Smith has primary competition for Senate seat
Beginning in December, he raised more than $100,000 to run for the southeast Alabama Senate seat.
"Our success in fundraising convinced me we would have the resources needed to run a competitive and ultimately successful race," Flowers said. "It is obvious there is a hunger throughout the district for new leadership in Montgomery, and the money we raised in just one month is evidence of that fact."
Smith angered some in her party when she endorsed the Democratic candidate, Bobby Bright, in the race for congressional District 2. She lost in a runoff in the Republican primary to state Rep. Jay Love.
Flowers said he recognizes the importance of Country Crossing to the Wiregrass and said he would support a statewide referendum if the legislation is acceptable and the revenues are taxed at a national standard.
He criticized the incumbent for several of her votes including one on a teacher code of ethics.
Former U.S. Rep. Terry Everett was among the first to contribute to Flowers' campaign.
-- posted by Sebastian Kitchen