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  • Three takeaways from Alabama’s Runoff Election

    Excerpt:

    With Alabama’s primary election runoffs now in the books, here are three takeaways from the results.

    North Alabama has spoken.
    When this election cycle began, it became evident that north Alabama saw a window of opportunity to increase its influence.  The results from the Republican primary runoff have shown the electorate in that area of the state was eager to flex its muscle.

    Will Ainsworth pulled out an impressive come-from-behind victory in the Lt. Governor’s race. Steve Marshall enjoyed a resounding win in his bid to retain the Attorney General’s office.

  • On Roby’s win: One false media narrative dies, a new one is born

    Excerpt:

    Like Lucy van Pelt of Peanuts comic strip fame repeatedly pulling the football away from Charlie Brown as he lines up to kick it, Rep. Martha Roby (R-Montgomery) once again has shown you can’t beat her in a Republican primary.

    Similar to when she defeated “Gather Your Armies” Rick Barber in the 2010 GOP primary and “Born Free American Woman” Becky Gerritson in the 2016 GOP primary, Roby defeated former Montgomery Mayor Bobby Bright for a second time on Tuesday night, this time by a whopping 36 points.

    Heading into yesterday, many national media reporters were sent into Alabama’s second congressional district looking at the possibility that Roby might have to answer to a revolt for not sticking with then-Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on the infamous Billy Bush weekend during the 2016 presidential campaign.

  • Mo Brooks Wins FreedomWorks’ Prestigious 2017 FreedomFighter Award

    Excerpt from a Rep. Mo Brooks news release:

    Tuesday, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) was one of only 31 members of the U.S. House of Representatives awarded the prestigious 2017 FreedomFighter Award by FreedomWorks, a leading conservative organization with more than six million members nationwide. Only members of Congress who score better than 90% on the FreedomWorks scorecard receive the FreedomFighter Award. Congressman Brooks’ FreedomWorks score was in the top 4% of all Congressmen in 2017.

    Brooks said, “FreedomWorks is a leading organization in the conservative movement. I thank them for their work keeping members of Congress accountable and scoring key House floor votes which helps the American people better understand the impact of those votes. I was proud to receive the prestigious FreedomWorks 2017 FreedomFighter Award for my voting record in 2017. If America is to maintain its place as the greatest country in world history, more members of Congress must fight for the foundational principles that made America great. I’m fighting in Congress for those principles, and I’m glad to have a partner as effective as FreedomWorks in the fight.”

2 weeks ago

Sean Hannity credits Huntsville for being his first ‘big break’ — ‘My first paid radio gig’

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Sunday on Fox News Channel’s “Life, Liberty & Levin,” nationally syndicated radio talker Sean Hannity gave a shoutout to Huntsville as being the location for his first “big break” in radio.

Host and talk radio colleague Mark Levin asked Hannity where his big break was in the radio business. Hannity first mentioned his chance to fill-in for Rush Limbaugh, but he explained there was a progression of events that led him from doing radio for free to his being one of the top conservative talkers in America, which began in Huntsville on long-time talk station WVNN.

“The big break was a guy — Dave Stone and Bill Dunnavant, two guys, Huntsville, Alabama — my first paid radio gig,” Hannity said. “I was doing it for free up until then, and packed up what was my contracting work van and drove across the country. That was break one.”

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“Break two was a guy by the name of ‘Sluggo,’ Eric Seidel in Atlanta, Georgia,” he added. “Neal Boortz, who is now a friend of both of ours, since retired. He left one station, referred to as ex-wife and moved to a bigger station and now I’m on that station ironically, WSB. And then, the big break was Fox News going on the air, and then that led to WABC, Roger Ailes and Phil Voice. I’m friends with every single person that hired me. I talk to them all. They all critique me to this day. If I do something they don’t like, ‘Sluggo’ is writing me, ‘Let them talk. Shut up.’  But, they care. I prefer the criticism rather than the compliment because that makes you better.”

