Nov 21 2016

Tuscaloosa News: Shelby ready to work with Trump

U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby said Monday that he's ready to begin working with President-elect Donald J. Trump on restoring the country's image and financial security.

Shelby, R-Tuscaloosa, is back home for Thanksgiving break from the Senate, which is out of session all week for the holiday.

The six-term Senator -- he recently was re-elected to the seat he's held since 1987 -- said he sees the nation's security and economy as top priorities for the beginning of Trump's administration.

"I think that we have a great opportunity to change direction in this country, which I believe we've long needed to do," said Shelby, 82. "President-elect Trump, he ran on that, I supported him and lot of us are looking for the change for the better."

Shelby referred to the grassroots support that led to Trump's unexpected victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton on Nov. 8, an outcome few national prognosticators dared to forecast.

"Look at the vote he got across the country," Shelby said. "People are looking for opportunities and they're dissatisfied with America and its standing in the world, its lack of respect and lack of growth economically."

Shelby touched on the recovery of Tuscaloosa from the April 27, 2011, tornado.

He attended a groundbreaking ceremony Monday for a new apartment development by Allied Realty & Development Inc. and predicted more was to come for the area.

"I think we've had real rebirth in parts of the city, those areas that were devastated," Shelby said. "Alberta has been late coming but it's starting now. Today is a big down-payment on private development in the area.

"I think this is just the beginning of what you're going to see in the next four to five years in Alberta City."