Personnel note: Eagle Forum of Alabama names Becky Gerritson Executive Director

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The Eagle Forum of Alabama has named a new executive director.

On Thursday, Eagle Forum of Alabama President Eunie Smith and Foundation President Jim Cooper announced Becky Gerritson announced Becky Gerriston will fill the vacancy left by Deborah Love, who was the past Executive Director through Sept. 2018.

Gerritson,the fiery Wetumpka Tea Party co-founder and President, exploded on to the political scene in 2013 garnering national attention when she testified before Congress having been politically targeted by the IRS.  In 2016, she received Heritage Action Sentinel’s Firewall for Freedom Award, was named in Yellowhammer’s 2017 Power and Influence List, and was on AL.com Twenty Most Influential List in 2015. She was also a Republican candidate for Congress in Alabama’s 2nd U.S. District in 2016. 

“It is an honor to welcome Becky Gerritson as our Executive Director,” Smith said. “Becky is an effective conservative leader with a long history of championing the values that Eagle Forum exists to preserve. I have every confidence in Becky’s leadership abilities, and I believe that as Eagle Forum of Alabama  Executive Director she will continue to be a bold and respected voice of conviction, principle, and informed policy in Alabama.”

Gerritson said she is thrilled to join the group.

“Eagle Forum has been an influential powerhouse of principled conservative thought and grassroots activism for decades,” Gerritson said Thursday. “I am thrilled to be on the leadership team of this incredible organization.  As Alabama moves into 2019 and beyond, it is crucial that our principled conservative voice be stronger and more compelling than ever.  I look forward to continuing the fight for our future and our republic with Eagle Forum of Alabama.” 

Conservative icon Phyllis Schafly, who founded the  Eagle Forum PAC, a conservative public policy organization that supports candidates who are committed to a conservative philosophy of limited government, national sovereignty and traditional values and served as chairman of its board until her death, in 2016 wrote a glowing endorsement of Gerritson during her Congressional run.

“Becky Gerritson is a proven leader. She understands that sound governance doesn’t mean just passing bills that the president will sign, as the current Congress continues to do,” said Schafly. “She knows that sound governance means upholding and defending the Constitution, protecting the security of the American people, and defending the values that have made our country great. Her dedication and passion for the conservative cause has been seen not only by Alabamians but by the nation as she has fearlessly and tirelessly fought against the progressive agenda and big government.”