Someone’s going to get an early Christmas/Hanukkah/Solstice gift, and let’s hope it’s Alabama. We have a chance to swap seat-warming Senator Luther Strange for someone who will actually be an advocate for the state. The primary is set for August 15, the runoff (if necessary) for Sept. 26, and the general election is December 12.
Seriously: how can a guy who bragged as state Attorney General that he got to “go to work every day and think up ways to sue President Obama,” now sit in the Senate with any sort of credibility? His fellow senators have to wonder who’s next on Big Luther’s Lawsuit List.
We all have to wonder what bizarre twist of fate landed Luther in the Senate in the first place. If it was a payoff from former Governor Bentley to back off the corruption investigation, it was surely a temporary victory for both men. Just how inured to corruption are Alabama Republican voters? We’ll find out this year.
There are other things to consider:
- Money. Even in Alabama, a contested Senate race is a breathtakingly expensive thing, so expect it to be flowing freely during the Republican primary. Will it impact legislative fundraising for Republican candidates in the 2018? We can only hope?
- Who’s running in the GOP primary? We have a total cast of true “characters” likely to be lusting mightily for a national stage: self-promoting Jim Zeigler; self-important Roy Moore; self-deluded Perry Hooper; and many more.
- Who’s running in the Democratic primary? Former Senate candidate Ron Crumpton is interested in the race. Several legislators might prefer Washington DC to Montgomery. AND, there’s a whole new crop of newcomers who have contacted local Democratic party chairs looking for information and advice about running for office.
- The Democratic Party – both national and state. Will the national party blow us off like they have for decades, or is Perez really committed to the 50-State Strategy? Will the Alabama Democratic Party do, well… anything?
The best part about this election is that it’s going to give the new volunteers who have flooded into local Democratic parties, Indivisible chapters, and other new progressive groups the opportunity to gain campaign experience ahead of the 2018 cycle. Let’s see if this surge of enthusiasm is as real and long-lasting as it appears.
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