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Election 2012

November 4, 2012

Brooks, Holley tout qualifications ahead of Tuesday's election

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— Adam Smith

Charlie Holley

Charlie Holley is offering a rare promise these days — a promise to work both sides of the political aisle if elected congressman for United States Fifth District on Nov. 6.

Holley, 48, a Democrat who graduated from East Limestone High School, said incumbent Republican Congressman Mo Brooks hasn’t lived up to his promise to voters.

He offered three examples:

“Our congressman has failed to protect us against the destruction of jobs,” said Holley, a computer administrator at Huntsville Hospital.

He said the 2011 budget deal enacted sequestration — $1.2 trillion in mandatory cuts to defense and domestic spending beginning in 2013 because no agreement was reached on cuts by Nov. 23, 2011.

“There will be job cuts unless Congress can reach a compromise, which I doubt Brooks can do.” Holley said. “He has failed to work across party lines, and it is apparent he can’t work with others.”

Stop the partisanship

Holley also said Brooks has failed to represent everyone in the district.

“A lot of people feel totally left out because he has not reached out,” he said. “People feel slighted, like they don’t matter, and I believe they will send him a strong message.”

He believes Brooks does not have his priorities straight.

“Brooks is more interested in taking donors’ money and using it to charter buses to Ohio (a battleground state in the presidential race) to help Romney get elected than he is in serving his constituents.”

Holley said if voters choose him, he could do better.

“I will protect jobs and I will reach across party lines and make sure everyone is truly represented,” he said.

Holley said he invited Brooks to one of his town-hall meetings to discuss the issues and allow voters to ask questions, but Brooks declined.

“He has not been doing anything (to discuss the issues), as if he’s got it made,” Holley said.

Holley is asking Republicans to consider voting a split ticket in order to support him and his initiatives.

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