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Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Wanted: Dem to Challenge Rogers (The Long List)

Yesterday I discussed why Mike Rogers shouldn't be considered safe. Indeed the biggest obstacle Democrats have in opposing him is not the district or the political environment, but the simple fact that they don't have a candidate.

So, in attempt to help the Democrats and to give political bloggers a competitive federal race on which to opine, I've taken the liberty of developing a list of Democrats who could take on Mike Rogers.

The obvious place to look is the state legislature, so here are the Dems who represent areas in the state Senate or State House that fall within the 3rd Congressional District.

The Long List

State Senate
Larry Means
Gerald Dial (ran in the 1996 3rd CD primary)
Myron Penn
Ted Little (was the Democratic nominee in the 3rd CD in 1996)
Jim Preuitt
Quinton Ross


State House
Richard Lindsey
Barbara Boyd
Steve Hurst
Richard Laird
Jack Venable
Betty Carol Graham
Pebblin Warren
Lesley Vance
George Bandy
Thad McClammy
Alvin Holmes


Of course many on this list are not viable candidates nor would they have any interest in a congressional race. But there are also at least a couple of legislators who could provide Rogers with some very stiff competition should they be enticed into the race.

Looking past the state legislature, there are still a few other choices.

The Others
Bill Fuller
- 2004 nominee and ex state legislator
Joe Turnham - 2002 nominee and current ADP party chair
Bobby Bright - Montgomery Mayor

Fuller obviously had a disastrous run in 2004, but without having to run against the John Kerry drag and with experience earned in his previous bid, he should be able to improve his performance.

Turnham's recent election as ADP chair probably precludes a rematch. But if he were to run he'd have a clear primary field and a more hospitable environment. His 2002 race was in the shadow of 9/11 and the Iraq War, but a 2006 race would probably be on a more Democrat-friendly terrain.

Bright has been mentioned to have ambitions beyond city hall. He could raise plenty of money with his Montgomery contacts, but a "big city" mayor might not play well in the more rural parts of the district. Plus, Montgomery county is split between the 3rd and the 2nd districts so all of Bright's base isn't intact. But given his stature and connections, Bright could give Rogers a serious run.

Wildcards
There are of course other ambitious mayors, city councilors, county commissioners, etc in the 3rd who could carry the Democratic banner. There might even be a private citizen (businessman, attorney) who could dump some of his own money into the race and give Rogers a headache.

I am not sure if any credible Democrat will oppose Mike Rogers, but I think this list shows there are at least a few strong Democrats left in the hills of the 3rd district.

11 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm convinced that Joe Turnham would have beaten Rogers had Joe not been stabbed in the back by the national Demo. party's refusal to infuse some last minute cash in order to counteract national GOP money going to Rogers. The moral of that story is that no Democratic congressional candidate in Alabama can expect any help from the national party. That truth alone might discourage many Democrats from running.

7:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hear that Sy Sperling - the president of "Hair Club for Men" - is a big Mike Rogers fan . . . .

7:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I live in Montgomery. We are all paying for bobby brights stupidity. skyrocketing crime, suspcious shady land deals that enrich his family, not available to the public, he has totally allowed mark kennedy, voted the most corrupt judge in america by readers digest, to run downtown development. Colonial Bank is moving its national corporate HQ to pike road, out of downtown. And, Bright called prattville a "sleeping area' when he meant, bedroom community. He is an embarrassment to thinking people,but kennedy has told him (as has his boy joe perkins a la siegelman corruption) that he is made for congress. Even the people that work for bright say if he doesnt have a script, look out.
Yes, I am a democrat, but I am tired of stupidity and corruption. Honestly, give myron penn a few more years in the state senate, say till 2010 when artur runs for governor, then myron should run for congress.

8:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do any of these people actually live in the district?

9:05:00 AM  
Blogger PoliSciZac said...

A few of the legislators might live outside the district, but they at least represent part of the district in the state legislature.

But almost all of these names do reside in the district.

9:16:00 AM  
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