Monday, June 22, 2009

News from Alabama: Democratic power players still searching for gubernatorial candidates

We have the same problem here in Georgia:

Some Democrats do not ap pear to be happy with their current choices for governor even though one has been elected overwhelmingly statewide and the other is considered a rising star in the party.

Some are recruiting opposition to U.S. Rep. Artur Davis, D-Birmingham, and Agriculture Commissioner Ron Sparks.

Rumors, some of which have been confirmed, have been floating for weeks about power brokers in the Alabama Democratic Party approaching various Democrats about running for governor in 2010. Some people appeared to begin searching the minute Lt. Gov. Jim Folsom Jr. said he was running again for his current seat and not governor.

The next day, powerful state Sen. Roger Bedford said he was considering a run for governor and said some people, including members of the State Democratic Executive Committee, had encouraged him to enter the race. He later decided to run again for his Senate seat.

Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb also has confirmed that she has been approached about running for the top spot on the Democratic ticket. She has said she is torn between running for governor and remaining the chief administrator for the state's court system.

On Wednesday, Montgomery County Circuit Judge Charles Price told The Associated Press that members of the black wing of the state Democratic Party, the Alabama Democratic Conference, visited him and encouraged him to consider running for governor. The judge said he has not made a decision.

So the hunt for another notable Democratic candidate continues.

Some would interpret the recruiting effort as a slap in the face to Sparks and to Davis, a Montgomery native.

The current candidates have let it be known they are not out to win a popularity contest with special interest groups in Montgomery. They want to be a candidate of the electorate.

Some Democrats seem to have concerns about the electability of the current candidates and believe Davis, who is trying to become Alabama's first black governor, would be a detriment to the rest of the party's ticket.

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