The 2016 presidential campaign of Jeb Bush has featured an unusual focus on Alabama amid the south’s new “SEC primary,” and the former Florida governor’s efforts continued to yield fruit this week.
You can add state Sens. Steve Livingston, Gerald Dial and Jimmy Holley to his list of elected supporters, according to an announcement on Thursday.
The trio of Montgomery lawmakers cited his conservative bona fides and experience in discussing why they chose Jeb over, say, Donald Trump or Dr. Ben Carson, who according to recent polls are leading Bush in the Yellowhammer State.
“I have a lot of experience in the energy field, and Jeb’s plan to unleash America’s oil and natural gas reserves as economic drivers is brilliant. Jeb is decisively laying out an agenda that will create jobs and opportunity in Alabama, and that’s I am endorsing him for President,” said Steve Livingston in a statement.
Gerald Dial seemed to get take a dig at both Washington and his non-traditional opponent in Trump, whose blustery rhetoric has powered his campaign.
“I am a big fan of Jeb’s record in Florida, because it shows he’s more than just talk. If Jeb tells you he’s going to reform the tax code, cut spending, and roll back Obama’s oppressive regulations, then he’s going to do it. His long record as one of the most conservative governors proves it, and I’m proud to sign on to his campaign. We need a president with a proven record of action, not talking,” said Dial.
“I’m one of the most conservative legislators in Alabama, and I firmly believe Jeb Bush’s record and agenda shows he’ll govern this nation as a pro-growth conservative,” said Jimmy Holley. “We need a leader to restore America’s economy and its presence in the world, and I think Jeb Bush has the record and platform to get the job done. The Republican Party should nominate Jeb, and the country would do well to send him to the White House.”
In recent weeks, Bush has picked up the endorsements of U.S. Congressman Mike Rogers, Board of Education member Mary Scott Hunter, and State Sen. J.T. Waggoner.