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Saturday, January 28, 2006

Weekend Winners and Losers - 01/28


Larry Dixon - The GOP State Senator saw his his road to re-election smooth out as potential primary foe Barry Mask won the GOP nomination for a State House special election. Whether Mask wins or loses the Feb 28 special, he's expected to vie for the State House seat in November which removes him as Dixon's strongest primary foe.

Ken Guin - The State House Majority Leader saw his Bible Literacy Bill approved by the House Education Committee, albeit on a party line vote.

Harri Anne Smith - Senate Republicans lone female member aborted her prospective gubernatorial bid and endorsed the frontrunning incumbent. Smith's flirtation with a run gained her exposure and fundraising contacts without an embarrassing statewide loss.


George Callahan - The ex State Senator's comeback bid got significantly more difficult this week as fellow Republican and Mobile city councilman Ben Brooks announced his candidacy for the Mobile-based District 35. The winner of the GOP primary will face Democratic incumbent Gary Tanner.

Stacy Lee George - The Morgan County Commissioner and GOP candidate for PSC was rebuked by his local party for "boorish" and unacceptable behavior. George had publicly criticized the fellow Republican sheriff and county commissioners.

Luther Strange for Attorney General - The movement to urge the Birmingham attorney to challenge incumbent Troy King in the GOP primary took a hit this week, as Strange officially filed for the Lieutenant Governor's race.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

the biggest loser in 2006 will be luther strange and bradley arant law firm.
if that law firm had any sense, they would have pushed george harris, not luther strange. strange is one of those who 'washington crowd' you out in state politics. George is fine friendly young man who has no skeletons like strange. This whole strange candidacy issue will bite bradley arant in the rear for a long time.

3:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

george is a Democrat

5:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Strange played everyone like a fiddle. He head faked an interested in AG to get support for his Lt. Gov. bid. King's supporters went on alert and promised Strange the moon if he wouldn't run. That came on Thursday in the form of the BCA endorsement. The Strange AG candidacy also worked well for King since Strange was able to put pressure on Will Sellers not to run. Strange called Sellers and asked for his support for AG. Sellers dropped out after calls from significant movers and shakers in the GOP told Sellers that Strange would run if he would announce is decision not to enter the AG race. The real losers in this deal are the leadership donors in the GOP and business community who know King can't win and thought they had a candidate in Strange. They are now said to be scrambling to find a candidate. Once Strange qualified and the game was up, GOP stallwarts begin planning on finding another candidate to defeat King. Jean Brown was contacted by significant GOP donors but she declined to switch races. There is now a mad dash to find a candidate to take on King. The last chapter in this saga hasn't been written. Look for the vetting in the coming weeks of another candidate for AG. The following are being approached to run: Fob James, III, Judge Jerry Stokes, Stan McDonald, Matt Lempke and Randy Hillman.

6:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

About George:

He's really more of a Fob James Republican than a Bob Riley. His base is the kind that supports candidates like Tom Parker, Roy Moore, and George Wallace, Jr. George, like them, is just as much a firebrand and is just as corrupt.

6:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

jerry stokes is roger bedford's judge isnt he?
anyway, strange has f'd up the repub primary, but like i read on here before, the fix is in for john tyson with the big mules. tyson will win and thats why DC buttboy strange was waved off. strange is now stuck against george wallace jr. strange knows that wallace will gut him if he raises a finger. Strange is a putz.

8:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's odd that Mask isn't considered a winner this week, as he was actually a winner this week.

12:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

george isnt fob james. george isnt corrupt. I have known george for years and he can get things done. luther strange is simply that, strange. he is arrogant, distant and obviously not well respected. why else would the republican leadership in teh US Senate endorse george wallace jr?
strange has been around DC for years and an unknown corrpt figure like wallace steals his thunder?
Strange is just an egocentric, unskilled, overpaid dilletante.

9:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Zac - how in the world is Roy Moore not a loser this week? Smith's endorsement of Riley eliminates the possibility of a runoff in the GOP primary, which, I believe, effectively ends any chance Moore has of winning.

10:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's the difference in a two-way primary (should no one else enter the race) and a run off? Roy Moore's chances are the same both ways.

11:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can't Will Sellars change his mind now that Strange has weaved back to the Light Governor's race? I think that he should.

11:34:00 AM  
Blogger PoliSciZac said...

I didn't name Mask as a "winner" since I had given his primary win in depth coverge earlier in the week. I was trying to cover developments I'd missed during the week.

And I didn't have Moore as a "loser" since I don't see the GOP Gov primary fundamentally changed now that Harri Anne Smith is out. It's always been a Moore/Riley race and it still is. Also the fundraising PAC story might have the potential to get do damage to Riley, in which case in a few months we might look back on this week as a major turning point in the race.

Thanks for the comments.

1:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Sellers has moved on, but if no one qualifies against King he should reconsider. He has worked on numerous campaigns and has the political connections to easily beat King. Sellers is a real lawyer. The contrast between what Sellers has done professionally as well as politically and King's dismal record is sharp. Once voters understand King's lack of experience and multiple failures in office, they will easily vote for someone else. If Strange's poll numbers continue to be bad, he may still switch races.

2:18:00 PM  
Blogger PoliSciZac said...

If Sellers is as capable and shrewed as many say he is, then his talents could be put to much better use than Kay Ivey's campaign manager.

5:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sellers is really a behind the scenes guy. But he's effective at beating incumbents. Just ask Perry Hooper Jr. and Sharon Yates! Sellers helped both David Grimes and Tommy Bryan beat entrenched incumbents with lots more money that the challenger. Kay Ivey and Sellers have been close friends for years and she credits him with her win against Steven Black.

6:28:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have yet to see what those on this blog have against Attorney General Troy King. I have seen juvenile attacks about his character but nothing substantial. I think he has done a great job. He pushed for and helped pass the Open Meetings law, he helped pass the psuedoephedrine law that is cutting into the domestic production of Meth, he lead the charge to update our sex offender laws, and now he has brought legislation to crack down on child pornographers and those who keep children in meth houses. As far as legislation goes, it seems he has done Alabama a great service. And from what I hear, insiders think he is a lock to win the AG's office and Dems are not even taking a serious look at this race.

9:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

While Troy King may have reduced the flow of meth, he obviously couldn't keep this last poster from finding some.

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

Why will Troy King lose?
Let me count the ways:
1. He supported California's medical Mary Jane law.

2. He thinks certain felons in jail should be able to vote.

3. He has allowed the expansion of gambling.

4. His legal opinions have been overruled at least 4 times by the Alabama Supreme Court.

5. He has hired notorious trial lawyer Jerry Beasley to sue drug companies in Alabama.

All of the positive things cited by the previous poster involve legislation. King ain't in the legislature so he couldn't pass a bill if his life depended on it. He is supposed to be the State's lawyer, but no one can list any significant legal accomplishments from King!

11:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Troy King is like former democrat U.S. Senator John Glenn. He hasn't done one thing on earth.

11:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Robert E. Lowder, Jr. said...

While listing the many failures of Boy King above, the poster faile to mention his biggest blunder: backing Bobby Lowder inexplicably in his battle to stay on the AU Board of Trustees unril the Second Coming.

12:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thats because boy king is hip pocket material for jack miller, lowder and mcgregor.

8:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

King has got to go. Is there any way to convince Sellers or one of these other possible candidates to enter the AG's race? Alabama needs someone who is a real lawyer as attorney general. Is that asking too much? A practicing lawyer as the State's chief lawyer? With real qualifications and a track record of achievement?

10:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Zac: your anti-Riley bias is showing again. It's getting easier to spot on this blog with each passing week. Go on, admit it, and change the name of this blog to something that really reflects your political beliefs. This site isn't "non-partisan" at all.

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