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Will he eat his words?

By Chris Peeks June 19, 2023

Throughout history, politicians have made bold statements. Grandstanding is just part of the game. And if you're going to play it, you must play it right. If done correctly, tough talk can have a profound effect. It can fire up the base and mobilize supporters. If not used appropriately, it can have dire consequences.

When dealing with other campaigns, elected officials have to be careful. If they are going to cast their lot with a particular candidate, they better make sure they know what they are doing. I would always advise against this. To quote Young Boozer, when I asked him about a certain race, he responded, "I never comment on other people's campaigns"—a good bit of wisdom.

With the race for the 2026 GOP  nomination for Governor already in full swing, I wonder if Will Ainsworth's words will come back to haunt him. In 2022 he endorsed Chip Beeker and Jeremy Oden for reelection to the PSC. Two days after securing re-election, they, along with Twinkle Cavanaugh, voted to raise power rates on the citizens of Alabama. They also voted to raise rates three other times that year.

The Lt. Governor backs the PSC members who take money out of the pockets of Alabama citizens through rate increases and the hidden tax. Speaking of taxes, he also helped lower the amount of a proposed tax rebate for Alabamians despite an all-time intake in tax revenue. He has chosen to line up with the big mules instead of the people.

George Bush's infamous line, "Read my lips, no new taxes," came back to bite him in 1992. Will the Ainsworth endorsement back fire on him? Time will tell. You can bet his would-be opponents are watching. I would not let him off the hook. Rest assured; they won't either.

Chris Peeks

Reporter and Columnist

Alabama Political Contributor

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