Some political experts believe the Tea Party movement in Alabama will be a major factor during this election year. While I believe it’s too early to tell how much of an impact the groups will have, I do believe they will have an impact. So far none of the dozens of Tea Party groups have registered as a political action committee, which would allow them to raise money and contribute to campaigns. It’s not certain, according to informed sources, if the groups will even endorse candidates.
It’s evident that a number of Tea Party rallies across Alabama have drawn some pretty big crowds. A few statewide candidates – all Republicans – have tried to latch on to the movement. In this election year, I believe Roy Moore will be the most likely beneficiary of the Tea Party movement insofar as votes are concerned. Tim James, Bill Johnson, George Wallace, and Kay Ivey are also “courting” the Tea Party groups. But they don’t seem to fit into the movement as well as does the former Chief Justice. In any event, it will be interesting to see how the connection between the Tea Party groups and political campaigns works out for the candidates.
Source: Associated Press
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