Alabama Chief Justice hopeful Bryan Taylor is continuing his call for a public debate against his "woke" opponent, Supreme Court Justice Sarah Stewart.
Taylor and Stewart are running for the position since current Chief Justice Tom Parker is age-restricted from seeking reelection.
Now a practicing attorney, Taylor is a former state senator from Prattville and former legal advisor to Govs. Bob Riley and Kay Ivey.
Stewart is an associate justice on the Supreme Court. Her seat is up for reelection this year. Her run for chief justice means she will either win the seat or leave the Supreme Court entirely.
Taylor has frequently criticized Stewart, calling her a RINO (Republican In Name Only) and slamming her Supreme Court voting record as being "too liberal for Alabama."
Yet another major conservative group has declined to endorse incumbent RINO Sarah Stewart for #ALChiefJustice! The AL Civil Justice Reform Committee—founded to fight lawsuit abuse—decided again today that Sarah Stewart’s record on the bench is too liberal for Alabama. #alpolitics— Bryan Taylor (@BryanTaylorAL) December 14, 2023
For over two months, Taylor has called on Stewart to engage in a roundtable discussion to highlight the judicial differences between the two. Stewart has thus far declined to address Taylor's multiple accusations, much less answer any potential debate.
They denied Sarah Stewart their endorsement this time b/c her record on the bench proves she’s anything but a rule-of-law conservative. I’m renewing my challenge to a debate to discuss our records and judicial philosophies openly with Republican voters. #alpolitics @ALGOP https://t.co/E26X0EmvBW— Bryan Taylor (@BryanTaylorAL) November 30, 2023
In one social media post, Taylor re-upped his calls to debate Stewart, claiming her refusal showed that any discussion would "expose her as a liberal judicial activist." In the video, Taylor was present at a Trussville GOP event when he personally made the challenge to Stewart. He claims she has still not responded to the debate challenge.
Last week in front of the Trussville GOP Women, I again asked Woke Sarah Stewart to join me for a roundtable discussion on our competing judicial philosophies and records. She didn’t answer, because she knows it will expose her as a liberal judicial activist. #alpolitics @ALGOP pic.twitter.com/uojLix7g6W— Bryan Taylor (@BryanTaylorAL) January 8, 2024
Stewart's campaign did not return requests for comment regarding the possibility of a debate or Stewart's reasons for not debating.
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