State chair speaks at Jasper rally
by Daniel Gaddy
May 12, 2012 | 1236 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Alabama Democratic Chairman Mark Kennedy speaks to Judge Hoyt Elliott during a rally in Jasper Thursday. Photo by: Daniel Gaddy
Alabama Democratic Chairman Mark Kennedy speaks to Judge Hoyt Elliott during a rally in Jasper Thursday. Photo by: Daniel Gaddy
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Around 50 people attended the Walker County Democratic Party Rally Thursday to hear state party chairman Mark Kennedy speak about communicating their message.

“We have got to keep the faith, and we have to turn off Fox News,” Kennedy said.

Kennedy told the crowd that the Republican party has fooled much of the middle class into voting against their own interests.

“The Republican party could care less if you eat beans or steaks for dinner tonight,” he said.

Though the Democratic Party is often criticized for not having a coherent platform, Kennedy said the political organization has three fundamental tenets: education, economic opportunity and equality.

In regard to education, Kennedy said the public school system “is the great equalizer among us,” and he would not have become an Alabama Supreme Court justice without it.

Kennedy said recent legislation seeking to create charter schools is an attack on public education. He said those bills are drafted by companies that want to set up a school at a strip mall, bleed it of all public funds and then leave town.

“Don’t let these folks fool you,” he said.

While speaking about equality, Kennedy pointed to recent Republican-sponsored legislation requiring all women to undergo an ultrasound before having an abortion.

“No woman in Alabama should ever vote for a Republican again,” he said.

He also said voter ID laws have nothing to do with voter fraud and pointed to Secretary of State Beth Chapman prosecuting no one for the crime. He said the bill, however, has everything to do with suppressing the votes of the elderly, African Americans and college students — people who often vote for Democrats.

In regard to economic opportunity, Kennedy said the Democratic Party is working to ensure corporations pay their fair share of state taxes. He asked the crowd how much they believe Walmart or Target pays in taxes to Alabama.

“Zero,” he answered.

Kennedy also stressed to rally goers the importance organizing and raising funds.

“Don’t get excited and then just go home and do nothing — help your chairman,” he said, referring to local Democratic Party chairman Nath Camp.