In its perpetual quest to become the most dysfunctional legislative body on the planet, the Alabama state legislature has found a way to argue over Hurricane Katrina relief money.
State Senator Gerald Dial (D - Lineville) and a group largely consisting of his merry band of renegade Senate Democrats (Dialocrats?) have developed a plan to raise over $3 million for hurricane relief. Dial & Co. have donated $1,000 each to the Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund and are challenging each state legislator in the country to do the same.
However, before Dial has even been able to lick the stamps on his letters to out-of-state legislators, many of his colleagues on Goat Hill have disassociated themselves with the effort. The Montgomery Advertiser specifically cite Montgomery area legislators Rep. Alvin Holmes, Rep. Dick Brewbaker , Sen. Quinton Ross and Sen. Larry Dixon as being disinterested in the coordinated Dial effort.
These statements probably reflect most legislator's thoughts on the effort:
"I don't need anyone in the Senate or the House directing how I need to give to charity," Holmes said.
"(Dial) never contacted me. I think he got the members of his coalition (to give)," Dixon said.
This is small potatoes of course, as I am sure that most Alabama legislators have or will assist with the Katrina relief efforts. But if the Alabama legislature can't overcome its political and personal differences and work together on something as unifying and apolitical as hurricane disaster charity, then how can they ever address the more pressing and divisive issues Alabamians need (and pay) them to confront?
And if you are interested in donating to the Bush-Clinton relief fund click here.