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Jefferson County GOP chair Paul DeMarco responds to critics of Michael Flynn appearance — ‘Most successful event’ in the history of the JeffCo GOP

On Friday, former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn will be part of a line-up for the Jefferson County Republican Party’s “Saluting Their Service” event honoring Alabama Supreme Court Justice Mike Bolin and State Rep. Jim Carns (R-Vestavia Hills).

However, the appearance from Flynn seems to be a cause for concern for many in the local media and Alabama Democrats, including former U.S. Sen. Doug Jones (D-Mountain Brook).

During an appearance on Mobile radio FM Talk 106.5’s “The Jeff Poor Show,” Jefferson County Republican Party chairman Paul DeMarco, formerly a member of the Alabama House of Representatives and a 2014 congressional candidate, said despite efforts to gin up controversy, he was anticipating the event to be the most successful event in the history of the Jefferson County Republican Party.

“We’re looking forward to our event tomorrow night honoring Alabama Supreme Court Justice Mike Bolin and Representative Jim Carns,” he said. “We’ve gotten a lot of great responses. I think this is going to be our most successful event we’ve ever had in the history of the Jefferson County Republican Party. We’re looking forward to hearing General Flynn … really looking forward to hearing him talk about patriotism and public service, his military service, and what we all need to do to move to keep this the greatest nation in the world.”

DeMarco downplayed allegations that Flynn had called for a coup, and therefore, according to detractors, was not fit to appear at the event.

DeMarco suggested Democrats tend to their own affairs and focus on the shortcomings under their leadership in Jefferson County and the city of Birmingham.

“Look, he made it clear that’s not what he wanted, and he said that,” DeMarco said. “He made it clear. I take him for his word. He made it clear on the radio. He made it clear to everyone. Look, the Democrats can talk about this, and generally, I’m surprised — I could care less who they bring to their dinners. Bring whoever they want. We’re looking forward to a great dinner. And I’m also surprised the Democrats aren’t focused on issues like they need to be, which is the violent crime rate we have in the city of Birmingham. It’s all part — they’re focused on stuff that really doesn’t matter. They need to be focused on issues of public safety, which all of our constituents care about, and I know their constituents care about. And yet they seem to be more worried about who we’re going to bring to a dinner than trying to do something about the crime rate in the city of Birmingham and in Jefferson County.”

@Jeff_Poor is a graduate of Auburn University and the University of South Alabama, the editor of Breitbart TV, a columnist for Mobile’s Lagniappe Weekly, and host of Mobile’s “The Jeff Poor Show” from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. on FM Talk 106.5.