The two races for seats on the High Court in the GOP primary were most interesting. Justice Tom Parker was said by the experts to have no chance of being reelected. I understand the Business Council of Alabama, and the group known as AVALA, hand-picked Eric Johnston to run against Justice Parker. Most of the political experts let it be known to the world that Eric would win the race easily. But with the support of Tea Party groups around the state, and his conservative base, Parker won without a run-off.
In the other race, Justice Mike Bolin defeated Dothan lawyer Tracy Carey, a lifelong Republican and a good man, by labeling him a “trial lawyer.” That was the sole message of Bolin’s heavy television ad campaign. Most folks never got to know Tracy – a military veteran, a family man, a strong Christian, and a very good lawyer. As a result, he lost the race and probably never even had a chance to win once the Bolin attacks started on television. Both Bolin and Parker will face strong Democratic opposition in the fall. The word on the street is that Bolin, if reelected, will run for Chief Justice in 2012.
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