Monday, Tea Party Express announced that it had endorsed Madison County Commission chairman Dale Strong in his bid for Alabama’s open fifth congressional district seat.
Founded in 2009, Tea Party Express actively promotes the campaigns of conservative candidates seeking election to federal and state offices.
The grassroots organization, which was best known in its earlier days for its fierce opposition to the Obama administration, advocates for lower taxes, smaller government, less federal spending and increased individual liberty.
In a statement announcing the endorsement, Tea Party Express co-founder and chief strategist Sal Russo praised Strong for his efforts to enact conservative reforms throughout his tenure on the Madison County Commission.
“Dale Strong is a battle-tested fiscal conservative with the experience needed to take on the liberal spenders in Washington, D.C.,” asserted Russo. “He knows how to do more with less, and as Chairman of the Madison County Commission, he cut spending and installed fiscally-sound polices to enhance economic development, resulting in more than 26,000 jobs being brought to the community.”
“Dale reversed the financial trainwreck and 8.2% unemployment rate he inherited in Alabama, and I’m confident he’ll continue to push for pro-business policies at the national level when he is elected,” he added. “In fact, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce recently endorsed his candidacy, recognizing Dale’s ability to lead the charge and stop the skyrocketing inflation destroying our economy.”
According to Russo, Strong would serve as an “effective” member of the House GOP Caucus in seeking solution-oriented legislation to issues facing the nation.
“It takes more than voting ‘no’ all the time to be an effective Congressman, and Dale has demonstrated time and time again that he knows how to find solutions to problems his constituents in Alabama have faced without looking to grow the size and intrusiveness of government,” continued the Tea Party Express leader. “That is the kind of leadership we need so badly in Washington.”
Russo made mention of Strong’s community involvement and support of the first responder community.
“In addition to his pro-business credentials, Dale is truly a servant leader,” he advised. “As a life-long Alabamian, Dale has answered the call to service and dedicated his entire life to faithfully helping the people of Alabama. From his humble beginnings of working at his father’s country store before school to his current volunteer roles as a firefighter and EMT, Dale understands the importance of serving alongside members of his community to truly assess their needs.”
Russo concluded, “Many candidates running for office talk a good-game, but Dale’s background and proven results of cutting taxes and providing economic opportunities to Alabamians speak volumes. His decades of service to his community and ability to get things done, like improving Alabama’s infrastructure without raising taxes on Alabamians, make him a solid candidate. I’m confident Dale will be a fierce fighter for our Tea Party principles in Washington, D.C., and we are pleased to give him our full endorsement.”
Strong faces former Huntsville City Schools superintendent Casey Wardynski in Tuesday’s Republican primary runoff election.
The candidate that earns the GOP nod will face Democratic Party nominee Kathy Warner-Stanton in the November 8 general election to determine who will replace outgoing U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville).
Dylan Smith is a staff writer for Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @DylanSmithAL