Landmark Party Switch
However, commissioner Jeff Clark's switch seems to have been a long time in the making and looks to have more to do with his own deteriorating political situation than any principled decision making. Apparently scandals involving nepotism and/or favoritism have been swirling around Clark and his political conversion seems to be a "Hail Mary" effort to revive his political career.
However even if this specific instance isn't especially significant, the larger trend is ominous for Alabama Democrats. The example of the once Democrat dominated Morgan County Commission now controlled exclusively by the GOP is a microcosm of the Democratic decline of the past 10-15 years But it is not quite that simple as the pre-2000 Democratic strength of Morgan county is probably overestimated. In reality Morgan county is slightly more Republican than the state as a whole.
Incidentally Morgan county will play host to one of the marquee State Senate races. Longtime Morgan county Probate Judge Democrat Bobby Day will try to hold on to retiring State Sen Tommy Ed Roberts' (D - Hartselle) seat while Republican Arthur Orr attempts to wrestle it away.
Democrats need to start reversing the trends that have developed in places like Morgan county and 2006 will give them a fighting chance to do so.