Either follow the lead of its defeated candidate, Dean Young, and refuse to endorse Bradley Byrne, who bested him at the polls. Or come out in support of Byrne in the upcoming general election.
One group, the Alabama Patriots Tea Party, endorsed Byrne.
It was the only choice, really.
Pigs will fly if 1st district voters send a Democrat to Congress, and because no one expects pork in the sky, Bradley Byrne is almost surely going to Washington as member of the U.S. House. Republicans who decide not to endorse him are rendering themselves irrelevant. That is what Young is doing. The Alabama Patriots chose the other path.
In explaining the decision, Danny Joyner, founder of the group, sought to downplay the election as a contest between the GOP establishment and Tea Party Republicans. In a prepared statement, Joyner said that despite the spin put on it by the “liberal media” (which apparently includes Forbes magazine and Fox News), the election was really a contest “between two conservative, Christian, constitutional men from different work & life experiences.” Then in a “big tent” gesture, he added that both men “and all the others who ran in the primary were Tea Party people.”
Without comment on whether he was Tea Party material, Byrne accepted the endorsement and declared that “it’s time to unite our party and come together toward victory on Dec. 17.”
While not every Republican is sitting around the 1st district campfire and singing “Kumbaya,” the American Patriot endorsement should put an end to speculation that Young will run against Byrne again as an independent — or, if he is foolish enough to try, he would have little chance of winning.
Although the after-effects of the bitter campaign will linger, when Congress meets next year, Bradley Byrne is virtually assured to be in the Alabama delegation. This page wishes him well.