News from the Tennessee Valley Opinion
MONDAY, MAY 22, 2006


Republicans hurting for PSC candidates

While the state Republican Party recruited some really impressive candidates for statewide offices this year, they didn't do well in the Public Service Commission Place 2 race.

Two candidates are tarnished former legislators and the third is coming out of retirement at age 77.

Perhaps, Republicans are conceding the seat that George Wallace Jr. is giving up to Morgan County native Susan Parker, one of the two Democratic candidates.

Ms. Parker's primary election opposition is little-known Prattville antique dealer Debbie Murphree. She said dealing with antiques makes her suitable for the rate-making agency.

The Republican candidates are former 19-year state Rep. Perry O. Hooper Jr., of Montgomery, John Amari, who served in the Legislature for 20 years, and Jack Hornady, who served on the PSC staff for 18 years before retiring eight years ago.

Mr. Hornady has more than an edge over his opponents in knowing how the PSC works. He also carries none of the political baggage that negatively affects the former legislators.

For that reason, THE DAILY recommends Jack Hornady in the Republican June primary.

For the Democrats, Susan Parker is clearly the best choice. During her term at state auditor from 1998-2002, she tackled many difficult problems in updating the office and making it function as it should.

Voters won't find any questionable campaign funds coming her way, nor will they see her favoring utilities at the expense of consumers as a PSC member.

The commission needs smart, honest, well-educated members. She's those things.

THE DAILY recommends Susan Parker for the Democratic nomination for Place 2 on the Public Service Commission in the June primary.

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