Alabama GOP House speaker candidate says God gave him permission to break campaign promise

The Republican candidate for Alabama’s Speaker of the House suggested earlier this year that God gave him permission to break a campaign promise and run for a sixth term in office, reported.

Rep. Gary Palmer was first elected in 2014 and broke the promise by announcing another run.


Palmer signed a pledge to back legislation barring House members from serving more than three terms, or six years, and U.S. senators from serving no more than two terms, or 12 years, in office.

The pledge did not state that signers would have to abide by those terms themselves, as pointed out by Palmer’s spokesman, but the congressman made a personal pledge to serve no more than five terms in office when he first ran.

“I own that. I said I would serve only five terms,” Palmer told Alabama Today in March.

Palmer said another candidate at a forum made the pledge and he followed suit without consulting God.
“I didn’t pray about it,” Palmer said, according to Alabama Today. “Sometimes you get ahead of God.”
The Alabama congressman contended he planned on abiding by the pledge until early March, when he prayed to God “for clarity” on his decision.

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