Mallory Hagan lashes out at Alabama Democratic Party in loss: ‘They sh-t on Democratic candidates left and right’
Tuesday night didn’t go the way Democratic Party congressional hopeful Mallory Hagan had hoped.
In a speech to supporters after her crushing 28-point defeat to incumbent Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Saks) in Alabama’s third congressional district contest, Hagan ripped the Alabama Democratic Party by declaring it did not have “your best interests at heart.”
In a concession speech that more closely resembled a rant, Hagan attacked the leadership of the Alabama Democratic Party.
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“My heart is beating very fast because I have to tell you that the challenge in the state of Alabama is not the Republican Party,” Hagan said. “It is the Democratic Party. I told you that I would fight for you and I will continue to do so because there are people who are in control of the Democratic Party who do not have your best interests at heart.”
“I am mad as hell right now,” she continued. “There are people who are in control of the Democratic Party who say they are fighting for you, who say they are standing up for you, who say they care about you and your communities. And yet, they shit on Democratic candidates left and right, excuse my language. They take from us. They demean us. They condescend to us as we run. They are not what I think the state of Alabama stands for, and I have dealt with it throughout this campaign cycle with my chin high and a smile on my face because I wanted to fight for all of you and all of our state.”
Just days before Tuesday’s election, Alabama Democratic Caucus chairman Joe Reed sent out a letter calling on candidates to give their “fair share” for the position they sought, which for some was as much as $25,000. Hagan called out Reed by name, as well as Alabama Democratic Party chairwoman Nancy Worley and party leader Randy Kelley.
“But let me tell you this: I don’t see another person who ran tonight running again as long as Nancy Worley and Joe Reed and Randy Kelley are in charge of our party anymore,” she added.
Hagan’s remarks appear to be the latest chapter of infighting among Alabama Democrats, which is certain to be prolonged given Democrats’ poor showing on Tuesday.