@Jeff_Poor is a graduate of Auburn University and is the editor of Breitbart TV.

2 years ago

Three Alabama lawmakers to participate in simulated Convention of States

United States Capitol (Photo: Eric B. Walker)
United States Capitol (Photo: Eric B. Walker)
United States Capitol (Photo: Eric B. Walker)

MONTGOMERY, Al. — Three Alabama state legislators will form the Yellowhammer State’s delegation to a simulated Convention of States designed to highlight needed amendments to the U.S. Constitution.

State Sens. Clay Scofield (R – Guntersville) and Greg Albritton (R – Bay Minette) and State Rep. Jack Williams (R-Vestavia) will join lawmakers from around the country in performing a test run of an actual Article V convention called to consider amendments to “impose fiscal restraints on the federal government, limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government, and set term limits for its officials and for Members of Congress.”

Proposed constitutional amendments affecting issues like federal term limits, a balanced budget requirement, and limits on executive orders and rule making are among those that delegates will debate, discuss, and consider.

“The only way to rein in the ever-encroaching federal government is by adding constitutional amendments that limit its power and set strict boundary lines that officials cannot cross,” said Rep. Williams. “The most used and best known manner to amend the U.S. Constitution is for the Congress to initiate the process, but its members have proven unwilling or unable to take the necessary first steps.

“But Article V outlines that our Constitution may also be amended by having representatives from the individual states gather in convention and propose the needed changes. Our Alabama delegation will participate in a simulated convention designed to demonstrate exactly how that process would work.”

The event is being sponsored by Citizens for Self-Governance.

The idea of a Convention of States gained steam in 2013 after conservative talk show host Mark Levin advocated for a states-led convention in his book The Liberty Amendments: Restoring the American Republic.

Article V of the U.S. Constitution says that a convention of the states can be convened if two-thirds of the state legislatures (34) approve an application for the convention to occur.

By design, that’s a high bar to clear. And the bar gets even higher when it comes to actually passing a constitutional amendment.

Each state would then choose delegates to represent them at the convention, but each state would only get one vote on proposed amendments. It takes an affirmative vote from three-fourths (38) of the states to actually amend the constitution.

In short, the convention of the states is widely viewed as a last-ditch effort to push back against an overreaching federal government. 27 states have so far passed resolutions calling for a convention to pass a federal balanced budget amendment.

The Alabama Legislature passed a resolution in 2015 strictly limiting the purpose of a proposed convention to three areas:

1) Imposing fiscal restraints on the federal government through a balanced budget amendment;
2) limiting the power and jurisdiction of the federal government; and
3) implementing term limits on federal elected officials.

Members of the Alabama House and Senate who supported the effort say it was necessary because “the federal government has created a crushing national debt” and “invaded the legitimate roles of the states through the manipulative power of federal mandates.”

A resolution proposed by State Sen. Gerald Allen (R-Tuscaloosa) earlier this year was even more narrowly defined. It would limit the convention to only addressing the question of a balanced budget amendment.

“Even if we don’t get enough states behind it, we’ll send a clear message to Congress,” Allen told the Anniston Star. “Get your house in order.”

The possibility of a “runaway convention” is the most often cited concern with convening such a meeting of the states.

“In the course of our work advising state and federal lawmakers and conservative allies across the country, we have been giving this issue close attention and study,” said Dr. Matthew Spalding of the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank. “The lack of precedent, extensive unknowns, and considerable risks of an Article V amendments convention should bring sober pause to advocates of legitimate constitutional reform contemplating this avenue.”

But Rep. Ken Johnson (R-Moulton), who has sponsored a resolution calling for a Convention of States during the last couple of legislative sessions, said those concerns are overblown.

