Heads up, Alabama Democrats! We have a candidate for Senate - William Barnes - who's not afraid to challenge the Big Dick himself and speak the truth about Senator Richard Shelby - that he's forgotten the people of Alabama and is a tool of big business.
LIA interviewed Barnes earlier this month and he graciously gave us over an hour of his time. We'll be posting individual videos and transcripts over the next few weeks.
In this segment, I asked him why he's running against Shelby and about the financial reform bill.
"Shelby has $12-$13 million in his warchest and I questioned that. How did a Senator from Alabama raise such a large warchest?
For our Democracy's continuance, we depend on citizens stepping forward, running for office and serving the public.
And I found out while researching Senator Shelby's background - and following the money - I don't think that Senator Shelby is seriously connected with the citizen of Alabama.
He's representing big business. And that's what brings me to the race today."
Video (about 4 minutes) is on the flip along with Barnes' discussion of financial reform and even more about Shelby's true loyalties.
Do you support the Financial Reform & Consumer Protection bill?
"I favor the bill. because we had protections in place going back as far as the 1930's that prohibit a lot of foreign investments in our country, prohibited banks from going in other areas of business other than banking - into insurance, for example.
What we had the last 24 years or so was a relaxation - deregulation - of that and it's what's brought us to where we're at economically. Those rules and regulations in the 1930's were put there to help prevent what has happened with business becoming "too big to fail" as we've termed it.
It's time we went back and re-evaluated that and put back into place those rules and regulations that prevent big business from taking over the lives of our citizens."
Shelby's the ranking member on that committee now...
"Yes he is. And he was the chair of the banking and finance committee when this deregulation took place."
People tend to forget that Shelby was chair of the intelligence committee before 9-11 and chair/ranking member of banking and finance before the financial meltdown. What has Shelby been doing?
"He's been representing big business and not the people of Alabama and it's time the people of Alabama stepped forward and stopped that type of representation.
Now, I'm not anti-business candidate. Business is a vital part of our existence but we have to remember that it's the people who make the businesses, not the businesses who make the people."
Preach it, Brother Barnes! You have to wonder why the ADP doesn't seem excited about this man stepping up to take the fight to Shelby.