Bob Riley is not going to be happy. The Commission voted today to hold a special election on February 5, the same day as the state’s presidential primaries, to replace Birmingham Mayor-Elect Larry Langford. Riley maintains that he has the authority to appoint Langford’s replacement, despite a Jefferson County law that mandates a special election. He’s already been slapped down for trying this in Mobile. What’s the point of going back to court?
Danny has more background here. Pop some popcorn and get comfy, folks. Unless Riley concedes, this is going to be an expensive mess for the taxpayers of Alabama.