The Alabama Farmers' Federation PAC (Farm-PAC) announced its primary endorsements today. The list is most interesting for the races with no endorsements:
5th Congressional District - Parker Griffith gets ignored again!
Alabama's Governor's race - no endorsement at all of any Democrat or Republican.
Now, this last one has to be a kick in the teeth to Ron Sparks. From what I've seen, he's been so close to ALFA's leadership that when they sneeze, he's the one holding the tissue. It's really shocking that they declined to endorse not just Sparks, but anybody for governor.
If this means there's been a split or disagreement between Sparks and ALFA, I think that's a great thing. This is not a progressive organization by any stretch of the imagination.
It was a big proponent of the misleadingly-labeled Alabama Farm Preservation Act, which was really a corporate hog farm protection bill. And ALFA has been a strong opponent of tax reform and Constitution reform, preferring Alabama's current system that favors large property owners and out of state timber companies at the expense of everyone else.
"I think ALFA in particular is trying to cast constitutional reform as nothing more than a tax-raising measure," said Mary Weidler, a policy analyst with the low-income advocacy group Alabama Arise.
If Sparks doesn't have to worry about placating ALFA, he has some running room to take more progressive stands on taxes, Constitutional Reform, and environmental protection.
On the flip is ALFA's full endorsement list. btw... they're endorsing Troy King for Attorney General, so I guess actual qualifications for the job aren't an issue for ALFA.