U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks, left, and Roy Moore, right, will be special guests of the Cullman County Republican Party at a dinner Friday night, July 28, 2017. Sen. Luther Strange has not confirmed his attendance. / Images courtesy of the U.S. House of Representatives and the State of Alabama
CULLMAN – The Cullman County Republican Party’s executive committee will host a U.S. Senate candidate dinner at the Cullman Civic Center on Friday, July 28 at 6 p.m., with leading candidates Roy Moore and U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks as special guests. Tickets to the event are $50, with proceeds going to the local party to support campaigning and charitable work.
Moore and Brooks lead the pack of 10 Republicans vying for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Sen. Luther Strange. There are also eight Democrats in the running.
When U.S. Attorney Gen. Jeff Sessions was confirmed by the Senate in February, former Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley was tasked with temporarily filling the Senate seat vacated by Sessions until a special election could be held. Bentley chose Luther Strange, the Alabama attorney general who had recently called off an investigation into the governor’s allegedly illegal activities.
Gov. Kay Ivey, who took control of the state after an embattled Bentley resigned on April 10, moved up the special election, which Bentley had set to coincide with the regular 2018 election, to this year. Party primaries will take place Aug. 15; runoffs, if needed, are scheduled for Sept. 26. The election will take place on Dec. 12.
Strange has been invited to the Cullman dinner, but there is currently a scheduling conflict. Strange hasn’t confirmed a surrogate, but many options are available if the conflict cannot be resolved.
Waid Harbison, chair of the Cullman County Republican Party, said, “We’re really excited to have the leading senate candidates come to town.”
Harbison also commented on the possibility of Strange’s absence and the significance of the event. “We’re waiting on confirmation form Sen. Strange. After talking to people in his campaign, we are fairly confident that he will be able to attend. The stakes are high; given the date, people are really starting to look at who they’re going to vote for.”
The local party will also recognize distinguished members, said Harbison. “We’re excited to recognize everybody. Our executive committee has been working really hard on getting the word out and selling tickets.”
A silent auction will also take place at the event.
For more information, visit http://qrne.ws/gopdinner.
Read more about all 18 candidates at http://qrne.ws/specialelection.
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