Cheney visit provides some fodder for Baxley campaign
If Lt. Gov. Lucy Baxley is to have any chance at all of overcoming Gov. Bob Riley's lead in the governor's race, she's got to develop her strategy of pitting rich Alabamians against working folks.
That's what she attempted to do Monday to counter Vice President Dick Cheney's visit to Dothan, in her home county, to help the governor raise $250,000. At $5,000 per couple, Ms. Baxley retorted that most of the county's residents couldn't even think about attending the event.
And she's right.
With the popularity of the administration taking a beating in national polls, Ms. Baxley needs to pound on the widening gap between the rich and the rest of the people. Talking about a $5,000-a-couple private dinner with the vice president helps make the point.
But she's got to do more. Ms. Baxley's primary campaign lacked vitality and focus. To win in November, she must link the governor to the hot-button issues like high oil prices, Washington corruption, the war, and immigration when he brings in administration people to help him campaign.
But for Mr. Riley, a $250,000 check for his campaign is probably worth opening himself to criticism that he's the governor of moneyed interests.