Sunday, January 30, 2005

A 70 percent favorability rating?!?

That's manna for any politician, and that's what Lt. Gov. Lucy Baxley has among Alabama voters, according to a poll published in today's Mobile Register. The poll also found Baxley with a 14-percentage-point lead over former Gov. Don Siegelman in a hypothetical Democratic gubernatorial primary.

The poll shows Siegelman faces an uphill battle if he hopes to recover politically from his criminal indictment last year and the uncertainty that still swirls around him due to a continuing criminal investigation in Montgomery. The public perception of Siegelman, rightly or not, is that he oversaw an administration chock-full of scandal and underhanded activities, and television attack ads would shred him in a general-election race.

As I've said before, Democrats would be wise to nominate Baxley in 2006. More polls like the one published today might make that outcome inevitable.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

At this point, I'm on the "Anybody-but-Moore" bandwagon. Go Lucy Baxley. Onward brave, Bob Riley. March on, Don Siegelman. Go get 'em, George Wallace.

-WN

12:22 AM  
Blogger Nick Beadle said...

Uh... roll tide?

12:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

With Alabama as red as it is (in more ways than one), I don't know of many high-profile Dems in the state other than Baxley and Siegelman, and since Baxley's record seems to be a bit less tarnished than Siegelman's (An understatement, perhaps?), and with most polls being in her favor, the state Democratic Party would be wise to pick her for the 2006 race. Riley and Sandman will have to get into gear if they want to beat Baxley and her pony ("Buttercup," perhaps?).

For Republican horses, votes are as good as oats!

J.B.G.

1:55 AM  
Blogger Alabamian said...

Paul Hubbert is another high-profile Democrat who might make a run, but he's damaged goods because of his 1990 loss to Guy Hunt and the public's continuing resentment that Hubbert and his Alabama Education Association call most of the shots behind the scenes in Montgomery. Former Alabama Power CEO Elmer Harris is another option, but he's been recruited by groups from both parties and he's at a disadvantage when it comes to name recognition.

U.S. Rep. Artur Davis, D-Birmingham, is a wild card, but I don't think he's quite ready yet for a gubernatorial run, and sadly, I'm not sure if Alabamians are quite ready yet to elect a black governor. He's definitely near the top of the watch list for 2010 or 2014.

11:20 AM  

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