US Senate candidate Katie Britt was the guest speaker Tuesday at the Etowah County Republican Committee’s annual Reagan-Martin Dinner at The Venue at Coosa Landing.
Britt, a former president and CEO of the Business Council of Alabama and a veteran of Sen. Richard Shelby’s staff, is considered the favorite in the Nov. 8 general election, where she will face Democrat Will Boyd and Libertarian John Sophocleo. is abandoned by Shelby after six dates.
She joined a number of Republican state officials and candidates, as well as local politicians, at the dinner honoring former President Ronald Reagan and former U.S. Rep. and staunch GOP Jim Martin of Gadsden.
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Among those in attendance were Public Service Commission Chairwoman Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh; state Supreme Court candidate Greg Cook; Secretary of State nominee Wes Allen; Court of Appeals Judges Bill Cole and Chris McCool; and Court of Civil Appeals Judge Matt Fridy.
Britt answered five questions from The Times during a brief pre-dinner interview:
What issues do voters tell you are most important to them?
People talk about inflation, the price of gas and goods. They talk about not being able to make ends meet and actually having to make tough decisions looking to the future. So that’s No. 1. That’s what we hear about all the time, the economy and inflation. (No.) 2 I’d say it’s a crime. The people want a nation, a community, where we value our law enforcement officers, where we recognize that they leave the safety of their homes so that we can return to ours. And we’re looking for, as moms and dads, you want your children to be raised in safe communities. We know it starts with just that level of respect. Then I would say education. I understand a lot. We took a look at our children’s education during the pandemic, the children who couldn’t return to the classroom, and the learning loss we saw there. Also the need to educate our children and not indoctrinate them. I would say those are the main issues; plus you hear a lot about the border. People are concerned not only about the number of illegal immigrants coming across the border, but really about fentanyl hitting close to home.
What are your own priorities when you should be elected?
I have a lot of. It’s one of those times in the country when every thing seems to be going in the wrong direction. And so there’s no shortage of issues we need to address, and I’m excited to bring a fresh voice and new blood with a different perspective to the Senate. You see, as the only Republican woman with school-aged children (running), I believe this is the year of the parent. So to deal with the problems that we just talked about, to seal and secure our border, to reduce spending and taxation and regulation so that we can create an environment where the hard-working American dollar will go forward, and then I think we’ll really start to re– show peace through force. We have seen the total weakness of the Biden administration and I believe the Senate must stand firm to ensure that our military is ready and capable and that we make that a priority and that we are able to achieve peace around the world through a show of force.
Do Republicans Have a Chance to Take Control of the Senate?
Yes absolutely. We will definitely take the House and I believe we will take the Senate as well. The question is by how much, so we hold all the current seats that we have, I think when we win Pennsylvania, and when you see that debate (Tuesday) between (Republican Dr. Mehmet) Oz and (Democrat John) Fetterman, the choice will be clear . Oz is great on these issues; he understands where Pennsylvanians and Americans are coming from and he wants to make a difference. Not only is he right on policy, but he is qualified to serve and I believe Fetterman is not.
Would you succeed a Senate legend and someone you used to work for? What qualities of Senator Shelby would you like to carry into your own Senate term?
(Britt served twice on Shelby’s staff, as deputy press secretary, press secretary, deputy campaign manager, communications director, and finally as chief of staff.)
Richard Shelby is a true statesman and did not care about getting recognition. He cared about getting a result. I think if we look across the nation right now, you have a lot of people who are interested in becoming or becoming a star, and we need people who want to be part of the team to make this nation better, to preserve the American dream for our children . And so figuring out how to get in a room and actually create an outcome to achieve a solution and not just talk about problems is something that I will definitely take with me. I’ll take what I’ve learned from him… he’s given me a front row seat to the challenges and opportunities of the state… and then I’ll have to be myself and stand my ground. two tracks and I’m going to take my life experiences, my passions and what I’ve learned from him and go represent the people of Alabama to the best of my ability.
Did you enjoy this campaign?
Yes! As challenging as the campaign itself is, the people of Alabama are incredible. When we jumped into this race, my husband actually quit his job for us. But we believe in our state and our nation so much, and we believe that both are worth fighting for, that we were willing to do it and say “let’s go.” We went to every single county in this great state, and as beautiful as our state is, with as many incredible things happening here, it’s the people that make Alabama truly special. And to be able to meet them, listen to them and learn from them was such a remarkable experience. I’ll take that with me not only from this campaign, but I’ll take that with me to Washington.