State Senator Harri Anne Smith (R – Slocomb) was kind enough to stop by for a few words in the Political Parlor.
The word we hear is that you are running for governor.
Well, you know, I was very interested last time. I am definitely interested this time. But, I have not made a final decision yet.
I understand that you have hired people to help with you this.
I have a consultant, yes.
For the 2010 governor’s race?
Well, it’s the same consultant that I used in my Senate race. But I am not ready to commit [to the governor's race] yet. I mean, I would love to do it. I would make a great governor.
What other names do you expect to see in the governor’s race on the Republican side?
You probably hear the same names I do. No one is saying that they will commit yet. No one is making a decision, and so I would hate to speculate.
You have been mentioned as a possible candidate for state treasurer.
Treasurer is also something I would consider. People say, “You know you could do that because of your background.” And I could. I could do that because of my banking experience. I think my choice would be to stay in the Senate as opposed to run for Treasurer, if I decided not to run for governor.
I enjoy the Senate. You know this is my third term. The first time I beat an incumbent [Chip Bailey] that had been there over 20 years. The second time I ran unopposed. This time I won with about 76% of the vote [over Democrat Ronnie Helms]. So I think and hope people believe I’m doing a good job for them.
Would you run for Terry Everett’s seat [representing Alabama's 2nd Congressional District in Washington] if he retired?
You know, that is just not my interest. I love Alabama. I love being here. I don’t think I would.
I think Everett will run again. I think he is not ready to retire. He hasn’t talked about about retiring.
In the course of the conversation about the governor’s race, she said that she expected she would need 4 to 7 million dollars for the primary race.
Nice to have her in the Parlor.