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Friday, December 23, 2005

Appeals Races Fill Up

Appeals court races are not usually the most exciting or high profile contests. But they are still statewide seats that can provide a launching pad for future runs at higher office (Just ask Glenn Murdock and Sue Bell Cobb.)

This week saw the birth of candidacies by Republicans Phillip Wood and Terry Moore for open appellate seats. But the most interesting occurrence surrounding these events was the appearance of Tom Parker at the Wood announcement.

This is further evidence of an organized effort by religious conservatives to field their own judicial slate unafraid to take on business-backed established GOP judges. Though many feel Roy Moore is behind this effort, the face in front is that of Tom Parker. As one e-mailer said to me this week, "There may not be a Moore ticket, but it sure looks like some kind of Parker ticket is taking shape".

Democrats got some good news as well as Birmingham attorney Jim McFerrin signaled interest in an appellate seat. Dem chair Joe Turnham also mentioned another mystery candidate who he expects to announce soon. Counting those two candidates, Democrats still need to field 6 more candidates for a full judicial slate. I expect the Democrats to run candidates for all the court seats, but at this rate there might be more Parker-backed candidates than Democrats after the April filing deadline.

Keep track of the candidate developments with the AlabamaElections Directory.


Anonymous SouthernLawyer said...

The first two judicial candidates publicly endorsed by Tom Parker -- Glenn Murdock and Phillip Wood -- also enjoy support from the business wing of the Republican party.

Historically, this combination of evangelical and business support has been the winning ticket for Republican candidates, and these two races may signal some rapprochement between these two wings of the party, which have been estranged since the business interests opposed Roy Moore in the Ten Commandments monument controversy.

The true test of this nascent reconciliation will come if Parker throws his weight behind other evangelical candidates that business interests are more hesitant to support.

That will be an interesting challenge for the business groups, as they are no longer the only funding source available to support the evangelicals, who can't be ignored because they can best deliver what ultimately counts most on election day: votes.

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Blogger ColonelRebel said...

The business "wing" showed their strength with their fight for Amendment One. And all the kings horses and all the kings men couldn't reelect Jean Brown. Don't forget that!

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've met McFerrin and have been impressed. If he runs, he was my support.

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Judge Wood talks about Moore in this article.

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