Ethics and Corruption
Recently, we have seen both the Governor and the Speaker of the House removed from office because of corruption. I believe we need a serious housecleaning in Montgomery; it is time to drain the swamp! I believe elected officials should be held to a high standard.
I have done my part to support ethics and fight against corruption as a member of the Republican Steering Committee. I supported a resolution calling on Governor Bentley to resign, and supported a code of ethics for the Steering Committee itself.
The good news is, the tough ethics laws the Republicans passed in 2010 are working. In fact, they are working so well that the laws are holding officials in the Republican Party accountable. Ethics is not a partisan issue. We all agree that it is imperative that we be able to trust our elected officials.
I do not support weakening the ethics laws. (I would work to revise the text of the laws for clarity’s sake.) Alabama needs to make greater strides to clean up corruption in Montgomery.
2nd Amendment gun rights
I am a firm believer in gun rights. I am a lifetime member of the NRA (National Rifle Association) and the NAGR (National Association for Gun Rights). I am also a member of Bama Carry. I own Gold, Guns, and Guitars, Inc., which sells thousands of firearms each year. I am against any law (or proposed bill) that restricts the ownership of guns for law-abiding citizens, or infringes in any way on our right to bear arms.
Religious liberty was one of the founding principles of our American Republic. Alabama needs to protect the individual liberties and freedoms that made our country great.
I do not believe it is right to force pro-life individuals or organizations to fund abortion through their tax dollars or health insurance premiums. I do not believe individuals should have to set aside their deeply held religious beliefs to hold elected office or operate a small business.
In Alabama, about 30% of adoptions are through faith-based organizations. I supported legislation that allows faith-based adoption agencies to screen potential parents for adoptions based on the organization’s sincerely held religious beliefs.
Growth of Government
I am a small-government conservative and I believe most political issues should be decided at the local level rather than mandated by the state. Every time a new agency is created or a new regulation is passed, we lose a bit of our freedom. As your representative, I will be careful to limit the size of government so that we remain as free as possible. I believe our State Government should focus its attention on these objectives:
- Funding education
- Maintaining and improving our infrastructure
- Ensuring a level playing field for all businesses
- Enforcing contracts through the court system
- Protecting the public through law enforcement
I will seek to combine overlapping agencies and eliminate job-killing regulations that require hiring more state employees to enforce.
My father, grandfather, and great-grandfather were all Baptist preachers. Therefore, I was raised in a conservative home with traditional Christian values. I am 100% pro-life, 100% against gay marriage, and believe that parents should have the final say over how they raise their children and what they are taught in school.
I will always vote to support Christian cultural values that have served America so well. I was recently married to my wife Hannah, and we look forward to starting a family together here in the Shoals Area where conservative family values are part of the culture.
I also support a Constitutional Amendment declaring that Alabama is a pro-life state.