By TODD STACY, Alabama Daily News
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Prattville attorney and businesswoman Jessica Taylor announced her candidacy for Congress in Alabama’s 2nd District Monday, saying she wants to form a “conservative squad” to take on liberal Democrats led by Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-NY.
In a campaign video, Taylor highlighted her rural Alabama roots, business career, and family with former State Sen. Bryan Taylor. But it’s her love of playing on the basketball team that Taylor connects to using teamwork to support President Donald Trump.
“I’m sick of arrogant socialists like AOC, who’ve never even run a lemonade stand, trying to tell us how to live in Alabama and that more government is the answer,” she says in the video.
Inside Alabama Politics first reported in September that Jessica Taylor was considering a run for Congress in Alabama’s 2nd District, where five term incumbent Rep. Martha Roby recently announced she is not seeking reelection. As IAP reported:
After working in the Governor’s Office of Faith Based and Community Initiatives, Taylor started her own consulting business that has grown into a multi-state operation. Her story as an attorney, entrepreneur and mother of three has caught the attention of well-funded Washington-based political groups, including those keen on electing more Republican women to office. Some are said to be coveting the “anti-AOC,” a young, attractive, tough-talking female conservative who can go toe-to-toe with Brooklyn Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her “squad” of fellow progressives. If Jessica Taylor could fit that bill – and could raise enough money – she could be competitive in the AL-2 primary.
Earlier this month, Alabama Daily News reported that Bryan Taylor stepped down from his position as General Counsel to Gov. Kay Ivey in order to make way for his wife, Jessica to run for Congress.
“In this endeavor, she deserves my full support, and I want to be available to her whenever she needs it – for supplying my advice and counsel, should she ask for it, and for providing personal encouragement when the going gets tough. As a matter of conscience, I must resign because it could become difficult, eventually, to serve both you and Jessica faithfully without inviting criticism of your administration, unfair as it may be,” Bryan Taylor wrote in his resignation letter.
His advice could prove useful in race. In 2010, Bryan Taylor won a State Senate seat comprised of six of the 15 counties making up Alabama’s 2nd Congressional District: Autauga, Elmore, Montgomery, Butler, Crenshaw and Pike.
Other candidates in the Republican primary for the 2nd District include Dothan businessman Jeff Coleman, former Attorney General Troy King, former Enterprise State Rep. Barry Moore, and current Prattville State Rep. Will Dismukes.