Madame Chairman and to all of my fellow members of the SDEC… I have to say to you that I am embarrassed. I am appalled. I am ashamed to call myself a member of this SDEC. What I have witnessed here today is a travesty, and I know that my late husband, former President Pro Tem Senator Michael Figures is looking down and saying: “that same person is still up to his same acts.”I know we're not supposed to call names and….[interruption]Please let me say what I have to say.I have sat down, sat by, and shut up for too long watching the Democratic Party of the State of Alabama be destroyed.We're supposed to be the party of everybody, coming together, and working together. And we have allowed one person to dis-integrate the Alabama State Democratic Party. And we all know who that is!It is a doggone shame that we come here today to fill vacancies in districts where people live – and they know the people who live in their districts and they want to nominate. And they've been denied the opportunity to put their person in that seat to represent that district.But yet! There is a “yellow sheet,” and if your name is not on that sheet, it means that these people must be people who will not want to “kiss the ring” – and we all know what ring that is.Throw me out of the Democratic Party if you want to, Madame Chairwoman, because I roll with the people not the party. But unless we change things, we are never going to get any Democrats elected to anything statewide.
Senator Figures: NOTE– even if you watched the video that AL.com posted of this, watch this one. AL.com only put up half of Senator Figures's speech.
The party needs “some Hispanic.”