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In John Archibald’s Birmingham News column today, he says that neither Ron Sparks nor Robert Bentley are equipped to serve as governor.
I’ve said for awhile now in discussions with friends that this is the first time in awhile during a governor’s race that no one seems genuinely excited to vote for someone.
In 2006, I saw passionate voters arguing the issues for and against both Bob Riley and Lucy Baxley. In 2002, the race between Riley and Don Siegelman looked like it was the Alabama version of the 2000 presidential election – it was so close, we didn’t know the real winner on election night.
This year, it seems most are shrugging their shoulders and saying “meh.”
But always, as the election gets closer, the crazier side of Alabama politics comes out. Now, a former member of the Birmingham City Council is trying to get Bentley removed from the Nov. 2 ballot, alleging he violated the state’s Fair Campaign Practices Act with his newly-discovered links to the Alabama Education Association. This all goes back to the runoff between him and Bradley Byrne in the primaries.
This has the potential to get more interesting, depending on how the attorney general’s office handles the complaint.
So there’s that new development, and then there’s this: Alabama Senator Hank Sanders recorded a campaign phone call saying this:
Hello this is Hank Sanders, Alabama state senator, and I’m still mad as hell. I say hell no! I ain’t going back to the cotton fields of Jim Crow days. I’m going forward with Ron Sparks, Jim Folsom and others who will do right by all of us. I hope you are mad as hell and will not go back. You have the power to choose. I will stand until hell freezes over for Ron Sparks for governor and Jim Folsom for lieutenant governor on November the second.
No matter who you may be supporting on Nov. 2, does anyone really believe that Robert Bentley and Kay Ivey plan to send people “back to the cotton fields” or institute separate water fountains?
That’s probably not the best way to have an informed electorate or elevate the political discourse, Senator.
And here’s some bingo news: Bob Riley seeks bingo crackdown at Alabama’s Indian casinos.