Based on recent polling, it doesn’t appear that Gov. Robert Bentley is in any sort of trouble at this juncture. There simply hasn’t been a great deal of interest in the race so far. Even though I strongly disagree with the Governor’s stand on the Medicaid issue, I believe overall that he has done a very good job as chief executive. Governor Bentley inherited a state in deep financial trouble, with some other very serious problems, and has worked hard to head things in the right direction. Unless something drastic happens that will directly affect his office, I believe Gov. Bentley will get a second term.
Lt. Governor’s Race
The Alabama Lt. Governor’s race has attracted no attention as far as I can tell. The race for the state’s second highest office has definitely been under the radar screen. I doubt that many Alabamians could even name the candidates in this race without a score card. That’s most interesting considering the race includes the current occupant of the office and a challenger who served in the state legislature. An expected low voter turnout could make the race closer than most experts are predicting that it will be.
Attorney General’s Race
The race for Attorney General appears to be the most competitive of all the statewide races at this juncture. The incumbent, Luther Strange, doesn’t appear to be taking anything for granted. His opponent, Joe Hubbard, the Democratic nominee, will be well-financed and has already been on television with what appears to be fairly heavy buys. His approach thus far has been to attack Luther and sources tell me the attacks will intensify.
I really haven’t heard very much at all about the legislative races in Alabama so far. Perhaps things will pick up in a few of the races fairly soon. There could be some developments totally outside the campaigns that could have an effect on some of the races. But since I don’t put any stock in rumors – and what the infamous “they say” – I have to say, I discount that possibility. I don’t see any real changes in either chamber next year. Interestingly, the anti-Obama themes that the GOP operatives enjoy using could actually backfire on their candidates. It could motivate Democratic voters to turn out on Election Day.
Senator Billy Beasley Deserves Another Term
I am going to mention one legislative race and it’s one in which I have a personal interest. It involves my brother Billy Beasley, who has served with distinction in the Alabama Legislature for a number of years. He served three terms in the House of Representatives and was elected to the Senate in 2010. Billy represents the people in Senate District 28, and he deserves a second term. While I admit that I am biased, I can say without reservation that Billy has done a truly outstanding job during his time in the House and Senate. He works hard for the folks who sent him to Montgomery to represent them. I believe that his record will assure his reelection. I predict my little brother will get a second term in the Senate.
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