Mobile’s alternative newspaper Lagniappe comes out on Thursdays and I grabbed a copy after we dropped off the kids @ school. The two best pieces concerned the upcoming special election to fill Jeff Sessions’ U.S. Senate seat.
The first item that I liked was a profile of all of the candidates for the seat. It’s hard to keep up with whose hat is the ring. The second item was Rob Holbert’s “Damn the Torpedoes” column. Holbert always has a strong opinion on current events & this week’s column is no different.
Holbert takes Alabama’s Luther Strange to the woodshed for attempting to portray himself as an advocate the little person. Strange was appointed to Sessions’ seat by disgraced “Love Guv” Robert Bentley. Strange was Alabama’s Attorney General at the time and was supposed to be investigating the malfeasance that eventually forced Bentley to resign. Instead, Luther did nothing about the investigation but did ask Bentley to appoint him to Sessions’ seat. Bentley obliged. Now, Strange wants the voters to allow him to keep the seat.
Holbert’s column is as scathing as it is funny. He criticizes the claims in Strange’s campaign ads. Particularly damning is the ads’ inclusion of fake newspaper clips from a nonexistent newspaper called The Valley Times. Of course, all of the fake clips give the impression that the newspapers love Big Luther.
The column is here and well worth a look –