News

Candidates From Democratic Family Nixed By GOP

View Comments
File photo of a person wearing a Democrat badge. (Photo by WILL OLIVER/AFP/Getty Images)

File photo of a person wearing a Democrat badge. (Photo by WILL OLIVER/AFP/Getty Images)

Get Breaking News First

Receive News, Politics, and Entertainment Headlines Each Morning.
Sign Up

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The son and daughter-in-law of former Democratic House Speaker Tom Drake have lost their bids to run for major Alabama offices as Republicans.

The Alabama Republican Party’s Candidate Committee did not grant ballot access to Cullman attorneys Tommy Drake and Kimberly Drake during a Saturday meeting in Montgomery.

Tommy Drake had signed up to run against Republican incumbent Robert Aderholt in the 4th Congressional District. Kimberly Drake was running against Republican incumbent Beth Kellum for the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals.

State Party Chairman Bill Armistead says both had run for public office before as Democrats and they showed no evidence they had ever been Republicans.

Tommy Drake says he and his wife have voted for and contributed to Republicans, but his well-known father remains a Democrat.

(© Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

View Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 2,140 other followers