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Tuberville Punts on Campaign Kickoff

Democrat Walt Maddox won’t rule out a bid.

April 26, 2017, 10:19 a.m.

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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