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Giles Perkins Wins New South Endorsement for Runoff

by: mooncat

Wed Jun 16, 2010 at 08:53:23 AM CDT


Yes, there is a statewide runoff on the Democratic side and it's an important one:  Giles Perkins vs. James Anderson for Attorney General.  Perkins goes into the runoff with the endorsement of the Alabama New South Coalition (who previously endorsed third place finisher Michel Nicrosi.) which he says can be a game changer.

We can win.  I write to ask you to help me raise the money I need for the runoff, 4 weeks from today.  ANY amount is helpful.  Please go to www.perkinsforalabama.com to donate.  I thank you for your support.

Perkins needs to hold his own voters and pick up those who supported Nicrosi on June 1 -- of which I am one.  More important, he needs to get voters to participate in the Democratic primary, on July 13 instead of meddling in the Republican runoff.  And yes, he does need resources to pull this off, so please send him a contribution -- any amount will be helpful. 

Although he was Executive Director of the Alabama Democratic Party back in 1998, Giles Perkins is definitely positioned as an outsider this year -- which I view as a good thing.  The day after the primary the ADP put out a press release noting (emphasis mine) that "James Anderson and Giles Perkins may possible face off once more for the nomination in a July 13 run-off election" which I took to mean "we really need Perkins to just get the hell out of the way and give Anderson a clear field."  Didn't happen, which is how the Democratic process is supposed to work.

 

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He as my vote too! (4.00 / 1)

I voted for Nicrosi in the primary but it was a close call between her and Perkins - for me at least - so I have no problem enthusiastically supporting Giles in the runoff.

Looks like Tim James may be out of luck on the GOP side, and that removes a lot of incentive for Democrats to cross over. 



"The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness."  - John Kenneth Galbraith




thanks, but no thanks (4.00 / 1)

I was torn between James and Michel in the primary, but I have an easy choice now.  I don't think there's anything particularly un-Democratic about trying to avoid a runoff when the first place candidate pulled 49.6% in the first round.  Alabama law clearly allows for it.

I'm curious if there are any particular reasons you're backing Perkins over Anderson?



It's probably the gambling thing (4.00 / 1)

Troy King has so obviously taken a side on electronic bingo -- a very hot topic -- and I believe the proper role of the Attorney General is to be more impartial.  The bingo controversy isn't going away this year and Giles Perkins doesn't have ties to that industry in any form or fashion.  There is a linkage with Anderson.  I don't want to imply he's done anything wrong because I don't think he has, but I do think it would be better for the people of Alabama to have an AG who doesn't personally have a dog in the bingo fight.

We've had enough political theater on this subject.



Work harder and work smarter!

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I talked with Mr. Perkins at the (4.00 / 2)

Huntsville event when Artur Davis and Ron Sparks had their "debate".

I asked him how he identified himself and he said he was a progressive.  We discussed several specific issues, and he came down on the right side of them as far as I'm concerned.  (Wish I could remember exactly what he said, but that was several weeks ago, and while I'm not as old as Piggieheart, my memory isn't quite up to snuff :) )



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This email ... (4.00 / 1)

is being send out by the Perkins campaign; apparently they don't like mooncat's suggestion:

Giles Perkins for Attorney General Campaign
Take a look at this...
Giles Perkins Attorney General
 
 
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Pol. Ad. by Giles Perkins for Attorney General | PO Box 1536 | Birmingham | AL | 35201



huh? (4.00 / 2)
How does sending it out mean anything other than pointing people to it?

Come join us; you can be a winner too!

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um.. yeah! (4.00 / 1)

Looks like Perkins is a candidate who doesn't mind being discussed in a positive way by bloggers.  That's a big plus for me.

But of course, I was planning to vote for him anyway....

I met him the first time in 2008 at a fundraiser and was impressed then.



"The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness."  - John Kenneth Galbraith




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That's the way I took it (0.00 / 0)
And Giles is a man of few words, apparently.

