While most of Alabama’s Democratic lawmakers including Senator Doug Jones, Congresswoman Terri Sewell, and Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin have endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden’s 2020 Presidential campaign, the Alabama Democratic Conference, the Alabama Democratic Party’s largest black caucus has decided to go in a different direction. After he gave the keynote address at the conference’s 60th annual convention on Saturday, the Alabama Democratic Conference officially endorsed former New York City Mayor and billionaire philanthropist Mike Bloomberg.
“He has shown a keen interest in the ADC. He has visited the state twice in the last two months,” said Joe L. Reed, the Chairman of the caucus and Vice-Chair of Minority Affairs for the Alabama Democratic Party.
The caucus touted Bloomberg’s experience as a successful businessman and as Mayor of New York as the main reason for their endorsement.
In addition to delivering the keynote address to the Alabama Democratic Conference’s annual convention, Bloomberg also made a stop by Alabama State University, an HBCU located in Montgomery.
“Let’s face it, Donald Trump is the world’s biggest schoolyard bully with no respect for civility or decency or facts or honesty,” Bloomberg said to the crowd at Alabama State University, which interrupted him frequently with applause.
“And our party needs a candidate who can go toe-to-toe with him and take the fight to him.”
The Alabama Democratic Primary will be held on March 3, 2020.
Dakota Layton graduated from the University of Alabama in Huntsville with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy. He is currently enrolled at the University of Mississippi where he is working to earn his Master of Arts in Philosophy.