Election 2012 Should Be a ‘Wakeup Call’ for Republicans

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On election day 2012, Americans embraced building a bright future for all, instead of for just a few, and rejected the ugly politics of division, according to a statement just issued by the Alabama Democratic Party.

“It is a great victory not just for Democrats but for us all,” Mark Kennedy, chairman of the Alabama Democratic Party, said in a statement issued Wednesday afternoon.

Alabama Republican Party chairman Bill Armistead has been saying for months that Alabama Republicans were focused on a strategy “from the court house to the White House,” Kennedy said. “They failed.”

Democrats came out on top in many of the local races that the Republicans targeted, and Alabama Democrats still maintain a majority of local offices in Alabama, he said.

“Despite the efforts of Richard Shelby and Governor Bentley, Democrats held the Probate Judge’s office in Tuscaloosa County right in Governor Bentley’s back yard, and Democrats swept every Republican in Jefferson County out of office. Armistead’s Battleground Patriots program of sending volunteers to battleground states didn’t stop the president and vice president from being re-elected handily and it didn’t stop Democrats from picking up seats in both chambers of Congress,” Kennedy said.

On the close race between Judge Roy Moore and Judge Bob Vance for state Supreme Court Chief Justice, he said, “it is amazing to think that only two months ago Judge Bob Vance was not even contemplating a run for statewide office.”

As for Twinkle Cavanaugh’s win over Lucy Baxley for Public Service Commission, he said, she “will not get a bigger office, a bigger staff, or more responsibilities when she switches her nameplate at the Public Service Commission, but Bill Armistead may feel vindicated for being so badly embarrassed by Lucy Baxley in the 2002 Lt. Governor’s debate.”

The closeness of last night’s results should also be a wakeup call for state Republicans, Kennedy said.

“The people of Alabama are not happy that instead of doing the job they were sent to Montgomery to do, Republican leaders have abdicated their responsibilities and focused their time and energy on petty politics and political games,” he said.

© 2012, Glynn Wilson. All rights reserved.

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