Republican candidates hope to seize momentum from Scott Brown victory

Montgomery, AL (WSFA) – Two Republican candidates spent their Saturday on the campaign trail.

Rick Barber and Martha Roby, both running for the Republican nomination for the Second Congressional District seat, building support for the upcoming June primary—one even captured some national attention.

Candidate Rick Barber campaigned the old fashioned way by getting out and knocking on doors.

His work was in the national spotlight, as a crew from "Good Morning America" followed him on the trail.

Barber said, "Nationally, people are getting behind local candidates, even those not in their areas."

His opponent, Councilwoman Martha Roby, also out in the community Saturday.

She volunteered at a clean-up outside the Cleveland Avenue YMCA, after speaking to Young Republicans earlier that morning.

Roby said, "I was able to speak to them about getting energized in our campaign here in District 2."

Both candidates are hoping to seize on the Republican momentum, after Scott Brown's win in Massachusetts.

"We are so energized by the enthusiasm amongst the American public right now," Roby said.  "About how much we need to take back Congress."

Barber said, "People have awakened, and they're ready to get involved.  You're going to see them national rally behind candidates that they feel are going to enact the change they want to see, and are going to stop the legislation they don't."

Despite Congressmen Bobby Bright's independent stance, they say when you look closer, it isn't so cut and dry.

Barber said, "Bright's voted 70 percent of the time with Nancy Pelosi."

Roby said, "Our representation in Washington right now doesn't represent the fundamental values.  This is a conservative state, a conservative district, and our conservative voices just aren't being heard."

Both mentioned they've talked with a lot of folks who've never gotten involved with politics before, that are stepping up and making their voices heard.

They cited the Tea Party Movement as an example.

Barber and Roby say it will undoubtedly make for an election cycle full of passion.

The primary election is set for June 1, 2010.

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