Alabama Governor’s Race 2006: Moore v. Riley
Steven Taylor notes that the signs all point to Alabama’s Republican incumbent Governor Bob Riley running for re-election in 2006. His most prominent rival will be ousted Chief Justice Roy Moore, (in)famous for his fight to display the 10 Commandments in various courthouses.
I haven’t seen the polling but I strongly fear Moore will defeat the controversial Riley in the primaries and then go on to an easy win over whichever Democrat wins the nomination. If that happens, it will set Alabama back 30 years in the public estimation and seriously hamper its bids to attract more manufacturing jobs.
Riley did not help matters by springing a wildly unpopular, radical tax redistribution plan on the voters shortly after he came to office. While the plan struck me as a good one, he didn’t even allude to it during his campaign. I simply can’t imagine he would be re-nominated, even if he weren’t facing an incredibly popular figure in Moore.