"Rising Republican Star" endorses Democrat Joseph Siegelman for Attorney General of Alabama.
Billy McFarland, the young West Alabama real estate entrepreneur and businessman, with a long lineage of Republican patriarchs, has broken with his Party's nominee for Attorney General and has endorsed Joe Siegelman, the son of former Governor Don Siegelman, to be Alabama's next Attorney General.
After college McFarland began his political career working on Capitol Hill and became the youngest delegate to the 2004 Republican National Convention.
He was subsequently elected to the State Republican Executive Committee and served as Founding Chairman of the West Alabama Young Republicans. Subsequently, he served in Senior Executive Administration roles with both The University of West Alabama and Judson College, and since co-founded a successful real estate investment firm in Tuscaloosa.
McFarland called the Republican nominee for Attorney General "a Republican in Name Only and an opportunistic fraud." The facts are that Mr. Marshall was a Democrat up until the point he saw that he could advance his political career as a Republican and be appointed Attorney General by Gov. Robert Bentley. The whole thing just smells of politics at its worst."
"Marshall is a fraud. You can't be a liberal Democrat one minute and a Trump Republican overnight."
"Now, Marshall has an ethics complaint hanging over his head for taking over $730,000 from sources which are untraceable, unidentifiable and illegal under the Alabama Fair Campaign Practices Act. This is going to blow up in the face of the Republican Party of Alabama, a party that I love and have worked for and supported my entire life. The Ethics Commission must stand up to Marshall and stand up for the people of Alabama and the rule of law."
"If I'm going to be forced to vote for a Democrat in November for AG, I'm not voting for a political huckster, a RINO, and someone ignoring the clear meaning of the law, I'm voting for and financially supporting the campaign of Joe Siegelman, an honest leader who will stand up for Alabama and what's right."
Billy McFarland's commitment to and example of compassionate conservatism makes him this week's Republican Rising
Star. Born and raised in Tuscaloosa, Billy grew up admiring his late father. Bill's leadership in the party as a GOP nominee for Congress, member of Gov. Guy Hunt's cabinet, as well as a two-time delegate to the Republican National Convention.
After graduating from the University of Alabama, Billy began his political career by interning with Congressman Jo Bonner's office in Washington, D.C.
The GOP quickly embraced Billy as he served as the youngest elected delegate from Alabama to the 2004 Republican National Convention in New York. He was then elected as a member of the Tuscaloosa County and State Republican Executive Committees and as Chairman of the West Alabama Young Republicans.
Gov. Bob Riley noticed Billy's leadership abilities and appointed him to the Southern High-Speed Rail Commission, an interstate compact authorized by the US Congress to improve rail transportation in 2009. Impressed with his work, Riley reappointed Billy to the commission for a four-year term in 2010.
Around the same time, Billy worked in the 2012 presidential campaign as the Sumter County chairman of the Gingrich for President State Leadership Team.
Currently, Billy is the director of the Center for Business and Economic Services at the University of West Alabama in Livingston, where he works in economic development and federal governmental affairs. In July 2013, Billy was appointed as Special Assistant to the university's president as well as director of the James Suttles Entrepreneurship Institute.
When asked what he loves most about working within the Republican Party, he replied that it is exciting to share our conservative message and values in the traditionally Democrat black belt region of the state.
He continued, "The Republican Party is the party of opportunity. We are the party that supports our Founding Father's ideals of liberty, free fom unnecessary government intrusion.
"We are the party that believes in the unlimited potential of each and every Alabamian, regardless of their race, gender, or income level, to achieve his or her dreams through hard work."
When Billy has free time, he plays tennis or finds a good book. He lives in Tuscaloosa with his two dogs Rowdy and Scrappy.