By SHERRY DIGMON
U.S. Representative Bradley Byrne held a meet and greet Friday afternoon, Feb. 28, at David’s Catfish – just days ahead of Tuesday’s primary (March 3). He faced six other candidates on the Republican ticket, and one of them will face incumbent Democrat Senator Doug Jones in November.
Byrne was introduced by Escambia County Sheriff Heath Jackson who said, “Bradley Byrne never forgets who we are. He’s not only my friend, he’s my choice for senator.”
Among his comments, Byrne talked about why he’s running for the U.S. Senate.
“I have loved being your congressman,” he said. “It’s a joyful experience
… The difference in the House and Senate is that there are only 100 senators. You have a bigger voice in the Senate.”
Byrne also talked about being called by name on national TV by President Donald Trump after the vote to impeach him failed. The president thanked Byrne for his support during the impeachment process.
“Bradley Byrne from Alabama. What a great place,” President Trump said.
Byrne’s recent round of meetings is known as the Fire Doug Jones Tour. Byrne said Jones does not vote the way Alabama wants him to vote.
“I think we need a different senator in Washington. Doug needs to vote for our personal security,” he said. “Alabama needs a fighter [in Washington], somebody who knows what you believe.”
Other topics included the coronavirus and the cost of healthcare.
In closing, Byrne said, “We live in a great country. We have freedom, opportunities, values … We need to realize how great we are and continue. God bless you and God bless the United States of America.”