Bill Hightower’s campaign for Congress released a new television ad on Tuesday highlighting the candidate’s opposition to a toll bridge over Mobile Bay and his loyalty to President Donald Trump.
Hightower, a former state senator from Mobile, is in a runoff election against Mobile County Commissioner Jerry Carl for the Republican nomination in Alabama’s First Congressional District.
Sitting Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-Fairhope) ran for U.S. Senate instead of seeking reelection.
The ad begins with narration tying Hightower to Trump, who is enormously popular among conservative voters in Alabama.
“Bill Hightower’s always had Trump’s back,” the ad states.
It also highlights Hightower’s stances on two local issues: trying to bring out coastal insurance reform and opposing the I-10 toll that was considered by state leaders earlier in the year.
Hightower’s new spot comes quickly on the heels of the announcement that his campaign has been endorsed by the Alabama Forestry Association.
Carl has recently been endorsed by the Alabama Farmer’s Federation and the business leaders group Coastal 15o. His campaign was also endorsed by State Rep. Chris Pringle (R-Mobile) and restauranteur Wes Lambert, who finished third and fourth in the initial March 3 primary.
The Hightower campaign says their new ad will be part of a six-figure multi-media advertising campaign that will run through the July 14 runoff election.