“Because we’ve never done it, the idea that there could be a ‘runaway convention’ is always brought up as a concern,” Johnson told Yellowhammer last year. “The convention would be limited to a small set of issues. But on top of that, the safeguard is that it only takes 13 states to kill any runaway convention. If there aren’t 13 conservatives states left, we’re in trouble, period. And Washington is a runaway train right now anyway. How much more damage could be done?”

Alabama’s two Senate Budget Chairmen have also been actively involved in the rule-making process for a possible convention. Sen. Trip Pittman (R-Montrose) and Sen. Arthur Orr (R-Decatur) traveled to Mt. Vernon, Virginia to discuss the ground rules of a potential convention.

“We discussed the reality that the biggest threat to America is an irresponsible Federal Government,” said Pittman. “Checks that need to be put on the Federal Government have not been accomplished and based on current activity appear not to be likely… 32 (states) participated in the Mount Vernon Assembly, to prepare rules and form committees within a strict framework… to discuss and build support for a possible amendment convention of the States.”

Sen. Allen’s latest bill called for a 24-hour, one-issue convention to convene in Dallas, Texas, the Wednesday after Congress receives the petition from the required number of states.

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4 years ago

Sessions’ national profile continues to rise with speech to conservative heavyweights

Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala.
Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala. speaking on the floor of the U.S. Senate

Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., has been a member of the United States Senate for over 17 years now. He’s currently running for a fourth term. But even though Sessions has been around for a while, there has never been a point during his career that his star has shined brighter than it is right now, thanks in large part to his outspoken opposition to the bi-partisan push for so-called “comprehensive immigration reform.”

Breitbart News recently referred to him as “the leading intellectual force against amnesty in Congress.” Mark Levin wondered aloud on air last week why other Republicans aren’t fighting like Jeff Sessions. Laura Ingraham bluntly told her national radio audience in March that “we need Sessions for President.”

The media attention Sessions has garnered in recent months has no doubt elevated his profile. But it’s a more behind-the-scenes move that has some Republican heavyweights really starting to pay attention.

Over the weekend, Sessions was the keynote speaker at an event held by the Council for National Policy (CNP), an organization with a nondescript name but a reputation that borders on legendary.

ABC News called it the “self-selected, conservative counterweight to the influential center-left establishment.” It is believed by many to be the group Hillary Clinton was referring to when she told NBC News’ Katie Couric that her husband was a victim of a “vast, right-wing conspiracy.” One Clinton advisor concluded at the time that CNP “has the ideology, the money and the political backing to cause social change in the United States.”

But CNP remains largely unknown to the public.

Many of the group’s members decline interviews, citing their long-standing policy against press publicity. The semi-secret air the group has taken on has made it a favorite target of liberal conspiracy theorists. In an era when every conservative organization seems to be trying to out-megaphone the others, the Council for National Policy stands out because, well, it doesn’t want to stand out.

But here is what a couple of influential conservatives have said about the group:

Since 1981, no other organization has come close to being as useful as the Council for National Policy in making it possible for a wide range of powerful conservatives to work effectively together. CNP Action, Inc., its lobbying arm, is CNP’s key to making things happen politically. – Morton Blackwell, Founder and President of The Leadership Institute

CNP Action, Inc. has the ear of the nation’s most influential conservative leaders and works to provide information and encourage their action on significant legislative issues. – Edwin Meese III, Former U.S. Attorney General

CNP holds a handful of events each year with a few hundred guests who are a veritable who’s who of the conservative movement. Past speakers have included U.S. presidents, CIA directors, presidential candidates, senators, congressmen and other leaders in politics, policy and conservative thought.

This past weekend’s event was held at the Ritz-Carlton in McLean, Va. and featured speakers like RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and potential 2016 presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio.

But the group’s choice to headline the event on Friday was none other than Alabama’s Junior Senator Jeff Sessions.

