If you are not from Alabama District 1, you probably do not know much about the congressional race to replace Rep Jo Bonner. However, it has gotten a little bit of national attention so there’s a slim chance you have. If you live in Alabama District 1, then you should know a lot about this race (even if you TRY to get away from politics). If you watch tv, you probably have seen one of those nasty ads from both republican campaigns.
Alabama District 1 is largely a republican district. After all, Jo Bonner has been the representative for eleven years. Jo Bonner finally decided to retire from Congress and get, yet another, retirement package. He now has retired from US Congress and he will also be retiring from the state because he has a job with the University of Alabama now. That’s an entirely different topic though and not relevant. Jo Bonner has done some good for lower Alabama. I’m not going to take that away from him. But, he has definitely been a “moderate” politically while serving in D.C. He has voted for the bailouts, TARP, supported wire-tapping and the NSA PRISM act, and more. He does not have any libertarian principles I believe.
So the election is going on right now and yesterday we had the run-off election for the GOP. The race was between Bradley Byrne (who ran for governor against the current Governer Robert Bentley) and Dean Young (someone who calls himself a “business man”, but probably should use that term loosely). The media is making it out like this election means a lot because you have on one side an establishment republican and on the other side you have a “tea party” conservative. Personally, I do not believe this is the case. I think both of these candidates are leaning more towards the “establishment” type republican, but I absolutely do not think either candidate has a whole lot of libertarian principles.
At first, I supported Dean Young in the primary election. I will be honest and say I didn’t do my complete research and only looked at the basics. After further research and information that came out, I could not pull myself to vote for him in the run-off election. Even if he is a “tea party” candidate, he is crazy. He has a very strange obsession with Judge Roy Moore (who I do not support either) and he has nothing good to say about homosexuals. Just because you are against something socially, like homosexuality, doesn’t mean you have to make it illegal in the federal government. But, that is a whole new topic that I MIGHT attempt one day.
So, yesterday, I did vote. And I did vote for Bradley Byrne. I hate to say that I voted for the “lesser of two evils”, but I kind of did. Neither candidate do I really support and neither candidate do I really think has the libertarian/limited government/constitutional principles that I would like. But, the fact is, we are in District 1 which is a primary republican district so we have to “deal with” these candidates at the moment.
But, I will end with some good news. I love it when there is an independent in the race. They may not have a big chance at winning. They may not even get the recognition they deserve. But, they are there. Everyone is pretty much getting ready for Bradley Byrne to be the next congressman for Alabama District 1. But, wouldn’t it be cool if we had a miracle happen and we elected James Hall to represent district 1 in D.C. James Hall is an independent running and will be, or should be, on the ballot for the general election (as well as the democrat candidate, Leflore). There isn’t much being said about James Hall, but I researched him and talked to him on Facebook and he is very down to earth. He is a TRUE businessman and while isn’t RUNNING on the libertarian ticket nor does he even classify himself as a libertarian, he has some good libertarian principles that I feel are much-needed in Washington right now.
So, I encourage you to check out James Hall for Congress on Facebook and learn more about him. You should even message/post him some questions because he does reply to them. Let’s send a message to the GOP that says we are tired of the “establishment” republicans that are on the ballot year after year, even if they are disguised as lunatic “tea party” ones.