Thursday, October 4th, 2012
“Jerry Fielding’s first act as a Republican Senator was to stand in front of a room full of people and lie,” said Alabama Democratic Party Chairman, Mark Kennedy, earlier today.
Fielding held a press conference this morning at the State House in Montgomery to declare the switch that Kennedy announced earlier in the week. When asked by a reporter whether or not the Republican supermajority had made any promises to Fielding to entice him to switch, Fielding emphatically rejected the notion. “That’s not true,” said Kennedy. “It’s my understanding and seemingly common knowledge around the State House that Fielding was promised a position as Vice Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee if he switched parties.”
Kennedy claimed that more of Fielding’s statements this morning were untrue but the lies are harder to prove. Fielding’s assertions that he hadn’t decided whether or not to run for re-election in 2014 and that the redrawing of his legislative district—making it decidedly more Republican in its makeup—had nothing to do with his decision. “That’s laughable on its face,” said Kennedy. “This has everything to do with redistricting and the fact that Jerry Fielding was targeted for elimination by the Republican supermajority unless he switched parties.”
“I’m interested to see how Senator Fielding operates in this next legislative session. The Republicans welcomed him today with open arms, but he voted against nearly every major Republican piece of legislation during his two years in the Senate. My guess is that he’ll be a pretty miserable member of the Republican caucus. Especially when the Republicans run one of their own in the Primary Election in two years.”