According to attendees who spoke on condition of anonymity, Sessions delivered a speech titled, “How to Champion the American Worker.” His remarks covered the entire GOP agenda — ObamaCare repeal, American energy, tax reform, etc. — but focused in particular on how to boost the party’s standing with lower-income voters through a stronger stance on trade and immigration.

“He really got the people going,” one Council for National Policy member told Yellowhammer. “You would have had to see it to really understand what I mean by that. But you’ve got to remember, these are people who are used to being in the room with presidents. It takes a lot to excite that crowd.”

Another individual who attended the event said that conservative heavyweights have started considering what the future may hold for Sessions.

“It’s probably not realistic to start throwing him around as a possible 2016 contender. The national donor network isn’t there. There are a lot of guys who have in essence been running for president for years and stoking that fire for a long time,” the conference attendee said. “But I’ll say this, Jeff Sessions will be a major player when Republicans take the Senate, if he wants to be — a real thought leader. You could envision a cabinet post in a Republican Administration, too, in 2017.”


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5 years ago

Two Alabama senators discuss potential constitutional convention at Mt. Vernon Assembly

State Sens. Trip Pittman, R-Daphne, and Arthur Orr, R-Decatur, at the Mount Vernon Assembly
State Sens. Trip Pittman, R-Daphne, and Arthur Orr, R-Decatur, at the Mount Vernon Assembly

Two Alabama state senators joined roughly 100 state legislators from 32 states at Mt. Vernon, Virginia this past weekend to discuss the ground rules of a potential convention of the states to amend the U.S. Constitution.

The idea has gained steam in the nationwide conservative grassroots community this year after conservative talk show host Mark Levin advocated for a states-led convention in his book The Liberty Amendments: Restoring the American Republic.

Article V of the U.S. Constitution says that a convention of the states can be convened if two-thirds of the state legislatures (34) approve an application for the convention to occur.

By design, that’s a high bar to clear. And the bar gets even higher when it comes to actually passing a constitutional amendment.

Each state would then choose delegates to represent them at the convention, but each state would only get one vote on proposed amendments. It takes an affirmative vote from three-fourths (38) of the states to actually amend the constitution.

In short, the convention of the states is widely viewed as a last-ditch effort to push back against an overreaching federal government. Potential amendments being kicked around include term limits on federal lawmakers and caps on taxation and spending.

Recent polling shows 74 percent of Americans support a balanced budget amendment and 75 percent support term-limiting members of congress.

But the main work at the Mount Vernon Assembly this past weekend focused not on actual amendments, but on what rules would be followed should such a convention ever be convened.

A Resolution of the Mount Vernon Assembly to prepare to write the rules for an Amendment Convention of the States was passed by voice vote subject to additional language.

“We discussed the reality that the biggest threat to America is an irresponsible Federal Government,” Alabama State Senator Trip Pittman, R-Daphne, told Yellowhammer. “Checks that need to be put on the Federal Government have not been accomplished and based on current activity appear not to be likely… 32 (states) participated in the Mount Vernon Assembly, to prepare rules and form committees within a strict framework… to discuss and build support for a possible amendment convention of the States.”

The Assembly’s focus on a “strict framework” stems from the fact that Article V leaves some ambiguity in the process, leading to some concerns that a convention of the states would be an unruly affair. Because of the unknowns, there is a healthy amount of skepticism when it comes to convening the states.

“In the course of our work advising state and federal lawmakers and conservative allies across the country, we have been giving this issue close attention and study,” said Dr. Matthew Spalding on the Heritage Foundation. “The lack of precedent, extensive unknowns, and considerable risks of an Article V amendments convention should bring sober pause to advocates of legitimate constitutional reform contemplating this avenue.”

Sen. Pittman said that several checks would have to be put in place to ease concerns over a “runaway” convention.

“We’re just meeting to put some rules and procedures in place, but this would be very structured,” he said. “The only way I’d support it is if it was a specific issue convention.”

