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Thursday, January 05, 2006

Lucy's Launch

Lucy Baxley kicked off her gubernatorial campaign Wednesday in Montgomery. Media coverage of the event can be found here, here, here, and here.

Baxley's biggest challenge was to successfully articulate why she wanted to be governor and what she would do if elected. And while she didn't embrace a big idea (e.g. constitutional reform) or outline specifics of her platform , she did at least discuss several issues about which she feels strongly.

From Phillip Rawls the AP:

Baxley laid out a lengthy campaign platform that included better state insurance coverage for children from low-income families, protecting tax revenue for public education from being used for other purposes, and toughening ethics laws to prohibit a public official from receiving more than $250 in one year from a person or group. She also promised to create a Cabinet-level position to work on small business development and advocated a tax credit for small businesses that provide health insurance for their employees.
So while no one will confuse the above stump speech with a detailed policy proposal, Baxley's campaign is making some progress in developing more depth and substance. Of course, such progress needs to continue throughout the campaign. Baxley also talked up her faith and ethics in her speech. Given her competition for the top spot, faith and ethics look to be central tenets of the campaign.

Democratic State Senators Lowell Barron and Roger Bedford were in attendance supporting Baxley. State employee chief Mac McArthur also had nice things to say about Baxley, though he stopped short of an endorsement.

With the Riley/Moore battle looming and Siegelman's trial on deck, Baxley's gubernatorial ambitions are largely captive to external circumstances. But with a smooth kickoff and solid fundraising (we'll know after the Jan. 31 filing), Baxley can put herself in position to succeed if events break her way.

29 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

baxley needs to lay out more of what she is for. also, i saw where tanner in mobile is going to get a re-match

4:37:00 PM  
Blogger PoliSciZac said...

Yeah, I'll have a post on the rematch tomorrow.

6:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Empty Skirt didn't make a single substantive point in her campaign announcement. She won't ever address an issue - wait and see. Her whole political life is a creation of AEA.

8:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

an aea goon runs her campaign. need anything else be said?
she is an idiot

9:04:00 AM  
Blogger The Alabama Moderate said...

I dunno. Compared to the other frontrunner for the Dem nod, Gov. Don, she seems to be the better of the two choices in that she at the very least seems to have no major scandals following her. She could very well win the nomination on an "anything but Seigelman" campaign. After all, a similar approach almost won John Kerry a presidency. (No real platform, just "not Bush." Lost by about 3% with a 3-5% margin of error.) It would be nice, though, to see her take a real stand.

10:28:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wouldnt vote for siegelman if he was the last savior for alabama. he is a thief of the highest order.

12:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I will make a challenge to the posters right here and now, and let's see how long it takes for anyone to come up with a REAL answer: name ONE accomplishment in Lucy Baxley's ENTIRE political career - and DO NOT use the prepaid college affordable tuition plan (PACT) - that was George Wallace Jr.'s baby. Lucy had NOTHING to do with it.

I bet you can't come up with anything. I am anticipating a lot of "she hasn't been indicted" comments. Well neither has my Irish Setter. Is Lucy any more qualified than Sir Lickshisprivates?

1:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One has to remember that the State Treasurer's office and the Lt. Gov's office, as now structured, are not really venues in which the holder finds many opportunities to realize "accomplishments," other than performing their constitutionally mandated functions.

That being said, I accept the challenge and point out that Lucy Baxley, as State Treasurer, established the program whereby over $30 million in unclaimed monies was returned to their rightful owners. These were individuals who had, perhaps, moved and left no forwarding address or otherwise did not receive money to which they were entitled and, under the law, had been turned over to the state. This could be anything from a utility deposit or returned income tax refund to the last paycheck from an employer for a worker deployed in the military and who left no forwarding address.

I would venture to guess that there are few individuals in state government who know as much about how state government works as Lucy does, thanks to her experiences in the Treasurer's office and as Lt. Gov.

Considering the previous posts over the past few months, I believe those who have not already made their choice for governor will be pleasantly surprised when, as she unveils more details about her platform, Lucy shows the depth of her knowledge.

Guy Hunt proved it didn't take a rocket scientist to be governor, and she's a far cry from that. Roy Moore doesn't want to be governor but, rather, 'the national spokesperson for Christianity;' the Riley Administration has been the personification of the good-old-boy, let-my-son-and-my-buddies-get-rich government; and Siegelman, well, we all know that story... Lucy may well be the best of the bunch. Or is it that the more masculine among you aren't quite sure you want a woman as governor?

2:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hard to see how Lucy could be any better than ol' Bob. Granted, he's made his share of mistakes and ain't exactly settin' the woods on fire, but Lucy's dumber than my dog and has not come close to explaining why we should make a change.

4:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

siegelman is a thief and rumor says maybe gay so he is out. riley definitely is making his kids rich. I think he is siegelman with more polish. He could be presiding over the same corruption siegelman authored. Baxley? who knows, but right now she get my vote. but, paul hubbert is a deal killer. I hate AEA

5:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So how long do we think Lucy spent drafting her announcement statement??? What she essentially said was, "For the past 40 years, we have picked governors by saying, 'Well, the new WOMAN can't possibly be as bad as the old guy...'" (See comment: "Well, this year I don't think the new guy should be a guy at all. I think it should be a woman, and I am that woman.") Isn't it the part about being as bad as the previous governor that she should have contrasted???

You heard it straight from Lucy---"Elect me for more of the same in Alabama...the ONLY change voters will see, is gender!!!"

Brilliant...

10:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In 24 hours, the SINGLE thing Lucy's ENTIRE CAMPAIGN STAFF could come up with as an "accomplishment" after 12 YEARS in office was "she returned unclaimed money to some taxpayers." By the way, I think George Wallace Jr. started THAT program too.

The Empty Skirt is indeed EMPTY. Lucy Smith is truly unqualified to be governor - she is unqualified to manage a 7/11. What a tragic joke on Alabama.

8:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not that it has anything to do with her qualifications, but just as a matter of curiosity, I ran across "She first came to Montgomery as a single mother after having worked in municipal and county jobs in the Wiregrass. She married Bill Baxley while he was attorney general." in The Mobile Register. Does anyone know her history well enough to say whether that means she is twice divorced, or whether she was an unwed mother?

9:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is Lucy's dirty little public secret. She was married to another man (her first husband) while carrying on an extramarital affair with Bill Baxley for over a decade. It is politically incorrect to bring things like this up, but you can bet your bottom dollar that in Alabama her extramarital affairs will be an issue in the campaign. Thi is a religious conservative state.

10:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

dont that mean bill baxley was doing the same thing? he took up with marie pratt, some lady of the mob out of new orleans whiel he was marred to lucy. look all these people is weak and none of them worthey of public office, but we got no choices here. riley for rich, siegelman a light in the loafers thief, or lucy?

we are the biggest losers.

10:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's January 9, 2006 and Lucy STILL hasn't taken a position on ANYTHING.

3:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lucy Baxley is a great leader and a great woman and will be the best governor Alabama has ever had.

As for her name, she was Lucy Baxley when she first ran for public office, state treasurer in 1994. She did not marry Jim Smith until after she had been office for a while. So, like most people with a recognizable name (politicians, celebrities, etc.), she chose to professionally keep her name.

I can't believe anyone would say she has no experience. She has worked in local and state government for decades. She knows how the system works. As state treasurer for 8 years she did wonderful things.

- She expanded the PACT Program which has helped many kids, otherwise not able to afford it, attend college.

- She revamped the Unclaimed Property Program which gave over $30 million dollars back to Alabamians.

- She brought technology to the treasurer's office that made it much more efficient than before.

- She created a collateral pool which secures all public funds in any bank in Alabama. These funds were previously unsecured.

As lieutenant governor she has continued to do great things. She has been a no-nonsense presiding officer and demanded punctuality and hard work from Alabama's legislators.

She also sits on over 30 statewide boards, which insures her expertise in all facets of how the state operates.

As for her speech, there was MUCH more to it than "I am a woman." She did emphasize the point, but she also talked about some major issues.

As for her taking a stand on issues, she definitely has done so. I encourage you all to check out her website, www.lucybaxley.com and click on "Issues." The first part of her platform is clearly spelled out there.

And so what if Lucy Baxley is friends with Paul Hubbert. That doesn't mean he will be in charge. I think it's a good thing they have a good relationship. The last time I checked, Alabama ranked near the bottom in education. We need a governor that will work to improve our children's education, and Lucy Baxley is the person for the job.

1:54:00 PM  
Anonymous cloyd said...

paul hubbert has been the only constant in alabama education for 40 yrs. politicians have come and gone, hubbert got rich, kids got the shaft. And you say it is good that lucy is his friend? you, fellow poster are an idiot or a campaign employee. paul hubbert is what is wrong with this state. I wouldnt be surprised if he aint indited in the next siegelman corruption grand jury probe.

3:56:00 PM  
Anonymous The Discerning Voter said...

Nice of a Lucy campaign operative to make all those inflated claims about her "experience" and "accomplishments" above. The fact remains that she is a nothing, a nobody, a zero.

She Is THE EMPTY SKIRT!

8:52:00 PM  
Anonymous The old farmer said...

Hey Lucy backer! You actually think "demanding PUNCTUALITY" is a "GREAT ACCOMPLISHMENT."????????

If THAT is what you are going to try to sell the people of this state as an "accomplishment" the skirt is even emptier than we thought. What a complete nonentity.

8:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can someone comment on what Bob Riley brought to the governor's office when he was elected?

2:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Lucy Baxley Campaign said...

This just in: Lucy Baxley has announced that the old "Schoolhouse Rock" song "Zero, My Hero" will be her OFFICIAL campaign song.

7:38:00 AM  
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