Officials with the Alabama Republican Party have scheduled a hearing on a challenge to state Senator Harri Anne Smith's qualifications to run for re-election on the GOP ticket.
The controversy stems from Smith's endorsement of democrat Bobby Bright for congress in 2008.
Smith lost the republican nomination for the second district congressional seat to state representative Jay Love of Montgomery.
Senator Smith is scheduled to appear before the Republican Party steering committee Saturday in Montgomery.
Two voters who are challenging her republican qualifications are also expected to testify.
“Hopefully I’ll be able to run as a republican, I want to run as a republican but anytime anteing gets in the way of me representing the people, I’m always going to choose the people,” said Smith.
If Smith is removed from the Republican Party, she can campaign for state senate as a member of the Independent Party.