Did Alabama GOP Do Wrong by Tripp Powell?
News broke Saturday evening that Alabama Senate District 21 candidate Tripp Powell was removed from their upcoming primary ballot by the Alabama Republican Party.
According to reports, the decision boiled down to a $500 donation Powell made to Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox during his 2018 primary race to become the Democratic Party's gubernatorial candidate.
The GOP nomination is now likely wrapped up for incumbent Gerald Allen, who has held his seat since 2010 should Powell be unable to successfully appeal the decision to remove him from the ballot.
Lisa Ward, a Lake View Democrat, will challenge Allen in the 2022 General Election.
“I deeply regret the action of the Party," Powell said in a statement to the Tuscaloosa Thread. "I feel their actions were unjust and illogical. I am still processing the decision."
Later Saturday, Powell said the decision the GOP's Executive Committee made will have "deep and wide ramifications within the party."
Now it's your chance to sound off on the decision by Alabama's GOP. Powell called the decision "unjust and illogical." After all, Allen ran as a Democrat in 1994 when he was first elected to the Alabama House. But, as a new face in Alabama politics, did Powell make a critical error in crossing party lines so early in his career?
Plain and simple, did the Alabama Republican Party play a dirty political trick on Powell?
Powell has many options in front of him, but we ask you if he intends on taking a run at the Senate seat, should he attempt to run as an Independent?