Former Alabama Republican Party Chairman Bill Armistead on Friday announced his endorsement of Will Ainsworth for lieutenant governor in the July 17 Republican runoff election and joined an already impressive list of proven conservative leaders who are supporting the newcomer’s candidacy.

Armistead, who served as ALGOP chairman from 2011 to 2015 and held a seat in the Alabama State Senate from 1994 to 2002, said his nod was prompted by Ainsworth’s outsider status, his strong record of fighting tax increases, and the false and baseless attack campaign that his opponent his launched, among other factors.  The Columbiana Republican’s full statement read:

“I had no intention of getting involved in this race until I saw the untruthful attacks on Will Ainsworth.  I am sick of politicians running dirty campaigns and fabricating attacks against their opponents.  The differences between Will Ainsworth and Twinkle Cavanaugh are as stark as night and day.

While Will Ainsworth has helped defeat more than a billion dollars in tax increases during his one term in the Alabama House, Twinkle was the head cheerleader for the billion dollar tax increase known as Amendment One.

While Will Ainsworth built three successful businesses, created jobs, and signed the front of paychecks, Twinkle spent decades running for political offices, living off the checks of Alabama taxpayers, and working as a lobbyist with the D.C. establishment and Montgomery insiders.

While Will Ainsworth has worked to reform state government, impose term limits, and fundamentally change the way Montgomery operates, Twinkle has devoted her career to helping create the swamp that has bred corruption.

And, perhaps most importantly, Will Ainsworth has offered a solid, well-thought, and issue-based plan for the future of Alabama while Twinkle has based her campaign on false and misleading ads that are built on half-truths, innuendo, and fiction.

It’s rare when voters have the chance to elect a true citizen-servant who represents a fresh, new generation of conservative Republican leaders.  I know I will be marking my ballot for Will Ainsworth in the July 17 runoff election, and I encourage all true Christian conservative Republicans to join me in voting for him, as well.”