‘Big Luther’ makes campaign stop in Jasper
by W. Brian Hale
Sep 29, 2010 | 1950 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Luther Strange, the Republican candidate for attorney general, greets supporters Tuesday night in Jasper at a fundraiser for the Walker County Republican Party. Photo by: James Phillips
Luther Strange, the Republican candidate for attorney general, greets supporters Tuesday night in Jasper at a fundraiser for the Walker County Republican Party. Photo by: James Phillips
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Luther Strange, the Republican nominee for Attorney General, spoke at the Walker County Republican Party’s fundraiser on Tuesday evening at the Community Health Systems activities center in downtown Jasper.

Strange, who is facing Democratic challenger James Anderson for the office currently held by the departing Troy King, said that the 2010 elections are going to be “defining — both state wide and nationally”.

“We have a challenge, not only here in Alabama but across the country to re-establish our principles and our values,” Strange said. “I learned my values from two of the hardest working people that I have ever known: my parents. It’s the values of the Republican party — honesty, integrity, and accountability. Those values followed me throughout my entire life — personally and professionally. These are the same values I plan on carrying with me into the attorney general’s office if I am elected.”

Cooperation between the attorney general’s and governor’s office is a key issue for Strange, which he says is crucial for the needs of the state.

“There’s been problems as of late with cooperation between those offices,” Strange said. “I can tell you that this is something I’m placing as a top priority in my campaign and if I am elected. I will work hard to make sure that both the attorney general’s office communicates with the governor’s office and that we are on the same page on key issues.”

Corruption within state and local government offices is also very important to Strange, citing Alabama’s ranking in some polls as one of the most politically corrupt states in the country.

“I’ve seen polls that rank us as high as No. 4 in the nation for governmental corruption,” Strange said. “That has got to change. It’s a big deal, one I plan on addressing aggressively. It’s not only embarrassing, but it’s also crippling in terms of our future potential economic growth. Other states can use that against us for recruiting businesses, and that’s why we have to have it cleaned up. It’s time for the attorney general’s office to step up and get this matter resolved as soon as possible so Alabama can further prosper the way we all know it can.”

Strange has been both impressed and pleased with the enthusiasm he has seen for the Republican party going into the Nov. 2 election and encourages all candidates to continue their campaigning efforts to garner more support for the party.

“People are really fired up and ready to vote,” he said. “I like where we are right now. We are doing well, we are leading and citizens really want to vote for us. We have to continue this positive energy. We can’t be complacent, we have to continue to campaign hard and show the people we are committed to bringing about the change they are wanting.”