Speaking of the Birmingham mayor’s race…
Richard Arrington apparently will not find out if the once-formidable Citizens’ Coalition could propel him into the mayor’s office again, telling the Birmingham News that he will not run. Many public figures are not self-aware enough to know when their time has come and gone. Is he an exception?
There has been talk here and there of the the Citizens’ Coalition reclaiming its glory days, but it hasn’t really had a meaningful presence since before William Bell, Arrington’s handpicked successor, lost the Birmingham mayor’s race to Bernard Kincaid in 1999.
In light of Arrington’s successors (Bell as an interim, micro-manager Bernard Kincaid, convicted felon Larry Langford), does Arrington look better now to Birmingham residents than he did when he left office?