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Friday, November 18, 2005

Parker Plays It Smart

Finally making the speculation official, Susan Parker recently announced her bid for the Public Service Commission.

Parker is finally showing some sound political judgment. She was elected State Auditor in 1998 and seemed likely to be a long-term presence in state politics until her insistence on running for Senate in a quixotic bid against Jeff Sessions in 2002. Predictably, Parker had problems raising money and was soundly defeated.

After flirting with the Lt. Gov. race, Parker has wisely set her sights on the PSC seat being vacated by George Wallace, Jr. Though Parker will have to face off with Perry Hooper, Jr. to earn a seat on the PSC, this is a much more plausible race with which to revive her political career.

Parker has some political talent and has a statewide victory on her resume' in an era in which that is hard to come by for a Democrat. And while she is not a lock to win the PSC race, this is a wise first step towards a political resurgence and come 2006 she might be one of the few Democrats left in statewide office.

And in a related note a Parker win combined with Jan Cook's likely re-election, could give Democrats their first majority on the Public Service Commission since 1998.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is another dangerous loss possibility for the GOP. Hooper is a time bomb if nominated. He is way too close to the Power Company, and he has been known to be willing to sell his vote in the legislature in the past. Didn't Hooper receive the biggest ethics fine in history when he was a legislator? Didn't his own district boot him out despite his daddy begging and pleading for them to let hi come back?

1:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

does anyone know what regulatory capture means? it doesnt matter who sits on the PSC because the utilities control the PSC. I wouldnt hire sullivan or jan cook to do my laundry. both are suspicious characters that have operated under the radar for years because of the low profile of the PSC. Obviously we all know more than we care to about Wallace jr.
The point is we dont need a PSC. Tennesse got rid of their commission in 1993 and today, 12 yrs later Tennesse has lower utility rates than Alabama and other states with "PUBLIC" service commissions. Parker is just another AEA lackey wannabe. She is no different from Hooper. Both are not employable in the private sector without political connections because neither has any marketable skills. I think the same applies to the current sitting commissioners as well. An in-depth FBI investigation of the PSC is long overdue. Hey, doesnt sullivan live in destin now? yet serves as president of the Ala "public" service commission? I wonder what the chain of title on that property would look like?

2:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just hope she doesn't have those awful "I grew up in a trailer" commercials again.

9:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

who cares if she was born in a trailer? There is more trailer trash in montgomery than anywhere in the world. She will fit right in. You have to see these guys in action at sinclairs or the unnamed downtown bar to know what i mean by trailer trash.

8:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Doesn't Susan Parker have an opponent in the Primary?

6:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am a friend of Debbie Murphree who is running for PSC and Parker will have to run against her before she runs against Hooper. I don't think Hoooper nor Parker will have a chance against Debbie Murphree because she can do the job for the state of Al and keeping down the costs of utilities.
Keep up the good work Debbie Murphree for PSC. Vote for Debbie Murphree and take a look at her website and see what I am saying.

6:36:00 AM  
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