Several resolutions would also have to be passed by the Alabama legislature dealing with the Alabama delegation to a convention, including a provision that voids any vote cast by an Alabama delegate that is outside the instructions of the Alabama legislature that sent them.

Sen. Arthur Orr, R-Decatur, also attended the Mt. Vernon Assembly, but was not immediately available for comment.

Yellowhammer will have more on the Mt. Vernon Assembly and related efforts soon.

But what do you think? Is a convention of the states a good idea? Is it needed? What amendments would you like to see?


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5 years ago

6 big losers from the AL-01 Republican primary

Dean Young
Dean Young

In what was probably the nastiest Republican primary since the 2010 gubernatorial race, former state senator Bradley Byrne outlasted businessman Dean Young to become the Republican party’s nominee for Congress in south Alabama.

We’ve already walked through 6 winners from the first congressional district Republican primary, now below are 6 losers.

DISCLAIMER: this list is no indication of whether I agree or disagree politically or philosophically with any of these individuals or groups — they simply came up short in this particular race.

LOSERS

Dean Young

Love him or hate him, Dean Young is a fighter. He went toe-to-toe with a more well-known, much better funded opponent and held his own.

Unfortunately for Young, his campaign was just plain outgunned. He’s now 0 for 4 running for public office. Young didn’t rule out running again in the future, but it’s hard to imagine him having another legitimate shot at Congress. Of course, Abraham Lincoln lost a legislative race, a couple of runs for congress and twice wasn’t able to get his state legislature to appoint him to the U.S. Senate before he won the presidency. But to paraphrase Lloyd Bentsen, Dean Young, sir, is no Abe Lincoln.

Tony Kennon

Orange Beach Mayor Tony Kennon went all in for Dean Young. “I’m supporting Dean Young for Congress,” Kennon said in a robocall (which can be heard below). “He’s an honest straight-shooter who loves you and loves your family and this country. He will stand for our conservative values while his opponent, Bradley Byrne, who is financed by big money special interests, has run a dishonest campaign full of what my daddy used to call ‘balled-faced lies.'”

Now that Young’s lost, Kennon’s a small-town mayor with a terrible relationship with his soon-to-be congressman. Oops.

Mark Levin & Erick Erickson

Levin and Erickson, two individuals with significant influence among the conservative grassroots, came out hard against Byrne.

Levin called Byrne a “moderate” and a “corporatist” and seemed to question his stance on immigration based on the fact that the Chamber of Commerce was supporting him. But here was the most interesting line of Levin’s take on the AL-01 race:

“So just based on what I’ve read, just based on biography, based on who’s taken what position and so forth — I have to endorse Dean Young.”

And while Erickson pointed out Byrne as “an establishment Republican type,” he really only had this to say about his basis for supporting Young:

“I know nothing about Dean Young other than he’s a burn-it-all-down tea party guy…”

Point is, it seems like both of these conservative champions picked their guy based solely on what they’d read in the media, rather than any personal experience they’d had with him. I’m not saying they wouldn’t have supported Dean Young had they gotten to know him, but I find it interesting that two major conservative figures inserted themselves into a race without having a personal relationship with the candidate they were touting. They ended up on the losing end of this one.

Flash polls

An automated poll (as opposed to one conducted by an actual person on the phone) by Montgomery-based political consulting firm Cygnal made the rounds a week before the election. It showed Young with a 3-point advantage over Byrne, 43%-40%. Although some pollsters expressed concerns with the poll’s accuracy shortly after it came out, it was the only public data anyone had on the race, so it got a lot of media attention. To put it plainly, the poll was off. Byrne ended up winning by 5 points, an 8-point difference from what the poll showed just days before the election.

In their defense, turnout was much higher than anyone expected, so that played a roll in the poll’s inaccuracy.

