Democratic Congressional candidate Steve Raby went on broadcast TV Friday morning with this spot.
Raby and Republican Mo Brooks face off in November to see who will succeed Parker Griffith (the Democrat-turned-Republican) in the 5th Congressional District seat.
There always seem to be more items to write about than there is time for writing about them. Let’s run through a few that may be undeservedly overlooked.
- Alabamian at Red State Diaries holds out for the belief that Alabama really can be good at everything, not just football. Football season is upon us and this is timely reading. I’d be interested to know what you think about it.
- Internal polling for Republican Mo Brooks shows him with a double digit lead over Democrat Steve Raby in the race to succeed Congressman Parker Griffith (D turned R) in AL 05.
- Democratic Supreme Court challenger Mac Parsons has received a second donation from a Republican Supreme Court Justice, this time Champ Lyons. Parsons is challenging Republican incumbent Tom Parker. (Lyons also gave to Democrat Rhonda Chambers’ campaign for the Supreme Court.)
- Karl Rove has endorsed Republican PSC candidate Terry Dunn in his campaign against Democratic incumbent Susan Parker.
All for now…
I meant to mention this in the previous post…
The NBC News Political Unit at First Read listed the Field of 64 on Friday, the 64 House seats most likely to change parties in the November elections. The 2nd Congressional District currently held by Democrat Bobby Bright is 35th on the list. The 5th Congressional District currently held by Republican Parker Griffith is 56th.
As mentioned before, Bright faces Republican Martha Roby in November. Griffith was defeated in the primary by Mo Brooks, who faces Democratic nominee Steve Raby.
The executive committee of ALFA’s Farm-PAC met yesterday and approved the recommendations for endorsements made last week by its Farm-PAC advisory trustees.
In addition to the ones you already saw here at the Parlor in a sneak peek*, ALFA’s Farm-PAC also endorsed:
CD 5 – Steve Raby (D)
CD 7 – Terri Sewell (D)
Secretary of State – Beth Chapman (R)
State Auditor – Sam Shaw (R)
State Treasurer – Young Boozer (R)
ALFA’s Farm-PAC had already endorsed our incumbents in Washington, Supreme Court Justices Mike Bolin and Tom Parker, Supreme Court candidate Kelli Wise in Place 1, and Tommy Bryan in his re-election bid to the Court of Civil Appeals. Of those, Bobby Bright in Congressional District 2 is the only Democrat.
No endorsement was made in the governor’s race between Robert Bentley (R) and Ron Sparks (D).
See the ALFA announcement here.
*Kay Ivey (R) for Lt. Governor, Luther Strange (R) for AG, John McMillan (R) for Commissioner of Agriculture & Industries, Jan Cook (D) for PSC Place 1, and Susan Parker (D) for PSC Place 2 were noted here last week as receiving the recommendation for endorsement from ALFA’s Farm-PAC advisory trustees.
I have seen little mention of a fairly noteworthy story coming out of the primary elections: Alabama is poised to elect a woman to Congress for the first time in a regular election. Two women from Alabama served briefly in Congress after the deaths of their husbands who held the seat; one of them was elected in a special election.
Terri Sewell and Shelia Smoot are in a runoff for the Democratic nomination for the 7th Congressional District seat vacated by Artur Davis. One of them will almost certainly be elected in the fall as the district leans left enough that the seat is considered to be safe for Democrats. (If one of the two men in the GOP runoff, Don Chamberlain or Chris Salter, wins the seat in November, we will have an even bigger story.)
In addition, Martha Roby finished first in the race for the Republican nomination in CD-5 and faces Rick Barber in a run-off. The winner faces Democratic incumbent Bobby Bright, meaning that we could have the potential to send the first two women from the state to Congress via a regular election.
Back to the CD-7 race… Sewell yesterday released a polling summary showing that an Anzalone-Liszt poll done for her campaign had her leading Smoot by 20 points, 53% to 33%. See the memo here in .pdf form.
On the subject of Alabama women and Congress… Elizabeth Bullock Andrews was elected to the 3rd Congressional District in a 1972 special election to succeed her husband George Andrews who died in office. She served 10 months and did not seek re-election. Maryon Pittman Allen served a few months in the U.S. Senate in 1978 when her husband Jim Allen died while holding the seat; she lost the nomination to Donald Stewart when she ran for the seat herself. Faye Baggiano was the Democratic nominee for CD-2 in 1990 and lost to Republican incumbent Bill Dickinson.
Related… see also the story a couple of weeks back from Tommy Stevenson of the Tuscaloosa News, “Alabama’s first black female member of Congress?”
Last week, radio host Dale Jackson laid out the case that Congressman Parker Griffith bought the endorsement of Jim Gilchrist of the Minuteman Project.
Flashpoint and Politico follow-up on Jackson’s story.
