Peanut farmer Nathan Mathis (D) confirmed to Hotline he is considering another run against Rep. Martha Roby (R) after losing in 2016 by 8 points. Mathis drew national media attention in December after making a passionate speech condemning former state Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore (R) for his comments on gay people. (Hotline reporting)
In a viral video at a pre-election event for Moore’s Senate bid, Mathis invoked the memory of his lesbian daughter, who committed suicide in 1995. He said he was not supportive of his daughter’s sexuality and later regretted his comments to her.
The southeast Alabama district leans heavily Republican, and backed President Trump by 31 points. Some of Roby’s 8-point victory margin might be attributable to the candidacy of tea party challenger Becky Gerritson (R), who waged a write-in campaign after losing the GOP primary and received nearly 30,000 votes.
Roby is set to face another primary challenge. Former Moore campaign manager Rich Hobson (R) announced a run on Wednesday and “outlined a platform very similar to the former Alabama chief justice’s Senate campaign last year, with an emphasis on military spending, opposition to abortion and LGBT rights and loyalty to President Donald Trump and his agenda, particularly on immigration.” (Montgomery Advertiser)
Democrats have placed Roby’s seat on their 91-district offensive target list. Two other Democrats have filed to run. Roby is in her fourth term after ousting Rep. Bobby Bright (D) in 2010.
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