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Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Biddle/Beason Battle for Future of GOP

One of the most interesting election results on the night of June 6th will come out of the State Senate distict 17's GOP primary.

That race will feature a generational and ideological showdown between State Sen Jack Biddle (R-Gardendale) and State Rep Scott Beason (R-Gardendale).

Biddle has been in the Alabama legislature since 1974. Indeed when Biddle was first elected to the State House, Scott Beason was only 5 years old. Biddle served as a Democrat until the mid 1990s and was elected to his first Senate term in 1994. The upcoming 2006 GOP primary will actually be Biddle's first competitive race since the 1994 primary . And who was his opponent in the 1994 GOP primary? None other than Scott Beason.

Biddle defeated Beason with a 60/40 split in that first race. But four years after his defeat by Biddle, Beason ousted incumbent GOP State Rep Jim Townsend and has since become a conservative firebrand in the Democratic House. Beason styles himself as Paul Hubbert and the AEA's number one enemy in the legislature. And while Biddle has been an elected Republican for over a decade, some in the GOP (such as Beason) feel that he has remained too close to his Democratic roots.

While a longtime incumbent like Biddle is normally immune to primary challenges, a Beason candidacy certainly gives Biddle reason to worry. Biddle has not had a tough race since the 1994 primary which could leave his campaign organization and skills a little rusty. Beason's fierce 1998 race and a mildly competitive 2002 primary should have kept his political structure sharper.

Also, part of the Senate district is actually fairly new territory for Biddle. Blount county was added to the 17th district following the 2002 redistricting. And while both Biddle and Beason share a Jefferson county base, Blount's conservative leanings could very well favor the challenger.

Money will be an issue for Beason however. While Biddle should be very well financed from his decades of contacts, Beason's bomb-throwing brand of politics has not exactly endeared him to many legislative interests. However, if Beason is able to energize conservatives throughout the state, he might be able to raise enough money to remain competitive with the incumbent.

Though the winner of the primary will certainly hold onto this safely Republican seat this race has the potential to have significant implications for Republican politics in Alabama. A Beason victory could signal a changing of the guard among the state's GOP and usher in a wave of more strident and conservative Republican politics. And conversely if Biddle is able to rebuff the Beason challenge, the more conciliatory, moderate brand of legislative politics will have been reaffirmed.

I am not sure who will win this rematch, but I'd wager it'll be closer than the 60/40 result in the first Biddle/Beason duel.

34 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Scott Beason is definitely fiery and controversial; he is also courageous and a real leader. If Beason can win this race it could mean that a conservative, Reagan-style revolution against the Paul Hubbert-led special interests that have had a stranglehold on Montgomery may be in motion.

8:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jack Biddle is a good enough guy, but he DID vote for Paul Hubbert's fiscally irresponsible 6% pay hike last year - the only Republican to vote for the huge spending increase in the Senate. We need to send a message to all the bought and paid for legislators that Alabamians are conservative. Nobody is more conservative than Scott Beason. He deserves this election and will win unless the special interests can buy it for Biddle.

8:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

since when did principle get you anywhere in montgomery? Biddle by a regrettable landslide!

10:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There will sure be a landslide of sleazy AEA/NEA liberal money to try to get Geezer Jack Biddle back to foul the halls of the statehouse one more time. If conservatives will actually FINANCIALLY support Beason he'll win, but don't hold your breath on that. The right wing won't spend the money necessary to beat AEA/NEA in elections so we will ALL pay at tax time. I hope Scott Beason can win, but it'll take more involvement by conservatives than there has been in the past.

10:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

biddle is a rino. in bed with hubbert. he might as well be in bed with trial lawyers. it is time for him and other old insiders to hit the road. we are tired of half truths and corruption.

10:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Send Paul Hubbert, the gay-friendly NEA/AEA, and special-interest patsy Jack Biddle a message. Put true conservative Scott Biddle in the Senate and watch the liberals squirm.

7:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OOPS! That last post should have said "true conservative Scott BEASON" Biddle is definitely NOT a conservative.

7:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How long does a "true conservative" stay conservative when put in a position where money is being waved in front of their faces on a daily basis. Either way, we Alabamians will be the ones that pay. Question is, "Do we write Biddle a check now or Beason a check later"?

1:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Scott Beason DOES have integrity. He's never caved to Hubbert and the special interests in two terms in the House, so I doubt AEA could buy him in the Senate, either.

3:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Of course Biddle also voted for the fiscally irresponsible Riley $1.3 Billion Tax Plan. So to me this would make Beason an even better candidate.

9:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Scott Beason is such a good guy.
Seeing him confronted in public recently was an experience. He never raised his voice and never said a negative word about his opponent. The end result was that he won over a new friend and supporter. So many voters just do not understand the issues or the records of the candidates.
Scott Beason has done a great job as our Representative and we expect more from him as our Senator.

1:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What has Scott Beason accomplished in Montgomery? THIS QUESTION MUST BE ASKED. Beason has sponsored or co-sponsored over 60 bills as our Representative, only to have ONE passed into law. Certaintly a true "legislator" / leader should have the ability to contribute more to our community than this. This indicates he is not taken seriously by his fellow lawmakers. Additionally, Beason is not the friend of ANY hard working school teacher, his voting record speaks loud and clear to this. Voting against the children will be his one way ticket home.
Lastly, Scott Beason is "Mr. Special Interest of the Year" having already sold $$$$ his soul to ALFA Insurance for this election. Senator Biddle will win this election because the people know he is a man of accomplishment and a PROVEN leader.

5:58:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have looked hard at the records of both Rep. Beason and Sen. Biddle. I can't find anything Beason has accomplished in eight years. I truly hope I am missing something. Eight years is alot of wasted time. They both appear to be be good guys. Biddle's record of getting things done is solid. I am confussed as to why Beason feels he is qualified to be a State Senator?

4:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with the person right above me. In the 2 terms that Scott Beason has served, I am almost 100% sure that he has only passed 1 bill. I don't know what he's doing, other than pissing off teachers and other members of the school system, but 1 bill in 8 years isn't really very impressive at all. I'm for Biddle, I've personally met both candidates before, and I can say with all assurance that Biddle is a go getter, he gets things done.

1:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The fact of the matter is, Beason isn't qualified in any way to be a Senator. He has only gotten one bill passed throughout his entire time in the house of representatives (8 years). One bill in almost a decade is pathetic. But at least he's got that geology degree and a "successful" business career. Don't even get me started on Scott Beason, I could make a list a mile long of why he isn't qualified and shouldn't be elected.

1:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

JACK BIDDLE is owned by AEA DRUMMOND COAL and any one else that needs his vote. He is their goto man anytime they need one REPUBLICAN to vote their way. Biddle is a liar and a thief and you can take that to the bank. Because he sure has.

5:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How funny...

AEA members have quickly caught this blog to start defaming Beason. The Legislature has passed very few good bills in recent years including many that Beason has sponsored. Of course many legislators don't listen to Beason...they listen to AEA who gives between 10,000 and 25,000 to their campaigns.

The Legislature is controlled by AEA, and makes sure it protects BellSouth, the Power Company and a few other businesses who are in bed with a crooked old school generation of Democrat politicians. And Biddle is effectively one of them.

AEA's goal is to pay education employees more - bottom line. AEA opposes teacher testing or higher academic standards. Not the group I want advocating for my children...

4:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is amazing to me how Scott Beason sought after Jack Biddle's support when he was running for the legislature and now he can't find anything good to say about him. Scott Beason used Jack Biddle's good name and Jack Biddle's endorsement in his campaign for legislator. NOW that Scott Beason wants the seat in the Senate the only things he has to say about Jack Biddle are negative. ISN'T THAT FUNNY!! If one didn't know better, one would think that SCOTT BEASON USES PEOPLE FOR HIS OWN INTERESTS!! Which leads me to believe that his interest in the Senate is entirely self-serving. Scott Beason likes to promote himself as a "business man", but what kind of business is he in?? I was under the impression that his construction business of building decks ceased to exist many years ago?? Kind of makes you wonder doesn't it?? The point that comes across loud and clear to me is that Scott Beason really does not have much to say about what he has accomplished in his stint as a legislator nor about what he has to offer the State of Alabama. Since he can't really lift himself up, his course of action is to tear his competition down with lies and false accusations. Scott Beason's actions speak louder than his words and if this is the kind of "moral" representation he is offering the state of Alabama -- NO THANK YOU! SCOTT BEASON IS THE KIND OF PERSON THAT GIVES POLITICS A BAD NAME!!

2:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is amazing to me how Scott Beason sought after Jack Biddle's support when he was running for the legislature and now he can't find anything good to say about him. Scott Beason used Jack Biddle's good name and Jack Biddle's endorsement in his campaign for legislator. NOW that Scott Beason wants the seat in the Senate the only things he has to say about Jack Biddle are negative. ISN'T THAT FUNNY!! If one didn't know better, one would think that SCOTT BEASON USES PEOPLE FOR HIS OWN INTERESTS!! Which leads me to believe that his interest in the Senate is entirely self-serving. Scott Beason likes to promote himself as a "business man", but what kind of business is he in?? I was under the impression that his construction business of building decks ceased to exist many years ago?? Kind of makes you wonder doesn't it?? The point that comes across loud and clear to me is that Scott Beason really does not have much to say about what he has accomplished in his stint as a legislator nor about what he has to offer the State of Alabama. Since he can't really lift himself up, his course of action is to tear his competition down with lies and false accusations. Scott Beason's actions speak louder than his words and if this is the kind of "moral" representation he is offering the state of Alabama -- NO THANK YOU! SCOTT BEASON IS THE KIND OF PERSON THAT GIVES POLITICS A BAD NAME!!

3:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is amazing to me how Scott Beason sought after Jack Biddle's support when he was running for the legislature and now he can't find anything good to say about him. Scott Beason used Jack Biddle's good name and Jack Biddle's endorsement in his campaign for legislator. NOW that Scott Beason wants the seat in the Senate the only things he has to say about Jack Biddle are negative. ISN'T THAT FUNNY!! If one didn't know better, one would think that SCOTT BEASON USES PEOPLE FOR HIS OWN INTERESTS!! Which leads me to believe that his interest in the Senate is entirely self-serving. Scott Beason likes to promote himself as a "business man", but what kind of business is he in?? I was under the impression that his construction business of building decks ceased to exist many years ago?? Kind of makes you wonder doesn't it?? The point that comes across loud and clear to me is that Scott Beason really does not have much to say about what he has accomplished in his stint as a legislator nor about what he has to offer the State of Alabama. Since he can't really lift himself up, his course of action is to tear his competition down with lies and false accusations. Scott Beason's actions speak louder than his words and if this is the kind of "moral" representation he is offering the state of Alabama -- NO THANK YOU! SCOTT BEASON IS THE KIND OF PERSON THAT GIVES POLITICS A BAD NAME!!

3:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Scott Beason continues to lie and use so many people. He stated on a radio interview last week that Senator Biddle was spending $400,000 on his re-election, while he was only spending 25% of that. Filed reports show where Biddle has not spent anything close to $400,000. BEASON CAN NOT TELL THE TRUTH. BEASON STATED THAT HE WOULD SPEND ABOUT $100,000 ON HIS ELECTION EFFORTS, WHEN THE STATED FACTS SHOW THAT HE IS SPENDING RIGHT UNDER $300,000. CHECK THE FACTS. ALFA INSURANCE OWNS SCOTT BEASON.
BEASON YOU ARE A EXPERT LIAR.
ALFA INSURANCE

11:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Scott Beason is a failed business man who can't support his family. Without Montgomery he is an empty suit, and I think he knows it.

11:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I used to work for Scott Beason at his small business on the southside of Birmingham. He liked to hear himself talk then and it seems as if some things never change. He would talk first and foremost about money and occasionally he would tell you what a talented politician he was. However, the only talent he displayed was yelling at the too-numerous homeless individuals occupying the area while showing disgust and contempt for their lives.

Actually, he was also quite proficient at calling the Birmingham police to disperse the homeless population while wearing the smirk of a vain, pompous man. There should be public records of this I would imagine.

Scott Beason is truly out of touch, and a poor representation of the love of Christ, or else he is ignorant to the plight of the poor and truly didnt know that a vast majority of people living without homes are struggling with addiction or mental disorders.

11:48:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Scott,
You won. Its your job now. First,

Enroll your kids in public school as promised.

Remember true friends are not available in Montgomery, please don't sell your soul like Waggoner did. It takes many, many years to establish a good name, and only one election to destroy it.

Good luck Senator Beason.

11:12:00 PM  
Blogger Kimberly said...

Hmmm...after reading all the previous comments, I must borrow an old cliche'...."an individual's perception becomes his own reality."

The majority of these prior comments are authored by citizens with a strange litmus test. By their own "personal" standards, many of our founding fathers wouldn't have been elected. Please...it's a new day with a new job description. Mr. Beason will soon be in the senate. He deserves a chance to earn respect from his district.

Mr. Beason has accountability to his constituents. Utilize his office phone numbers and email to to stay in touch with him. Use your voice...it's your obligation to the men who have died throughout history to give you a voice.

Public schools? That's a criteria for an elected official? Children are the biggest blessing AND responsibility a parent is given. Where the Beasons entrust their children to receive an education is their private decision. That decision is not in the hands of the constituents.

I don't know whether to offer congratulations or condolences for Mr Beason's victory. Mr Beason certainly has rattled the district. If apathy has been discarded just by his election, then Mr Beason has already injected new direction. Perhaps one can surmise....he's definitely a new beginning?

I've never been able to cast a ballot in Mr. Beason's favor. I've never resided in Mr. Beason's district.

Yet... Once upon a time, seven short years ago to be exact, I did have the privilege of caring for a beautiful baby boy who belonged to the Beasons. The short time we were thrust into each others' lives was filled with one crisis after another. I witnessed this man endure highs, lows, joy, despair, and a myriad of other emotions. The integrity and strength which he displayed carved an infinite imprint in my mind.

The citizens of Mr Beason's district have a rarity among elected officials.....Controversial? Yes Confrontational? Perhaps Passionate? Yes
Sincere? Yes

Most important...Honest and Truthful... Wow, to be so blessed. The district is fortunate

5:48:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Scott Beason's wife is not what she appears to be. More to come.

10:09:00 PM  
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