Former Auburn football coach Tommy Tuberville (R) “will not run.” (Inside Alabama Politics)
“Tuberville cited several factors that led him to the conclusion to not pursue the nomination including a possible legal battle over his established residency in Alabama and family concerns over him being in the state-wide spotlight in a different fashion.”
“Tuberville confirmed on March 31 he has received a $100,000 bank loan specifically for his gubernatorial campaign but stressed that was ‘just procedural because you’re not allowed to raise money for the governor race until June 5th’.” (Montgomery Advertiser)
Tuberville in an interview with SiriusXM also praised Gov. Kay Ivey (R), who has not announced if she’ll run for a full term in 2018.
Tuberville: “She’s going to be a very good governor. She’s going to be the governor for a year-and-a-half. I know a lot of her staff. She has a strong staff. I think she is going to do an excellent job. So it made my decision probably a little bit easier knowing I think this is going to work out with the Lietuenant Governor moving in. … I said all along if I felt somebody could do a better job than me, heck, I’d vote for them.” (AL.com)
YOU MAD(DOX)? Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox (D) “is considering a run for Alabama governor, he announced … [d]uring an interview with ‘The Steve Shannon Morning Show’ on 95.3 The Bear in Tuscaloosa.”
Maddox: “It’s not a no. It’s certainly not a no. … For me, over the next few months, I’ve got to look at three things. Number one, can your family take on a statewide campaign? That is tremendous to say the least on your family. Number two, if you win, can you govern? And number three, can you win? … It’s so humbling to get a lot of consideration, a lot of people encouraging you to do this, but you want to do it the right way.” (AL.com)
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