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Alabama Democrats remove primary candidate after learning he was once a Trump-supporter

On Friday, the Alabama Democratic Party removed Victor Williams, from Fairhope, from its primary ballot as a candidate for one of the state’s two U.S. Senate seats after discovering that he at one time voiced support for former President Donald Trump.

Williams learned of the party’s subcommittee ruling in an emailed letter he received from the party chair Chris England.

Williams told the party earlier on the day that he would not be taking part in the 5 p.m. virtual hearing, and instead he submitted to written statements to the subcommittee in addition to authoring a press release arguing why he should stay on the ballot given that he was qualified by the party in January. Still, the party was not convinced. 

A copy of England’s letter was obtained by AL.com, and it read, “The members of the subcommittee reviewed your written statements in opposition to show cause order because of your refusal to participate in the meeting.” The letter continued, “After review of the available information, the subcommittee has disqualified you.”

Williams’ candidacy was placed under review by the party after a story was posted on Thursday in which Williams, a former law professor, discussed his support for Trump, as he also referenced a website he started called democratsfortrump.com. 

England quoted from the website to make the case that Williams should not be allowed to run as a Democratic candidate.

Williams’ original statement read, “To allow the Democrat Party to add a politically correct speech test or a ‘must hate Trump’ ideological qualification for the state of Alabama’s primary ballot would effectively be allowing the Alabama Democrat Party to add constitutional qualifications enumerated in the U.S. Constitution’s Article I for a United States senator.”

He continued, “The United States Supreme Court has explicitly ruled that no such state additions may be made to national office qualifications – age and length of residency in the United States.” 

ARTICLE: ELIZABETH HERTZBERG

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: AL.COM

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