Republican Dothan Mayor Pat Thomas crossed the aisle today to endorse Montgomery Mayor Bobby Bright’s Democratic bid for the 2nd Congressional District seat. Thomas is the John McCain campaign’s Mayoral Chair for the state of Alabama, has served on the Republican Executive Committee of Houston County, and says that he has never voted for a Democrat on a national level. Thomas was also a member of the Wiregrass’s “unofficial Congressional Selection Committee” that united early behind the candidacy of Republican state Sen. Harri Anne Smith in an effort to ensure that the next Representative from AL-02 was from the Wiregrass.
Dothan is the largest municipality in the district after Montgomery which itself is divided between the 2nd and 3rd Congressional Districts.
Here is the text of Thomas’ remarks as released by the Bright campaign:
Bobby Bright’s campaign motto is “A Proven Leader”. As Mayor of Montgomery for the last nine years, there has been great positive change. That change was produced by his vision, his hard work, and his willingness to partner with others. He is indeed a proven leader. Those attributes will serve the Wiregrass well when Mayor Bright goes to Washington D.C.
So today, I am endorsing Bobby Bright for the office of U.S. Representative for the 2nd Congressional District.
I have served on the Republic Executive Committee of Houston County. I am the Mayoral Chair for the State of Alabama for the John McCain campaign. I have never voted for a Democrat on a national level.
However, I will support Mayor Bright in his efforts for two major reasons. First, Mayor Bright and I share the same vision for the Wiregrass. Second, having been raised near Ozark, having graduated from Carroll High, having attended college in Enterprise and in Auburn, Mayor Bright is uniquely qualified to represent the citizens of the Wiregrass.
So today, the labels “Democrat” and “Republican” are not so important. Partisan politics are not working well in Washington. Perhaps now is the time to elect moderate candidates from both parties to bring credibility back to Congress, which currently has an approval rating of 13%.
Today, as I endorse Bobby Bright, I also endorse his reasonable stance on Iraq and Afghanistan and his commitment to finish our mission there. I endorse his commitment to Fort Rucker. I endorse his commitment to move Wiregrass transportation projects forward. I endorse his commitment to the farmers in our district. I endorse his commitment to do what is best for Alabama, rather than what is best for the party. And I endorse his commitment to run a positive campaign that will not embarrass those who support him.
Mayor Bright has made these commitments to me. I believe he will keep these commitments and will be a great Congressman for the State of Alabama.
Bright faces GOP state Rep. Jay Love in the November election.