The White House campaign of Sen. Marco Rubio announced late last week that two Republican statehouse stalwarts will co-chair Rubio’s presidential efforts in Alabama.
Former state GOP chairman and state Sen. Bill Armistead and Rep. Will Ainsworth will serve as state chairs for the junior senator from Florida as he fights his way through a deep Republican field eager for Southern votes in 2016’s new “SEC primary.”
“It is a great honor to be chosen by Senator Marco Rubio to co-chair his presidential campaign in Alabama,” said Armistead in a statement. “He is not only the future of the Republican Party but also the future of America.
“If you have seen the debates you know that he, better than anyone else, is the best candidate to debate and defeat Hillary. I encourage all conservatives to rally around Senator Rubio and together we will elect him as our next President,” said an effusive Armistead.
Rep. Ainsworth, elected to the state House in 2014’s conservative-leaning midterms, agreed heartily with Armistead while also taking a jab at former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, whose poll numbers in Alabama and around the nation have lagged of late.
“I’m excited and humbled to be Co-Chairing Alabama for Marco Rubio,” said Ainsworth. “If we continue to elect the leaders of yesterday, Washington will never change and that’s why I proudly support Marco Rubio. Marco’s plan for a New American Economy will create jobs and ensure that our country remains vibrant in the 21st Century.”
Alabama’s presidential preference primaries – like that of Tennessee, Virginia, Arkansas, Georgia and Texas, united for the first time in modern history – are set to take place March 1st.
The most recent available national poll, released by Public Policy Polling on November 1, placed Rubio in 4th place with 10 percent of the vote, behind nontraditional candidates Donald Trump and Ben Carson as well as Texas U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz.