Bill Armistead of Columbiana has been elected as the new chairman of the Alabama Republican Party. Bill, a former member of the state Senate, takes over from the Legislature’s new Speaker of the House, Mike Hubbard of Auburn. According to the new chairman, the GOP won’t look back to 2010. Instead, Bill said that “the fight has just begun against the Democrats.” He added that the GOP is “marching forward to victory in 2012.”
Bill cautioned Republicans to watch out for Democrats trying to interfere in party elections with either crossover voting or running as “pretend Republicans” in future elections. He is appointing a committee to examine ideas such as party registration and other ways to make certain real Republicans are running the Republican Party. Bill ran for the position against state Rep. Jay Love of Montgomery in an election by the State Republican Executive Committee. Many observers believed Jay would be elected, but it appears the old line Republicans were able to elect their man. It will be interesting to see how this move works out.
Source: Birmingham News
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