But after talking with a couple of well-known national pollsters Wednesday night, I’m more convinced than ever that it’s important to take these push-button polls with a grain of salt. “If Byrne had actually been at 40% a week before the election, he would have been toast,” one of the pollsters told me. It was fun to debate and a good way to get folks stirred up, but Yellowhammer shouldn’t have touted the Cygnal poll the way we and other outlets did. (Shoot, does that make us a loser, too?)

Our Voice PAC

The super PAC founded by failed Nevada senate candidate Sharon Angle placed a $10,000 ad buy in support of Dean Young’s candidacy in mid-September.

This below pamphlet, which says it was paid for by Our Voice PAC, also made the rounds in the First District attacking Byrne. Yellowhammer never posted it during the campaign because we couldn’t verify its authenticity.

Our Voice

Class

The frequently trumpeted idea that U.S. politics are more divisive and vitriolic than they’ve ever been is pretty much nonsense. Seriously, go read some history about the Jefferson-Adams battles when the country was in its infancy. When Barack Obama pleaded for a “return to civility,” he was calling for something that’s never really existed in U.S. political campaigns.

Check out this awesome video of the 1800 U.S. presidential campaign in the candidate’s own words:

But just like we encourage pee wee football teams to shake hands at midfield — no matter how dirty the other team played — we expect our statesmen to show humility in victory and grace in defeat.

The Byrne and Young campaigns both issued vicious attack ads with questionable accuracy (at best) during the campaign — so it’s understandable that they don’t want to have Sunday brunch with each other. But Young refused to even call Byrne to concede or congratulate him Tuesday night. He also vowed not to support him in the general election — which I suppose means he tacitly supports an ObamaCare-loving Democrat.


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5 years ago

Mark Levin and Erick Erickson back Young in AL-01 race

Dean Young
Dean Young

Congressional hopeful Dean Young got a couple of big endorsements on Thursday night from national conservative figures — conservative talk show host Mark Levin and RedState.com editor-in-chief Erick Erickson.


(Above: Mark Levin endorses Dean Young in AL-01)

“Bradley Byrne is a former Democrat,” Levin said. “He’s a moderate and he’s strongly supported by the Chamber of Commerce, which has quietly poured $185,000 into the race to help Bradley — that is Bradley Byrne — because they want to defeat Dean Young. Who’s Dean Young? Dean Young is a religious man. Dean Young is a wholly decent man. Dean Young is a lifelong conservative. Dean Young is the tea party candidate in the Republican primary. So the Chamber of Commerce has poured $185,000 quietly into this race.”

Levin then blasted the U.S. Chamber for their position on numerous issues that are important to grassroots conservatives.

“This is the same Chamber of Commerce that supports amnesty,” he said. “The same Chamber of Commerce that supported the stimulus. The same Chamber of Commerce that has trashed Ted Cruz and Mike Lee and other conservatives. They want Bradley Byrne — in other words, the corporatists, the crony capitalists. But if you believe in individual liberty and the Constitution, if you think we need more men and women in Washington that are going to stand up for you… you have an opportunity in the first district of Alabama on Tuesday to make a difference. I am sure Dean Young is being outspent. I’m sure he’s running TV commercials and radio commercials out the wazoo, defining himself and defining Dean Young in some negative way.”

“So just based on what I’ve read, just based on biography, based on who’s taken what position and so forth — I have to endorse Dean Young,” Levin concluded. “I don’t mean ‘have to,’ I want to because Dean Young is the Reagan conservative. He is the conservative in this race.”


(Above: Erick Erickson gives his take on the AL-01 race and throws his support behind Dean Young)

Meanwhile, on WSB radio in Atlanta, Red State editor Erick Erickson threw his support behind Young’s candidacy for similar reasons.

“Bradley Byrne, I supported him when he ran for governor. He’s not a bad guy,” Erickson began. “But the Chamber of Commerce is spending over $180,000 this week to support Bradley Byrne against Dean Young. Why? Because Dean Young is the tea party candidate.”

