A few weeks ago a coalition of business and agricultural groups, which calls itself the Alabama Civil Justice Reform Committee, endorsed Eric Johnston of Birmingham for Place 3 on the Alabama Supreme Court. Eric faces incumbent Tom Parker and Elmore County Assistant District Attorney James Houts in the Republican primary. Committee Chairman Tom Dart called Eric a strong conservative. Most observers felt this was a rather interesting comment, especially since Tom Parker has been a real Republican, who is as conservative as they come. Tom has the credentials to back up that assessment. Since I have known Eric mostly as a lobbyist, I really had forgotten that he was a lawyer. In fact, I have donated financially to his lobby group for a good while and that had nothing to do with his being a lawyer. Based on polling numbers, I believe the outcome of the race between Tom and Eric will depend largely on whom the Tea Party groups like best of the two and at this point that person clearly appears to be Tom Parker.
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