Former Auburn head football coach Tommy Tuberville caused a stir on Monday when he took a shot at the annual Opelika Christmas parade for featuring a drag queen show of characters from the movie “Mean Girls.”
Tuberville, who has been reliably conservative in his stance on social issues throughout the campaign, vented his frustration with the display on Facebook.
“Hard to believe that right in my own backyard the city of Opelika allows drag queens in the city Christmas Parade which was held this weekend. What is next?” the former football coach wrote.
In a follow-up statement given to Yellowhammer News, Tuberville suggested his criticism was justified.
“Christmas is about celebrating with family,” Tuberville said. “Our public celebrations ought to be family-friendly for young and old.”
This is not Tuberville’s first dust-up with the city of Opelika over social issue policy. He criticized “the politically correct crowd” earlier this year after the Opelika City School system moved to ban pregame prayers.
Tuberville, who hails from nearby Auburn, will need a strong showing in Opelika and the rest of Lee County to bolster his chances in the 2020 GOP primary on March 3. Lee County went for Donald Trump in 2016 by a 58%-36% margin over then-Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. However, with a much lower turnout in 2017, the county went for Democrat Doug Jones over Republican Roy Moore by a 58%-to-41% margin.
Tuberville has the backing of at least one prominent Lee County politician in Sen. Tom Whatley (R-Auburn). However, Tuberville’s opponent U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-Fairhope) has the backing of Opelika Mayor Gary Fuller.