Parker Plays It Smart
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.