Conservatives aim to turn state a deeper shade of red.
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Barber isn’t the only military veteran with Tea Party support seeking a congressional seat in Alabama this year. In the state’s 5th District, former Navy aviator Les Phillip is challenging Rep. Parker Griffith, whose switch from Democrat to Republican made headlines last month.
A native of Trinidad who came to the United States with his parents when he was 8, Phillip could become the first black Republican elected to Congress from the Deep South since Reconstruction. His message of American exceptionalism and limited government draws enthusiastic applause at Tea Party events and has earned the endorsement of Mike Huckabee.
As with Barber’s primary contest with Roby in the 2nd District, however, Phillip finds himself contending against the GOP establishment. The NRCC is pledged to support Griffith, as a spokesman for the campaign committee explained last month: “Parker Griffith is now a member of the Republican conference, and by definition the NRCC is the political arm of the House political conference. He is in effect a member of the NRCC.”
Campaigns by political newcomers like Barber and Phillip show how energized Alabama Republicans are in 2010, according to the state party’s executive director. “We’ve got so many people who have never run for office before,” Ross said. “They’re saying, ‘I’ve got to step up and do my part.’”
Odom is also stepping up to do his part as a Tea Party activist. The 47-year-old Dothan trucker explained that, before being inspired by Fox News host Glenn Beck to join the movement, he hadn’t considered himself responsible for the failures of government.
“I always said, ‘It’s the politicians’ fault,’ but it’s not,” Odom said. “It’s ‘We the People.’ It’s our fault, because we let it happen.”
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H/T to National Review Online