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Would Alabama’s Byrne or Young have caved on Obamacare shutdown?

Posted: November 4, 2013 at 2:15 pm   /   by

decision 2013 - 300x150Tomorrow, Republicans in Alabama will choose a conservative to replace a conservative in Congress, but will their choice conform to the GOP establishment or “Cruz” with tea partiers?

Yes, we know that Tuesday’s election is merely the GOP’s primary runoff between Bradley Byrne and Dean Young, the winner of which will most likely face a yet-to-be chosen Democrat in the December 17 special election to replace Jo Bonnor, who resigned his seat in the U.S. House of Representatives to accept a position with the University of Alabama.

But this is Alabama and its First Congressional District is not the singular, squiggly-gerrymandered variety present in all states of the Deep South that exalts racial-identity politics over actual representation of one’s economic and social interests. The first new listener to be seated within earshot of House Speaker John Boehner since the McCain-McConnell GOP establishment gang (think Clantons) “won” the Government-Shutdown Shootout (at the Senate GOP Corral against Doc Ted Cruz Holliday and Mike Lee tea partier Earps) thus dashing Americans’ hopes of relief from Obamacare anytime soon, will have a “R” beside his name.

This latest conservative corral fight was not OK with most Republicans, as viewed from this South Carolina gamecock’s roost atop Stone Mountain of Georgia given, not only defections to healthcare-rustlers President Barack Hussein Obama and Democrat majority Leader Dingy Harry Reid in the Senate, but also by majority of members of the House. So when the establishment favorite in the Heart of Dixie defines the race thusly, this rooster isn’t moved:

Byrne, a former state senator and member of the Alabama Board of Education, recalled offering immediate support for Gov. Robert Bentley after a hard-fought GOP primary in 2010.

“I’m a conservative Republican. He (Young) won’t even say he will vote for the Republican nominee in the general election. That’s not a Republican,” he said. “When I lost to Robert Bentley in 2010, the night I lost, I endorsed him. And again publicly, several more times.”

Party loyalty alone won’t even get a lousy t-shirt, with either an elephant or war eagle on it, much less change laws that are hurting the American people. In fact, I just took a dollar bill, a case quarter, and my RNC membership card to Starbucks and couldn’t even get a cup of taxed coffee, but I digress.

So we sought out our astute political observer west of the Chattahoochee, east of the Pecos and south of I-10 that we consult on all things political, state, local and Republican; who informs us that:

Dean Young, who garnered 23% of the vote against Byrne’s 34.6% in the initial September 24th GOP primary, has private sector achievements as a real estate entrepreneur, was  a senior aide to Judge Roy ‘Ten Commandments’ Moore and fought against tax increases sought by the Orange Beach Zoning Commission. Young lost a bid to un-seat Jo Bonner from the seat in 2012.

Bradley Byrne, a lawyer in Mobile for more than three decades, was elected to the State Senate and was appointed by the Alabama State Board of Education as Chancellor of the Alabama Department of Post-secondary Education, to serve as the chief executive officer of Alabama’s two-year college system.  He ran unsuccessfully for Governor in 2010. Bradley’s grandfather was elected Sheriff of Mobile County in 1926, notably running as the candidate of sweeping reforms in a campaign against “The Ring,” the corrupt cabal that then ruled Mobile public life.

Chances are that neither of these obvious conservatives would have abandoned Cruz to cave to Obama’s demand for a “clean” CR, but that Byrne chooses as his preferred mud to sling that he beat the last opponent that beat him to the endorsement-microphone moves us to favor the Young gun in Mobile.

Mike DeVine‘s @ Joe For

“One man with courage makes a majority.” – Andrew Jackson

Mike DeVine

Mike DeVine, presently with the Ruf Law Firm in Metro Atlanta, is the managing editor of HillbillyPolitics and PoliticalDaily; Atlanta Law and Politics columnist for; and regular blogger at Unified Patriots and His work at Redstate was featured in a PBS Special on conservative bloggers which led to a stint as the conservative op-ed voice of the Charlotte Observer and regular appearances in The New York Times, The Hill, Wall Street Journal, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and other major print and online publications. DeVine’s writing career was launched soon after his Summer of 2001 move to Atlanta and “conservative epiphany.” While the legal editor for The (Decatur, GA) Champion, he wrote the first post-9/11 column published in the United States suggesting that captured terrorists would not be entitled to POW rights. Previously, DeVine had been an active Democratic Party county chairman, convention delegate, and campaign manager in S.C. He matriculated at the University of South Carolina School of Law, Spartanburg Methodist College, and Wofford College, where he earned Phi Bet Kappa honors and taught Business Law.

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Would Alabama's Byrne or Young have caved on Obamacare shutdown?