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Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Flowers' Flub

I like Steve Flowers' columns. I've even complimented him here on my blog and encouraged people to visit his site and read his weekly columns. I've especially enjoyed his recent series giving the history of each Alabama governor's race from 1958 to the present.

However, his most recent column (Nov. 30) has left a sour taste in my mouth.

In it he gives an interesting recap of the 1998 governor's race, but unfortunately he makes this statement:
"Siegelman won the 1998 Governor’s race and became one of only two Democratic Governors in the South. "
That is not accurate and I emailed Flowers to let him know. I reminded him that at the time of his inauguration (Jan 1999), Siegelman was actually one of 5 Democratic governors in the South. Siegelman joined Roy Barnes(GA), Jim Hodges(SC), Jim Hunt (NC) and Paul Patton (KY) as Southern Democratic Governors.

Flowers was nice enough to email me back but maintained that he said that Siegelman was one of two Southern Democratic governor's elected that year (1998). And while I think interpreted his statement ("Siegelman won the 1998 Governor’s race and became one of only two Democratic Governors in the South.") correctly the first time, he is still incorrect even under his own (re)interpretation.

There were 6 gubernatorial elections in the South in 1998. The two parties split them evenly with the GOP taking FL, TX, and AR and the Dems winning in AL, GA, and SC. So obviously Siegelman was one of three Democratic governors elected in 1998 and actually 1998 was the best year for Southern Democrats in a long time.

Flowers has a weekly circulation of 335,000 and boasts of writing "Alabama's leading political column". I'm sure there are many Alabamians who get there political news predominantly (or even solely) from Flowers' columns. I think they'd appreciate him correcting the record.

I'll keep reading his colums either way, but I hope he does the right thing.


Anonymous Paul Ray H. said...

Steve Flowers' column is funded entirely by Paul Hubbert and AEA. It was a way of helping Flowers pay off his campaign debt after his failed 2002 State Senate bid. You will notice that Flowers genuflects regularly to Paul Hubbert in the column and also is very kind to Democrats in it for a supposed "Republican."

10:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I always suspected as much. Flowers was so discredited after his last losing race for the Legislature, I wondered why any paper would print (or even cared) about what he thinks. He's usually wrong anyway.

11:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeah, i noticed that he missed that one.

8:05:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

flowers has the morals of an alley cat and wasnt he a wife beater, too?

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

From what I hear, Flowers was considering running for a statewide race (perhaps auditor), but he was bought off by Alabama Power (for a lobbying gig, perhaps?). It's just rumor now, but let's see how it plays out.

11:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

it must have been an extremely slow news day for you to dredge up flowers. jeeze.

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