Tanner/Callahan III: The War on the Shore
You'll remember that the 2002 bout between Callahan and Tanner resulted in the closest state senate race in the state. Tanner bested incumbent Callahan by less than 2% after an intense campaign. An ethics charge that haunted Callahan during his 2002 loss has since been closed, hypothetically leaving him with less baggage than during his last race.
2002 was not the first time these two locked horns though. They faced off for a seat on the Mobile County Commission in the 90s with Callahan again emerging as the victor.
Callahan may not have a clear shot at Tanner in 2006 though. Mobile city councilman Ben Brooks is also eyeing the GOP nomination. Democrats actually believe that Brooks may pose a stronger challenge to Tanner than the battle scarred Callahan. Indeed, Democrats were hopeful that Brooks would land an appointment to a vacant district judgeship which would have removed him from the race. However, Brooks was passed over for that spot and again has his sights set on the State Senate.
A Brooks/Callahan primary would be a battle of Mobile GOP giants. However, the real winner would probably be Gary Tanner who would be able to sit back and preserve his warchest while his potential Republican opponents fight one another.
And if you're interested in this race, keep an eye on Chip Drago's site. He has the scoop on Mobile politics.