“Senator: Won’t apologize for racism remark”
by Charles J. Dean
July 19, 2013
While speaking in a Birmingham suburb Tuesday night, state Senator Vivian Davis Figures set off a controversy when an audience member asked her why the Republican Party has become so dominant in Alabama. Figures said that, at its root, the GOP’s dominance stems from racism. Alabama GOP Chairmen Bill Armistead quickly called for an apology, but Figures reiterated her statements.
For the Democratic Party in Alabama, this is all much ado about nothing. As the Register noted earlier this week, the Democrats have no candidates for governor in 2014 and few expect them to make it much of a race. The Democrats do have a couple of credible options – outgoing-U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin and former-Alabama Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb. Figures’ comments will do nothing to bring back the disaffected white voters who left the Alabama Democrats in droves.
I hope that the Democrats mount a credible campaign. Voters in a democracy are supposed to have more than one choice.