Archive for November, 2005

November 30, 2005

Old Fob James had a quixotic political personality. When he was out of the Governor’s office he showed a tremendous yearning to get back. The proof is he sought the office in 1986 and lost in the Democratic primary and lost again in 1990 in the primary. However, he came back and won in 1994 […]

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November 23, 2005

When Guy Hunt won the Governor’s race over Bill Baxley in 1986 it was well publicized that he was a part-time Primitive Baptist preacher. He was also billed as a part-time Amway salesman. These common man vocations appealed to the average Alabama voter. It was Hunt’s calling as a Baptist preacher which resonated warmly with […]

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November 16, 2005

When Guy Hunt took office as the first Republican Governor in January of 1987 not much was expected of him. After all, he had been elected only because of the backlash resulting from the handpicking of Bill Baxley over Charlie Graddick by the Democratic Party leadership. Very few people voted for Hunt because they thought […]

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November 09, 2005

The 1986 Governor’s race will be remembered as amazing a story as the 1978 Fob James miracle run where Fob put away the Three B’s, Brewer, Beasley and Baxley. Brewer and Beasley had been permanently exiled to Bucks Pocket, the mythical destination for defeated Alabama gubernatorial candidates. However, Bill Baxley resurrected his political career by […]

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November 02, 2005

As George Wallace presumably faded into the sunset, Fob James took the reigns of Alabama state government in January of 1979. Fob’s inauguration was a somewhat strange event as Alabamians were used to a Wallace being sworn in as Governor every fourth January since 1958. It had been 20 years since someone other than George […]

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