Peavy Wants Mobile Election Pushed Back (Hurricane Politics II)
Mobile mayoral candidate John Peavy wants the election date pushed back from its current date of September 13. As we discussed in our "Hurricane Politics" post on Tuesday, the Hurricane Katrina related damage has put the mayoral campaign on hold while Mobile get its collective life back together. This campaign pause has come as a disservice to Peavy's mayoral hopes as he needs all the time and attention he can muster to make up the 25% he needs to edge frontrunner Sam Jones. Peavy says he is seeking the delay because, "This just doesn't seem to be the right time". The process of postponing the election seems a little murky and it'd be suprising if all the necessary actors could come together on what has the potential to be a very politically charged issue.
We won't speculate about Peavy's motives for seeking this postponement as there certainly are serious issues to address in Mobile. But if somehow the election is pushed back a couple of weeks Peavy should stand to benefit from the extra time. But ultimately, no matter when the election is (most likely the original Sept. 13), Sam Jones is still the favorite.