t needed. I look forward to standing with President Trump to continue this same work in Washington, D.C.”
Qualifying ends on Friday for Republicans to enter the contest. GOP voters will go to the polls on March 3, 2020, to select their preference on who to represent them on the November 3, 2020 general election ballot.