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Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Battle Brewing in Lauderdale

If not for some fractious local political wrangling, Lynn Greer might have run for State House as a Democrat in 2002. Instead Greer succeeded "Goat" Hamilton and became the first Republican elected to the legislature from Lauderdale county. Understandably state and local Democrats have been eyeing Greer's seat ever since.

Retired lobbyist and Democrat Connie Walden has been in the race for months, but some local Dems have been shopping for an alternative. And after a false start or two, they may have found their candidate.

Three term county commissioner Mike Curtis is weighing the race and some Lauderdale Dems think he's their best shot to oust Greer. Curtis has interest in the race but is still weighing personal considerations against his political goals. Still many state and local Democrats are trying to recruit Curtis into the race and the AEA's polling arm has even conducted a Curtis/Greer matchup (I'm told the poll showed a "dead heat" which would bode well for the challenger).

However, even if Curtis does enter the race he will face a tough fight against against Lynn Greer. Greer has been a political fixture locally as he served on the PSC and even made a run for Congress before his latest stint as a Republican State Rep. Greer's well honed retail political skills will no doubt be accompanied by staunch support from the AL GOP and its allies.

A Curtis/Greer matchup would be one of the premier State House races of the cycle and would give House Dems a chance to offset potential losses elsewhere. Ultimately such a race could be as close and important as any State House race in Alabama.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

if a democrat cant beat lying lyn greer in afl-cio country, then the democrats should be run out of town on a rail. isnt walden an ibew member?

9:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've seen that curtis man before. On an Iodine Bottle!

6:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Zac, I don't know what you are smokin' man, but you might consider quitting. Mike Curtis is a laughing stock, and Lynn is tapped into the dough in Monkey town. Lynn Greer has been a wonderful representative for District 2. If he is going anywhere, I wish he would run against Denton, and send the "singing Senator" backing.

11:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

'er that should have been packing, sorry....

11:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

greer is an old power company reject from way back. he is so busy trying to be somebody he has sold out everyone that ever trusted him. ask luther irons.

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