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Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Callahan Cleared and Ready to Run

Ex State Sen George Callahan was recently cleared after a three year ethics investigation. The allegations surrounding Callahan had revolved around discretionary funds steered to a company employing his son. The Alabama Ethics Commission found probable cause that Callahan had broken the law, but Troy King's office is not going to pursue the case further and has "closed the file" on the case.

Callahan was defeated in a very close race by Gary Tanner in 2002 and it is certainly possible that this charge, first alleged during the campaign, made the difference. Tanner is apparently gearing up for a comeback bid for office. He's been mum about what office he'll seek, but I've been told he's eyeing his old state senate district.

If Callahan does indeed seek a rematch with Gary Tanner, District 35 will no doubt be one of the premier races for control of the state senate.

10 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

whay other office might he seek?

4:10:00 PM  
Blogger PoliSciZac said...

That's a good question. If he did want to avoid a rematch with Tanner he could try to move over to next door District 34 where incumbent Hap Myers is retiring. It is a solidly GOP district so if Callahan could win the primary then he wouldn't have to worry about a November grudge match.

This would require him to do a little bit of carpetbagging, but it's been done before.

He could also run for State House and seek HD 102 which will be open since incumbent Rusty Glover is running for the aforementioned open State Senate 34 seat.

I suppose he could also run for one of the PSC seats. Certainly his name recognition (or at least last name) would make him a contender for the nomination.

I am sure he'd like to get some political payback on Gary Tanner, but I think that race would be the most difficult for Callahan. If he just wants to find an office so he can claim victory and coast through another couple of terms then the state house makes the most sense.

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