Madison County Commission chair Strong hits Colorado for impugning Alabama in Space Command fight — ‘They’ve got a dope dispensary on every corner’
Earlier this year, the Air Force said the preferred location for U.S. Space Command headquarters would be Huntsville’s Redstone Arsenal.
Currently, the headquarters at Peterson Air Force Base near Colorado Springs, which was among several other installations in Colorado and around the country in competition with Redstone Arsenal.
Despite drawing protests from the likes of U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO) and others, the Air Force appears to remain committed to the Huntsville location.
During an appearance on Mobile radio FM Talk 106.5’s “The Jeff Poor Show,” Madison County Commission chairman Dale Strong, a Republican candidate for the fifth congressional district U.S. House seat up in 2022, punched back at Lamborn and his ilk for suggesting north Alabama wasn’t up for the task of hosting Space Command.
“I’ll tell you this right here: You get down to the facts — Colorado was throwing a lot of darts at Alabama and they actually impugn the integrity of a lot of people in this process to include the Air Force,” he said. “But if you look at the facts on the table — we’ve got the highest concentration of engineers of anywhere in the country. You can look at the education level that’s here. That’s what they’re looking for. You look at Redstone Arsenal with 38,000 acres behind a secure wire, Colorado throwing all these darts. They actually weren’t even second. They were third.”
“Then you look at some of the things that were negative — they don’t have navigatable water,” Strong continued. “They’ve got an elevation issue with altitude sickness. They have a lot of missed business days because of snow. And then, they’ve got a dope dispensary on every corner. And of course, anybody dealing with top security, folks understand that is about the last thing you want — somebody to be tempted to take a hit on a joint. Then they lose their top security clearance. I think if they opened their eyes, they might be able to see some of the things that kept them from getting this. But we’re perfectly positioned, not only for today but for days ahead.”
@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.