Nancy Worley, Joe Reed react to disgruntled Dem candidates — ‘Some of our candidates chose to ignore the black voters’
Two of the six Alabama Democratic congressional hopefuls that came up short in Tuesday’s midterm elections publicly voiced their frustrations with the state’s Democratic Party and its leadership.
In their losses, both second congressional district Democratic hopeful Tabitha Isner and third congressional district hopeful Mallory Hagan indicated the Alabama Democratic Party under the leadership of chairwoman Nancy Worley and the Alabama Democratic Conference’s Joe Reed left much to be desired.
Hagan went as far as accusing the state’s Democratic Party of defecating on its candidates.
Isner acknowledged not having the support of the national or the state parties and was dismissive of its existence.
“What state party?” she said in her Tuesday concession speech after her 23-point loss to incumbent Rep. Martha Roby (R-Montgomery).
In an interview with Montgomery NBC affiliate WSFA, Worley seemed to shrug off the criticisms.
“Maybe they thought the party was supposed to do everything for them and fund their campaigns, that’s just not how politics work in Alabama,” Worley said in a phone call according to WSFA’s Jennifer Horton.
“I don’t believe either of those candidates understood what was expected from a candidate, or what they should expect from the party,” Worley added per Horton.
The Democratic Party chairwoman took one last parting shot at the two candidates, suggesting they didn’t do all they could do to reach out to black voters.
“Some of our candidates chose to ignore the black voters in this election, that is a very wrong-headed decision on the part of a Democrat,” Worley said according to the WSFA report.
Just days before Tuesday’s election, 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. That “fair share” was to be used to get out the vote in the black community.
Reed soundly dismissed Hagan’s remarks in an interview also conducted by WSFA’s Horton.
“She doesn’t know what she is talking about,” said Reed. “She doesn’t know anything about the party, she just ran for office and her ambitions exceeded her ability to run an executive campaign.”
He went on to accused Hagan of playing “politricks,” where he said was “bad.”