ROBERTSDALE — The race for the Republican nomination in the first congressional district between U.S. Reps. Jerry Carl (R-Mobile) and Barry Moore (R-Enterprise) will likely be settled in Baldwin County, the newly drawn district's most populous county.

Since Moore is from the eastern part of AL-1, he and his campaign are expected to spend the bulk of the next two months campaigning in Baldwin County in the western half of the district.

On Saturday, Moore spoke at the monthly meeting of the Baldwin County Republican Think Tank group gathered at Mama Lou's restaurant in Robertsdale.

The Coffee County Republican federal lawmaker did not shy away from his right-of-center stance that was sometimes met with disapproval by some of his colleagues.

"We're Republicans — we should not be the uniparty in Washington, D.C.," he said. "You should be able to tell the difference, but you cannot because the Ways and Means Committee, the K Street people, the lobbyists and the appropriators who are spending your money really want to continue that power. They want to seize your money."

Moore highlighted his vote against the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) last month and prior votes against Ukraine funding.

"I have not voted for a single dollar to Ukraine in supplemental funding," Moore declared. "They're a young democracy. They're 36 years old. In addition to that, Putin is bad, but that doesn't mean Zelensky is necessarily good. We knew Ukraine was corrupt. Burisma was based in Ukraine. And immediately, Lloyd Austin dropped the ball in Afghanistan. They leave $86 billion worth of equipment behind, and 90 days later, our Congress is saying, 'Let's give billions to Lloyd to send to Ukraine with no oversight. I'm like, wait a minute. We have now spent $115 billion on a war in Ukraine in Eastern Europe, while our border is wide open, to secure their border. Our entire road and bridge projects last year in the United States of America -- $53 billion. Y'all give twice as much money to Ukraine as you spent on your own roads and bridges in America. Our infrastructure is crumbling down around us."

Moore was accompanied by his wife Heather Moore, who sometimes spoke up throughout her husband's speech about the incumbent second congressional district representative's constituent outreach.

Republican voters in Alabama's first congressional district will have the opportunity to cast their ballots for the GOP nominee on March 5.

Jeff Poor is the editor in chief of 1819 News and host of "The Jeff Poor Show," heard Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-noon on Mobile's FM Talk 106.5. To connect or comment, email [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @jeff_poor.

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