Alabama Senate Democrats Talk Party Debt, Look to 2014

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By Ashley Thompson

A Democrat doesn't hold a single statewide office. As Alabama News Network has reported, there are reports of theft at their party headquarters in Montgomery, and the party is over 500 thousand dollars in debt.

So, With 2014 being an election year, are Alabama democrats concerned with the party's future?

Alabama Democratic Party Chair Nancy Worley told Alabama News Network last week that the party was in deep financial trouble.

"The gas company came first," says Worley. "They left us a tag telling us the gas had been turned off. Then a day or so later the water company left us a tag. Then last week, it was the power company that called."

Worley tells us the party has more than 500 thousand dollars worth of debt. And now, some democrats say something must be done. Senator Hank Sanders tells us the problems within the party are troubling.

"I'm concerned about the debt," he says. "I'm concerned about the division. It [the party] is in a deep struggle."

Senator Quinton Ross says he isn't as concerned with the mounting debt, saying the democratic party will use election season to recruit some of the money that's outstanding. Ross says he doesn't believe the debt will hurt democrats in the 2014 races.

"It's not an uncommon problem to political parties but I really don't see it having a bearing on how democrats throughout the state to pull together for the upcoming elections."

Ross says competing against republicans with more money doesn't necessarily mean that democrats won't see success.

"They always have endless money and if money voted, they would always win elections but they don't."

However, Sanders disagrees saying the state of the party will hurt upcoming elections.

"I don't think that the current democratic party can compete very well," Sanders explains. "We've got a year to whip it into shape. Some people have to talk, some people have to compromise, some people have to put the broader interest of the state above their own individual interest."

 

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