Editor’s Note: This is an opinion column.
By Paul DeMarco
We are weeks away from two of the most expensive Alabama Governor and Senate elections in state history.
Millions of dollars have poured into both, with a lot of it coming from out-of-state donors. And the money and campaign commercials coming in from these political action committees should come with a warning – beware of the following representations. Some of the ads running on radio and television stretch are more myths, while others are closer to reality.
Now Alabama voters are a very independent lot who don’t like being told what to do. The state’s motto, “We Dare Defend Our Rights,” perfectly reflects the attitude Alabama residents hold when it comes to politics, which is always a strong doubt for outside opinions.
And thus, with so many campaign ads running as we approach the state’s May 24 party primary elections, sorting out fact from fiction is sometimes challenging. Of course, all candidates are working hard to persuade voters that they are the most conservative.
Now more than ever, those heading to the ballot box have to do their homework to determine the truth about the candidates. Those candidates that prevail will have done the best to show that they will lead with the same values as Alabama citizens.
Alabama has an important election ahead, and more than ever, we need informed voters headed to the polls.
Paul DeMarco is a former member of the Alabama House of Representatives.