And to Republicans staking out a hard line on immigration, his endorsement is the gold standard…
But Republicans in Griffith’s Huntsville district and in one other state say support for a border fence and stepped-up deportation aren’t enough to win Gilchrist’s endorsement: They also were told bluntly that they would need to hire a consulting firm closely linked to the Minuteman founder and run by the project’s political director, Mississippi political consultant Howie Morgan.
Griffith faces Mo Brooks and Les Phillip in the Republican primary for the AL-05 seat.
Update: A commenter offer this link to a Huntsville Times article on the story.
Les Phillip, Republican candidate for Alabama’s 5th Congressional District, gets tough on President Obama and touts his conservative bona fides in this vivid ad*.
Phillip’s website touts a favorite comment about the ad from Jim Geraghty of the National Review Online: “This ad for Alabama House candidate Les Phillip makes Alabama agriculture commissioner candidate Dale Peterson look like a squish.”
Phillip is racing in the GOP primary against Mo Brooks and incumbent Parker Griffith.
* The photo of Obama with the cigarette reportedly was removed from the ad.
Chris Cillizza of The Fix at WashingtonPost.com looks at the winners and losers from primary elections last night in Pennsylvania, Oregon, Arkansas and Kentucky, and he sees an Alabama connection on the list of the evening’s losers:
Parker Griffith: The Alabama party switcher — Democrat to Republican — has to be fretting about his political future after seeing what happened to Specter. Griffith will make his first race as a Republican in the June 1 primary and, already, there are some political strategists who believe Griffith might not win 50 percent — forcing a one-on-one runoff that could pose major problems for him. Switching parties, as Specter’s loss reminds us, is extremely perilous politically. Your new party is deeply skeptical about your commitment to their causes and, in Specter’s case, has spent close to a generation trying to beat you. And, in an election cycle like this where voters have their authenticity meters turned WAY up, a party switch typifies many of the traits that voters detest in politicians.
Check out the whole article here.
Democrat Taze Shepard has an ad airing in the 5th Congressional District that plays up the worst of primary rival Steve Raby’s past political associations. (Decent look-alike in the ad, btw.)
Speaking of associations, was Shepard at one time disassociating himself from this web version of the ad? This version doesn’t contain his picture with the spoken words “I’m Taze Shepard and I approve this ad” like it does on the broadcast version. Also, you can see a red label has been put on the web version of the ad that covers the words indicating that the Taze Shepard campaign paid for it. A day or so after this version circulated on the web, the campaign provided the broadcast TV version to the Left in Alabama site.
Democrat Steve Raby is running this ad on broadcast TV in his bid to unseat Democrat-turned-Republican Parker Griffith in Alabama’s 5th Congressional District.
Republican Les Phillip, candidate for the 5th Congressional District, is on cable TV in Huntsville with this spot. No indications from this perspective that his campaign has yet found traction in a tough primary against incumbent Parker Griffith and Mo Brooks, a long-time Republican standard-bearer for the area.
The GOP nominee will face the winner of the Democratic primary race with Mitchell Howie, David Maker, Steve Raby, and Taze Shepard.
Speaking of the 5th Congressional District, as we were…
I have meant to pass along here that the site Swing State Project concluded last week that AL-05 candidate Steve Raby is one of four Democratic challengers in the nation to raise more money than the incumbent opponent (former Dem Parker Griffith in this case) in the last most recent fundraising reports covering the first quarter of 2010.
Said Raby in a released statement:
I am proud of our fundraising effort. My message is simple; this election is not about politics and name calling. This election is about which candidate has the experience to serve in Congress and best protect the interest of North Alabama. I believe this support reflects my years of service to North Alabama, not only for my work with Senator Howell Heflin but also for years of working with state and local officials, and with Congress, on economic development projects to create jobs across the Tennessee Valley.
See the whole statement here in .pdf format.
Republican Congressman Parker Griffith navigates tricky waters: running a negative ad criticizing how negative his primary opponent Mo Brooks has been in the race for AL-05.
The ad has been on broadcast TV since yesterday.
The Mo Brooks campaign released this detailed response (below), which is well and good, but it’s not a TV ad.
Continue reading “Parker Griffith Ad Makes It Personal”
Democratic Congressional Candidate Steve Raby begins airing a TV spot in the 5th Congressional District this week.
At a 5:30 campaign rally in Huntsville this evening, Democratic Congressional candidate Steve Raby welcomed the endorsements of former Congressman Ronnie Flippo, the family of the late Congressman Bob Jones, Jr., and the family of the late U.S. Sen. Howell Heflin.
Said Raby in a statement released by the campaign (pdf):
I learned from them all. I worked closely with Congressman Flippo and I was mentored by Senator Heflin. Their lesson to me: Now is the time to tone down the political rhetoric and step up the public service. As I meet with people across North Alabama, they make it clear that they want a Congressman working to create jobs, not speaking in political words, blaming others and making excuses. People in the Tennessee Valley want a Congressman to help us continue our proud tradition of supporting our nation’s soldiers and continuing America’s pursuits of manned space flight. I will fight for the issues that matter to people, not fight to get on Fox News and score political points.
See the entire statement (.pdf) here.