The executive director of Teens for Trump, CJ Pearson of Georgia, has given a shout-out to political newcomer Caroleene Dobson.

Pearson said Wednesday night, "In Alabama's 2nd Congressional race, Caroleene Dobson is shaping up to be one of the strongest candidates in the race. She has deep ag (agriculture) roots and is not a career politician. Her opponents are struggling right now. Dick Brewbaker's whole team just resigned, and Greg Albritton can't seem to fundraise. Critical pickup opportunity."

Pearson, 21, is a conservative commentator and political adviser to Republican candidates. He is now the Generation Z National co-chair of the Republican National Committee. In 2015, Pearson and his supporters started out with U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who dropped out early. They then moved to U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who fell short, and finally, to Donald Trump, who won.

Dobson, a Montgomery real estate attorney, is running for an open seat in the March 5 Republican primary. The incumbent, U.S. Rep. Barry Moore (R-Enterprise), was redistricted into the neighboring first congressional district, so the seat is wide open.

Dobson, a first-time candidate, says she will lead efforts to block the influence of the Chinese-owned TikTok video app and prevent social media conglomerates from silencing conservatives on their platforms.

"As relations between China and the U.S. continue to erode and every expert agrees that cyber warfare is a real and looming threat, more than 150 million Americans have willingly surrendered their personal information to the Chinese-owned TikTok video app," Dobson said. "At the same time, those who express opinions contrary to woke ideas and liberal dogma on their social media pages are routinely sent to 'Facebook jail' or have their accounts permanently revoked like President Donald Trump."

"When social media owners can silence a president and shadow ban all conservative thought with which they disagree, they assume the powers of Third World, Banana Republic dictators," she continued. "And when the Chinese Communist Party can access the personal information of millions of Americans at any time they wish, we are allowing them to weaponize the internet and placing their fingers upon the trigger."

Dobson, 36, faces a crowded field in the Republican primary:

Former State Sen. Dick Brewbaker of Montgomery.

State Sen. Greg Albritton of Atmore, who lives outside the district.

Former Alabama and NFL football player Wallace Gilberry.

Karla Dupriest, a Mobile restaurant owner.

Hampton Harris, a Montgomery realtor.

Stacey Shepperson of Washington County, a math instructor at Bishop State Community College

Belinda Thomas, a Newton City Council member.

If no candidate receives over 50% of the vote in the March 5 primary, there will be a runoff between the top two vote-getters on April 16. The Republican nominee will then face the Democrat nominee in the November 5 general election. There is a crowded field of contenders in the March 5 Democrat primary.

Jim Zeigler is a former Alabama Public Service Commissioner and State Auditor. You can reach him for comments at [email protected].

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