The Waiting is the Hardest Part
It looks like we are finally in sight of the true kickoff to the primary election season.
The Democratic field finally gelled with Don Siegelman's long anticipated admission that he will join LG Lucy Baxley in the Democratic primary for governor.
The Republican field has been much slower to form. Though both Bob Riley and Roy Moore are expected to run in the GOP primary, neither has officially declared as of yet. Even potential longshot Harri Anne Smith has been coy about her plans after recently floating a bid.
However, the air of uncertainty surrounding the Republican gubernatorial primary should receive a couple of jolts of clarity over the next couple of weeks.
Roy Moore has an announcement in Gadsden on Oct. 3 and Bob Riley is expected to announce his plans at a birthday party in Birmingham on Oct. 8. Both of these announcements have the feel of a campaign kick-off and supporters of each candidate are expecting their man to make the race.
Riley was thought to be ready to kick off his campaign at a Labor Day party, but that event was cancelled as Riley dealt with the preparation and aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. So in rescheduling his announcement, Riley could have chosen to preempt Moore by announcing prior to Moore's Oct. 3 rally. Instead Riley has decided to let Moore have that week all to himself and to announce his re-election the following week.
The governor's race has been pretty dull thus far on the Republican side, but in less than one week, the chips will begin to fall and Alabama could see it's most raucous primary season in a generation.