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  1. Republicans and Democrats Respond to Potential Parker Griffith Gubernatorial Campaign

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    Former Congressman Parker Griffith could be ramping up for a gubernatorial campaign, WHNT News 19 reported earlier today. Griffith was elected to the US House as a Democrat in 2008 before running for reelection unsuccessfully as a Republican in 2010 and again in 2012.

    “The Alabama Democratic Party recently voted to reinstate Griffith” indicating that the candidate’s party-switching days may not yet be finished, according to WHNT.

    Although the candidacy has not yet been confirmed, Griffith’s history of party-switching has already soured some on his potential campaign. A Democratic operative with Alabama connections called the choice questionable.

    “He’s a blind opportunist who stands for nothing but himself. He’s Artur Davis without a single idea,” he told Sweet Home Politics. “It’s just reflective of how desperate the state of affairs at the Alabama Democratic Party is that they’d be willing to welcome him back to challenge Gov. Bentley. A lot of insiders and well-connected operators are clamoring for a Bentley alternative — Republicans and Democrats — yet somehow the Democrats manage to pick the one person reviled perhaps more than any other politician in recent Alabama memory.”

    Some have also speculated on the interesting potential battle between Bentley and Griffith, both trained doctors.

    “Dr. Bentley is widely popular and has a very high approval rating,” a Republican insider in Montgomery told Sweet Home Politics. “If he can manage to make this a one-issue race about Medicaid expansion, this could become an interesting race. It would put two medical doctors on opposite sides of that issue.”

    Griffith would join a strikingly empty field of Democratic candidates. Currently, Kevin Bass, a Fayette businessman and former minor league baseball player, is the only other Democratic candidate that has been announced.

    The filing deadline to qualify for the gubernatorial election is Friday, Feb. 7.

  2. A Battle for Governor?

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    Will Republican Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle decide to take on incumbent Gov. Robert Bentley in the Republican primary?

    As reported by AL.com, Mayor Battle will make his announcement tomorrow. Battle’s former mayoral campaign website, www.tommybattle.com, has been made-over into a splash page that screams, as if it is for a statewide campaign, “Moving Alabama Forward.”

    Note, it says “Alabama” forward, and not “Huntsville.” But why would Battle take on Bentley?

    Sources close to Battle suggest strongly it is to increase his name recognition for a future 2018 bid for Governor. Battle raised almost $90,000 at a November fundraiser, but that’s still a drop in the bucket to the $746,000 Gov. Bentley raised in December.

    Though our sources kept quiet on Battle’s actual decision, if he does decide to run he will be the only serious challenger (as of yet) to take on Bentley. That would certainly provide him a unique opportunity to increase his statewide name recognition and setup a future run for office.

    Will we have a Battle for Governor on our hands? Tomorrow should hold the answer.

  3. Steve Flowers Expected to Enter PSC Race This Week

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    Former State Representative Steve Flowers is expected to announce later this week that he is a candidate for the Public Service Commission seat currently held by Terry Dunn. As part of his announcement, Flowers, a former Democrat, will announce that he will run as a Republican.

    While serving in the state legislature, Flowers was voted by his peers as the Most Ethical Member of the House and as the Most Outstanding Members of the House of Representatives.

    Sources close to Flowers suggest that he will continue to write his weekly newspaper column throughout the campaign, which is syndicated amongst more than 70 Alabama newspapers.

  4. Deborah Bell Paseur to Challenge Lynn Greer in Alabama’s 2nd House District

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    Sources familiar with Alabama Democratic Party politics tell SHP that former judge Deborah Bell Paseur is expected to challenge Republican incumbent Lynn Greer for the Alabama House of Representatives District 2 seat.

    Sources have further suggested that the announcement should come within the next two weeks.

    Paseur unsuccessfully ran for a seat on the Alabama Supreme Court in 2008, losing to Republican Greg Shaw. Together, the two candidates spent almost $4 million, with a conservative-interest group from Virginia spending nearly $1 million attacking Paseur.

    Paseur formerly served as District Court Judge in Lauderdale County from 1981 until 2008.