The son and daughter-in-law of Tom Drake, former Democratic House Speaker, have lost their bids to run for major Alabama offices as Republicans.
The Alabama Republican Party's Candidate Committee did not grant Tommy and Kimberly Drake ballot access during a meeting on Saturday in Montgomery.
Tommy Drake had signed up to run against Republican incumbent Robert Aderholt in the 4th Congressional District. Kimberly Drake was running against Republican incumbent Beth Kellum for the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals.
Bill Armstead, the State Party Chairman, says both had run for public office before as Democrats, and they showed no evidence of ever being Republicans.
Tommy Drake says he and his wife have voted for and contributed to Republicans, but his father remains a Democrat.
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