Skip to comments.Roby announces run for Congress (AL)
Posted on 05/22/2009 4:20:53 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued
Montgomery City Councilwoman Martha Roby has confirmed that she is going to run for Congressional District 2 in Alabama.
In a statement to WSFA 12 News, Roby says that she has filed her Statement of Candidacy and Statement of Organization with the Federal Election Commission, which allows her to begin to raise the resources necessary for a campaign.
"For the past six years on the Montgomery City Council, I've used common-sense leadership and conservative Alabama values to guide my decision making, and in Congress I will continue to apply those same principles when seeking solutions to get this country back on track."
"This election is about the hardworking people that want to live, work and raise a family here in central and southeast Alabama. I will continue to listen to these voters in the coming months as we work to build a grassroots campaign based on the leadership that Alabama families are calling for in Washington."
"Riley and I are both humbled and gratified at the tremendous amount of encouragement we've received. We're excited about this opportunity and look forward to a great campaign."
A more formal and official announcement tour launching the campaign will be made at a later date.
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She sounds like a good candidate. I hope she wins.
One drawback - she's another damned lawyer.
Bobby "Dim" needs to go.
I was backing Harri Anne Smith last year, but couldn’t believe her disgusting and insane conduct after Jay Love bested her in the primary run-off, which essentially handed the office to Bobby Bright (she endorsed Bright !). Bright at least isn’t voting like a moonbat, but I think Love deserves another shot at the seat he lost solely due to Smith’s sour grapes. Smith also deserves to lose her State Senate seat (or be stripped of the nomination if she gets it next year).
Boy, they have some good recruiting going on. Right now there are three or four threads up about new Congressional candidates running 18 months before the election. A good sign.
Of course, good recruiting is only half the battle. These candidates will need craploads of $$, and we’re going to be at a disadvantage in that department.
Well at the moment the three GOP committees are well ahead of the Dems. I also think that business fat cats will be less enthusiastic about Obama in 2010 than in 2008 (I know, much cash just goes to buy access, but some of these idiots actually supported O. Since his administration is now saying that unemployment will still be increasing in the second half of next year, there will be a lot less of that attitude.)
We’ll see how it goes. If we do well, we might be able to substantially close the gap in the House (we’d have to gain 40 to take a paper-thin lead). Sadly, the Senate is a different ball of wax. We could still drop to anywhere from 35-38 because of our poor recruits and lack of targets. If we hold our current numbers and take 1 or 2, that will be a triumph for us (but yet still inexcusable). As it stands, we still have yet to take a single victory in the special elections. We blew NY, which should’ve been ours, ignored IL-5, and are STILL ignoring the two specials in CA. Party leadership is non-existent.
As far as I am concerned, the national party should raise cash and stay the h*ll out of candidate recruitment. Look who they support — Spector, Crist, Arnold in California, etc. etc. Let local parties find candidates, and the national party shut up and hand over the money!
I think the national wing does have a role to play with recruitment (to a degree), but they’ve been doing a horrible job as of late and erring to the side of left-wingers and establishment types. Sadly, sometimes the state parties are scarcely better and sometimes even worse (the FL GOP Chair is a huge RINO and Crist ally, ditto MA and IL). But the national party will simply not agree to shut up and turn over the money without some control. It’s sad we’ve got to fight two wars, firstly against our own party (often leaving us too weak and depleted) and then against the rodents in the general. We’re lucky just to get past the first part before we get slaughtered facing the second. Never could I have believed these people would’ve ever ended up being a more dangerous opponent than the Democrats. It’s almost as if they WANT to run interference for their leftist friends in power.
To be fair, it is mostly the Senatorial Committee, they seem to be far worse than the RCCC and the RNC.
Clearly, though the RNC itself seems to be headed in that direction. Steele is clearly not up to the job. I was supporting Katon Dawson (with Blackwell as my 2nd choice).
In the last few days Steele seems to be shaping up somewhat. We shall see.
I think you’re mistaken in this case. I don’t support Smith’s overreaction to her defeat, but she had valid reason to be bitter. The NRCC meddled into this race because Love was more “their” kind of Republican (i.e., country club). And a lot of establishment types in Alabama did the same thing.
Smith was actually the more conservative candidate, but Love repeatedly lied about her record during the priamry. In fact, retiring incumbent Terry Everett denounced the nastiness of the primary. Smith was not the only local Republican official to endorse Bobby Bright in the general election. Not that supporting Bright was a good thing, but Jay Love was a bad candidate. John McCain won 64% in that Congressional district. How many other serious Republican candidates ran 15 points behind McCain last year?
Backing the rat is a deal breaker for Smith’s political future.
A state senator name of Craig Romero did the same thing in Louisiana when he endorsed the rat Melancon, after Billy Tauzin III made the runoff instead of him. (he also didn’t back Jindal in 2003 this Romero). Melancon won by a hair, same as Dim.
Both races were close enough that the Quislings could have have tipped the scales.
I don’t know which candidate Roby or Love (not running for certain) is better or stronger.
Roby should be used to dealing with Dim from when he was Mayor.
As I said, I wasn’t supporting Love in the primary (nor runoff), but we needed every single possible seat last year to hold (for obvious reasons). If Love turned out to be a dud in Congress, she could’ve challenged him again, but to openly endorse Bright was crazy. I viewed it akin to Gilchrest endorsing the Dem in MD-1. She probably had enough of her supporters that either didn’t cast a vote or voted for Bright in protest.
I’d imagine Wayne Parker in the 5th (and he was a perennial/2nd tier candidate) also ran roughly the same behind McCain.
Getting back to Bright for a moment, I know at one point he was undecided which party he was going to run for Congress under (although he was a Dem Mayor, ostensibly claiming to be a non-partisan), and probably the ‘06 results sealed the deal that he’d be willing to run as a Dem despite the GOP lean of the seat (remember, too, Terry Everett BARELY won over George Wallace, Jr. in ‘92). Bright voting as he apparently is, especially against Porkulus (as did Griffith in the 5th) are going to make it that much harder to remove him from office. Even if we get a 1st tier candidate, it may end up like the problem we had in not being able to beat Ben Erdreich when he took a formerly GOP seat (and we had a first-tier challenger in his 2nd run in ‘84, and still came up quite short). Despite Love’s problems, it was important to get him (and Parker) into those seats, and now, at least until redistricting, it may be impossible to dislodge either.