Lack of exposure, support hurts Alabama Democratic Party

ALABAMA (WHNT) — Long before the start of the election cycle, all political indicators pointed to a rocky road ahead for the Alabama Democratic Party heading into the 2022 midterm elections.

The lack of exposure, funding, and media access to candidates has led to complete Republican dominance in every state, city, and county.

Newly elected Alabama Democratic Party Chairman Randy Kelley told News 19 that Alabama Republicans may have no principles, but the state’s Democratic Party currently has no pulse.

Many voters and candidates in the state will not disagree with the last part of this statement.

The notoriety of a political debate is one of the keys of any candidate in the elections.

“It’s part of the American tradition and it’s the best way for people to find out about their candidates,” said Dean Odle, a former gubernatorial candidate.

As the Alabama Republican Party dominated all races on Tuesday, the lack of notoriety of nearly all Democratic candidates was poorly exposed. Why did this happen?

A look at the Alabama Democrats’ Twitter account showed there hadn’t been a tweet since August 11.

Media access to candidates in major state races was also a factor. Contact with gubernatorial candidate Yolanda Flowers and congressional candidate Kathy Warner-Stanton in particular depended entirely on their response to their cellphones.

Kelley summed it up uniquely.

“The Democratic Party is not just any candidate campaign committee,” he explained. “The candidate must run his own campaign.”

This point has facts, but the leader of the party holds the office for the candidates. During her concession speech, Yolanda Flowers said she received no help from her party chairman or anyone else.

“I’ve only been here two months but I’m not going to do a miracle in two months,” Kelley explained. “But I wish I could.”

In a letter written to members of the state Democratic Committee on the day of the midterm elections, Kelley accused Vice President Tabitha Isner of refusing to accept the results of a leadership election and challenging her leadership abilities. Isner has since denied that charge, but Kelley has vowed to change the party’s leadership.

“What I’m going to do with the Democratic Party is build a coalition,” Kelley concluded. “I tend to say that people have common values ​​and common issues, but they are often divided.”

Kelley admitted that Alabama Democrats have a long way to go to choose the right candidates, but that this election cycle was not his fault.


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