Harris weighs in on House Freedom Caucus, Club for Growth

Published 7:00 am Thursday, January 11, 2024

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Second Congressional District candidate Hampton Harris (R-Lowndesboro), a resident of Lowndes County, issued a statement Monday following an interview on Alabama Public Television’s “Capitol Journey regarding his stand on the Freedom Caucus and the Club for Growth.

The statement responded to comments from Harris’s opposing candidate, Dick Brewbaker (R-Pike Road), claiming the Montgomery Business owner and fellow candidate for the seat would not join the Freedom Caucus or take money from the Club for Growth.

“Unlike my opponents, I support what the House Freedom Caucus and Club for Growth stand for,” Harris said. “I am the only true conservative in this race and will stand with other members of the Freedom Caucus if elected, including Rep. Jim Jordan and Speaker Mike Johnson. I am a free-market conservative and will not back down from leftist agendas being pushed on our district and country.”

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The Freedom Caucus, is a congressional caucus of Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives and is considered to be the most conservative and furthest-right group in the legislative body. Its members typically take a hardline position on issues, favoring social conservatism and small government.

The economic conservative organization, Club for Growth, is a national pro-growth network composed of more than 500,000 Americans who favor limiting government and share the belief that prosperity and opportunity come from economic freedom.

Harris is a native of Montgomery and one of seven siblings. He and his wife Abbigale moved recently to Lowndesboro.

The attorney and small business owner received a homeschooled education, taught by his mother due to Montgomery’s failing public school system. The 27-year-old said his education was founded on Christian and Constitutional values.

The congressional candidate said he learned early that nothing worth doing ever came easy and began working on his family’s farm early, learning about growing crops and preserving wildlife through conservation.

“Through this experience, I developed an understanding of the challenges facing Alabama farmers and landowners,” Harris said. “Protecting farmers is one of my top issues.”

The 2018 Auburn University at Montgomery graduate majored in economics, graduating magna cum laude. After graduation, we worked at Baptist Health in Montgomery in the emergency department where he witnessed firsthand the looming opioid crisis and other healthcare concerns facing District 2 residents.

As the grandson of a Vietnam U.S. Marine Corps veteran, Harris said he values service and integrity. To carry out his commitment to those values, Harris earned his Juris Doctorate degree from Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law in 2023, serving as the president of the Cumberland Republicans and the Christian Legal Society while serving as a class representative.

In 2022, Harris opened a real estate brokerage firm and has sold over $12 million worth of real estate.

“I understand the challenges that small business owners in the district face,” Harris said in a statement. “Most importantly, I understand the crippling effects that high taxes and inflation have on a small business owner.”