Work harder and work smarter!

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I like that he's "advertising" LiA! (0.00 / 0)


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Well, how about that? (4.00 / 1)


Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.
- John Adams


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i need to learn ... (4.00 / 1)
to type better.  I meant to say that Giles obviously liked mooncat's suggestion; sorry, Giles.

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anderson (4.00 / 1)
i asked a friend about the runoff between perkins and anderson -- asked because he's an insider with extensive understanding of how the alabama political world works. he said if perkins is a good democrat but if he's the nominee the republicans will knock him out of the water real fast with ads about state party actions he was involved in that werent exactly kosher. i didnt ask for specifics. he said if luther wins we'll have an even flakier weirdo atty gen than troy boy. i asked him about anderson. "he's clean," he said.

Anderson is an insider (0.00 / 0)

And fellow insiders love him.  He may be clean, but he has at least one gambling client and essentially completes the "gambling ticket" for Democrats.  I rather wish our party would put forth something else to run on. 

As for the vague allegations against Perkins dating from 1998, I haven't heard of any wrongdoing, and would just remind you that 1998 is the only time a couple of decades Democrats walked away winners.  They were probably alluding to the Don Siegelman fundraising issues, which you can take or leave, depending on your point of view.



Work harder and work smarter!

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what's the big deal about having a gambling client (0.00 / 0)
he's not running on "gambling" as far as I know. Anderson seems to have a diverse practice of law.



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objective (4.00 / 1)
my sole objective now that the first primary is over is winning -- i trust our nominees to do the best job they can (except the what was it treasurer -- i'm probably skipping that one on the ballot). but i'm looking to and hoping for wins up and down the ballot. gov, congress, legislative spots the whole ticket ... i'm not out to do any nominee or potential nominee in at this stage -- that ended with the first primary. perkins, anderson -- at this stage which one will be able to put on a winning campaign? Both? Either?

Both of these candidates are insiders... (0.00 / 0)

I was a diehard Nicrosi supporter from the beginning but am planning to vote for Anderson now. Anderson is definitely a trial lawyer with connections to AEA and the ADC, but Perkins is a corporate attorney who lives in Mountain Brook and owns five houses. And he was the state party guy, which - to me anyway - is a terrible platform from which to run for a substantial statewide office like AG.

I think he would undoubtedly be weaker in the general (there could be no "I've never been to the Mountain Brook club" ads this time against Big Luther and his history as a corporate attorney would make bashing Strange's history as a lobbyist much less effective).

I liked Nicrosi about 200% better than either one of these candidates but obviously I have to pick one of them who we will have a BP lackey in the AG's office. So I'd rather go with the trial lawyer than the corporate attorney.



*should be... (0.00 / 0)
"or we will have a BP lackey in the AG's office."

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There is not much difference between Anderson and Perkins. (4.00 / 1)
They are both good lawyers. Who really cares whether they are trial or corporate lawyers. They both make a living. I cannot tell you how supportive Perkins has been in other people's races in 08. James is a good friend. In summary, they are both loyal democrats who will support a Democratic administration. They are really both insiders. We can't go wrong with either of these candidates. Who cares where they live! Only bitter, angry, jealous people get caught up with Mountainbrook. If you want your kids to get a good free education, you live in Mountainbrook. If you live in Montgomery, your kids go to private school. There is no difference.

The big question is (4.00 / 1)
What any Democrat will do for the kids whose parents can't afford Mountainbrook or private schools. There are a lot of families like that, and that's the problem we often run up against in trying to make changes like a lottery or the grocery tax -- the folks that need it the most (and, yes, a scholarship lottery is a good thing, but the method of implementation is the question) are often the folks that are the least represented.

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I do not know if we can predict what each candidate will do for the people of the state. (0.00 / 0)
In this case I was just pointing out that these candidates shouldn't be punished or vilified for being lawyers who have made money. I am with you on the grocery tax and everything else you propose. 

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