Chewing on Cobb's Kickoff
Cobb said she expects to be the only candidate in the race with extensive experience as a judge, saying that as a trial court judge she tried cases in 40 of Alabama's 67 counties. "My potential opponents have not tried a single case in a single county," Cobb said.
Certainly on trial experience alone, Cobb is much more tested than either of her opponents. Cobb also foreshadowed another theme we're likely to hear throughout her campaign.
She said one incident that helped define her career came in 1989 when her home was firebombed, apparently the result of a child abuse case in her court. "I
know what it is to be the victim of crime and I understand the fears and frustrations faced by those who have seen the system fail," she said.
A judicial campaign centered around victim's rights should provide Cobb a solid platform.
However, the most heated rhetoric came from Tom Parker when asked about his potential GOP primary foe Drayton Nabers.
Parker said that without another candidate, the Supreme Court race would be between "the architect and the cheerleader for the largest tax increase in Alabama history." As finance director for Riley, Nabers helped develop the governor's $1.2 billion tax package that was rejected by voters in 2003. Cobb campaigned for the tax plan.
Parker has long attacked Nabers for his role in Amendment One, but it is interesting to see him take the same tack against Cobb. Assuming Parker does enter the race, he seems to ensure the race will revolve around such hot button issues as Amendment One and potentially the 10 Commandments removal.
Though it will not generate as much coverage as the Governor's race, I expect the Chief Justice race to be as competitive and nasty as any on the ballot.