Erickson admitted Young has “some crazy views,” but called him a “constitutionalist” and “a small government guy.” Much like Levin, Erickson saw the Chamber’s support of Byrne as problematic.

“The Chamber of Commerce is stuffing $186,000 in to support Bradley Byrne,” Erickson said. “Bradley Byrne is not a tea party type. He is an establishment Republican type. He’s a nice guy, don’t get me wrong. I’ve supported him in the past. I know nothing about Dean Young other than he’s a burn-it-all-down tea party guy who would have kept the government shut down, would have stood with Ted Cruz. Bradley Byrne has made it very clear he opposed the shutdown strategy. He opposed the Ted Cruz and Mike Lee approach, and so the Chamber of Commerce is flooding money down there for him. This is going to blow up in Republicans’ face, I’m afraid.”


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5 years ago

Levin endorses Quin Hillyer for congress in AL-01


(Above: Audio of Mark Levin’s endorsement of Quin Hillyer — apologies for the low quality)

Quin Hillyer added another conservative heavyweight to his long list of endorsements yesterday when nationally syndicated talk radio host Mark Levin encouraged his listeners to support Hillyer in Alabama’s First Congressional District race.

“Quin Hillyer would be a tremendous member of congress,” Levin said. “He’s smart. He’s a constitutionalist. He’s a decent human being. I cannot support him strongly enough. So if you live in that area, turnout is everything in these special elections… I hope you will give serious consideration to my buddy Quin Hillyer. He’s absolutely terrific.”

Levin said he’s known Hillyer for 20 years and considers him a friend.

The Hillyer campaign also released a new ad this week with another well known conservative, Fox News commentator and editor of The Weekly Standard, Fred Barnes, delivering the narration.

“For more than 30 years, Quin has been in the fight for conservative public policy, which is why so many trusted conservatives are lending support to Quin’s campaign,” campaign spokesman T.J. Maloney said in a statement. “The Hillyer campaign has seen a sharp increase of support in just the last few weeks and this ad will carry us over the top.”

The ad can be seen below, followed by a transcript.

Narrated by Fred Barnes:

Hi. I’m Fred Barnes. I watch Alabama closely. My son went to school there and my daughter married an Alabama boy.

More and more top conservative reformers are joining me in supporting Mobile’s Quin Hillyer for Congress. He is a man with integrity and strong conservative principles. He also brings real know how and experience, and has a proven record of reforming Washington. Quin knows how to cut the budget. He was on the committee that actually balanced it in the 90’s. Quin exactly knows how to topple Obamacare. He’s already identified its Achilles’ heel. He can defend us against Obama’s abuses, the very ones Quin predicted five years ago. Not just talk – real insight and action.

We all trust our friend, Quin Hillyer, because for three full decades Quin has earned that trust.


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5 years ago

Mark Levin: Christie a ‘Gerald Ford Republican’

YH Chris Christie

Marco Rubio is a neo-statist.

Paul Ryan is easily shoved around.

And now Chris Christie is a Gerald Ford Republican.

Conservative talk show host Mark Levin is running out of Republicans he could support in 2016 — but given his comments to FOX’s Neil Cavuto, it seems highly unlikely he’ll be able to get behind a Christie presidential bid.

Real Clear Politics has the video and the transcript:

CAVUTO: Why don’t you like him?

LEVIN: It’s not a matter of like, he is a Gerald Ford Republican. Despite all the huffing and puffing, your home state of New Jersey is still a financial disaster. Is he better than the Democrats that preceded him? Yes. What isn’t and who isn’t? I’m all for that. But he didn’t sign on to challenge Obamacare. Why not? That was a free — he didn’t have to pay a cent to do that. In my view, he is weak on immigration reform, he’s an amnesty guy. He’s a greeny when it comes to the EPA. He just signed 10 out of 15 gun control laws.

Levin did later say in the interview he liked Sens. Ted Cruz and Rand Paul as well as Gov. Scott Walker.


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