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Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Folsom Decisison Blues

It seems clear that Jim Folsom wants to be Lieutenant Governor. What is less clear is whether or not he is willing to run for it.

By publicly floating his name for the #2 spot, Folsom has successfully scared off other big name Democrats. At different times over the past several months ambitious Democrats like Zeb Little, Ron Sparks, and Ken Guin considered making the LG race. While Folsom has a more impressive resume' than any of the above candidates and would start off with near universal name recognition, a candidate like Little or Sparks could very well have run a strong race had the party coalesced around one of them early in the cycle.

Folsom's plans seem to have been complicated by George Wallace, Jr.'s entrance in the race. This will be Wallace's first high profile race as a Republican, though he lost races for both Congress (1992) and Lieutenant Governor (1994) as a Democrat. Wallace's political makeover as a populist GOPer on the PSC combined with his powerful political name have driven many of his fellow Republicans out of the LG race. Both Perry Hooper,Jr. and Jim Bennett turned their focus on Wallace's open PSC seat after eyeing the LG post. And poor Terry Butts announced his political retirement instead of facing off against Wallace.

It still remains to be seen though whether Wallace has intimidated Jim Folsom as successfully as his erstwhile GOP foes. Folsom came very close to running for LG in 1998, only to recuse himself at the filing deadline. If Folsom leaves the Democrats at the altar again, I'd expect a credible, but underdog candidate like Susan Parker to take his place.

Indeed if Jim Folsom reneges on the Democratic Party after muscling out the party's up and comers, the party would be advised to ignore his Hamlet act next time around.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

LOL Great Blog Title!

9:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Little Jim better hope folks dont remember how corrupt his administration was.

10:03:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Folsom will not decide to the last second to run or not. Also, Parker is running for PSC and not Lt. Gov.

10:37:00 AM  
Blogger PoliSciZac said...

You're right that Parker has shown interest in the PSC race. She had talked about running for LG before Folsom's flirtations though. And I feel if Folsom does back out, then she may very well switch back to the LG race. Others who had looked at LG like Zeb and Ron Sparks are pretty well committed to running for re-election now, whereas Parker has more flexibility.

10:54:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Susan Parker has shown an interest in more than one office, including the PSC, which makes one wonder if she really wants to serve the public, or just wants to be an elected official.

10:57:00 AM  
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