Declaring that it’s time for a “new generation of strong conservatives” to send career politicians “focused on enriching themselves” packing, former Alabama State Senator Shadrack McGill address a crowd of dozens in Scottsboro yesterday. McGill plans to challenge Richard Shelby in the March 1 primary.
Fresh off a failed attempt in 2014 to become Jackson County’s Revenue Commissioner, McGill explained that he was running for Senate because (of course) the Lord asked him to. McGill is sure he’s just the right person to fight for Christian values, fight ISIS, fight jihad, and support our troops and veterans.
With his prepared speech resting on a music stand, it appeared at times that McGill and the crowd were all hearing the speech for the first time. Really, is it that difficult to practice beforehand? At approximately 10 minutes, his address was long on platitudes (“pass the torch,” “support troops and veterans,” “Christian values being destroyed,” etc.) and painfully short on specifics. When pressed by reporters after his speech had concluded, McGill was either unwilling or unable to articulate any coherent reason he thinks Shelby needs to be replaced.
He finally offered one reason: Shelby is against Planned Parenthood, but not opposed enough. “It’s easy to give a vote,” McGill explained, referring to Shelby’s vote to defund Planned Parenthood. But Shelby is not enough of a leader on the issue and Alabama needs a “stronger voice.”
McGill admitted that he made few friends during his four years in Montgomery. “I rolled my sleeves and did what I had to do,” he said, while also admitting (bragging?) about the times he stood alone among legislators. Those are great optics, but let’s be serious. McGill’s tenure in the legislature was no “Mr. Smith Goes To Washington” extravaganza.
About 35 people attended the event, and the majority of them appeared to be too young to vote. But keep in mind that the McGills have 6 kids and his minister has a round dozen (although one is in military service), and you have almost half the crowd right there.
Well campers, the McGill’s are taking their SD-08 carnival show on the road. Keep watch for a performance near you! McGill knows he’s an underdog who “Montgomery insiders” will underestimate – to their peril. “But the energy of conservatives across the state who believe it’s time for Shelby to pass the baton to a new generation” will stand with him, he said.
We’ll see if that happens. Stay tuned!