Alabama’s GOP Senate hopefuls meet in Oxford for debate

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The Calhoun County Republican Party hosted a candidate forum Tuesday night for the state’s GOP Senate hopefuls.

Randy Brinson, Mo Brooks, Roy Moore and Trip Pittman (left to right), at the candidate forum, Tuesday June 20, 2017. [Photo courtesy of the Calhoun County Republican Party]

Christian Coalition president Randy Brinson, Alabama 5th District U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks, former Chief Justice Roy Moore and state Sen. Trip Pittman were all in attendance for the Oxford, Ala. debate.

“We are honored to have the opportunity to host this event, as this is such an important election,” Calhoun County Republican Party Chairman James Bennett said. “This is a great accomplishment for our local party and for our community.”

Moderated by radio personality Jay Holland, the debate featured panelists in diverse areas of expertise who queried the candidates throughout the evening, as they jockeyed for support from the crowd.

Panelists included:

  1. Former Congressman Dr. Glen Browder Professor Emiratis Jacksonville State University.
  2. Lt Colonel Brian Reed, U.S. Army Retired, former faculty member West Point
  3. Dr. William Lester, Professor Political Science, Jacksonville State University, Fulbright Scholar and published author
  4. Larry Huff, Executive Editor of Yellowhammer News, statewide online publication

Sen. Luther Strange, who was appointed to the seat in February following its vacancy when Jeff Sessions accepted the U.S. Attorney position, was invited to the forum but was unable to attend.

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