Democratic lawmakers saddened by Kennedy departure, expect him to help party in another capacity

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Several key Democratic lawmakers expressed their sadness at the resignation of Alabama Democratic Party Chairman Mark Kennedy on Friday.

House Minority Leader Craig Ford, D-Gadsden, and other members of the House Democratic Caucus announce their 2013 agenda on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013. (Photo courtesy of the House Democratic Caucus)

House Minority Leader Craig Ford, D-Gadsden, and other members of the House Democratic Caucus announce their 2013 agenda on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013. (Photo courtesy of the House Democratic Caucus)

“Judge Kennedy was bringing credibility back to the Democratic Party and giving Democrats a voice again,” Rep. Thomas Jackson of Thomasville, chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, said in a statement. “It saddens me dearly that he is stepping down, but I appreciate the work he has done and I understand why he had to make this decision. I know he will continue to do great things for Democrats throughout Alabama, and I hope to continue working with him in a new capacity.”House Minority Leader Craig Ford, D-Gadsden, and Rep. Napoleon Bracy of Mobile, chairman of the Joint Legislative Black Caucus, said they were sad to see him leave the party, but they expected him to continue to do good work for Alabama Democrats.

All three Democratic lawmakers, in a statement released by the House Democratic Caucus, mentioned Kennedy’s future work or him working in another capacity to help the party.

The statement also indicated “leadership will not be taking any further questions on this matter.”

– posted by Sebastian Kitchen

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