Throw the Bums Out?

Wow!  Yesterday’s municipal elections were more exciting than I expected.  I literally almost, almost, forgot to vote.

As of this morning, it appears that seven incumbent mayors were booted out of office, including Homewood Mayor Barry McCulley.  McCulley, a three-term incumbent, had his fanny kicked, garnering only 28% of the vote against City Councilor Scott McBrayer.  Two others on the City Council were also voted out.

I know my friend Alabama Moderate is happy to see that Argo got rid if its incumbent mayor as well.  Results for my little burg aren’t available at the searchable site, but we already have a new mayor are here.

4 Responses to “Throw the Bums Out?”

  1. Almod says:

    I’m doing cartwheels, actually. And as always, there’s a long story behind that election.

    First off… The new mayor is the same mayor who got voted out in the last election, but after Butch Glenn (who seems to have issues with letting people vote), I think a ham sandwich could have won in a landslide. Two incumbents stayed, but only because they ran against two others that we wanted out. In short, there were four incumbents (including the mayor) that we wanted out. All of them were defeated quite soundly, but then I’m sure nothing less could be expected when you have four people who act so brazenly against the wishes of the people they’re supposed to represent. (The two councilmen that we kept ended up somewhat redeeming themselves by going against the remaining council and mayor in regard to the money pit we are told will be our new municipal complex.)

    Considering the history behind the new mayor and two incumbents, we’re still keeping an eye on them. I’m willing to give them a shot, but I don’t trust them just yet. Well, I never completely trust any politician, really. My hope is that the fact that the people of Argo showed that they could and would vote out any nonsense sent a very clear message to the new mayor and council.

    My biggest concern right now is what the sitting council and mayor might do with their time left in office. With this group, there’s no telling. And I regret that I didn’t bring my camera with me to vote. I have some serious legal questions about the incumbents who campaigned together and their proximity to the polling location yesterday. Even if they were technically as far away as needed, they were still close enough to encounter on your way to vote. Not to mention, their vehicles were taking up a good deal of the available parking. I’ll be speaking with some lawmakers about the law and if it can be modified (if needed) to prevent this in the future.

  2. Don says:

    I’ve been wondering what Almod has been doing for the past few months. It’s good to hear from her again. I wonder if she might return to blogging anytime soon because her blog was another one (besides Kathy’s, of course) that I looked forward to visiting every day. I’m glad she was pleased with the results of the Argo election.

  3. Kathy says:

    I’m glad you stopped by too, ALMod!

  4. Almod says:

    Good grief, guys! It’s not like I’ve disappeared off the face of the earth!

    In all seriousness, I just don’t have the time and energy these days, but I have been considering trying to get the prominent Alabama bloggers together on a big collaborative project in addition to our own blogs. That would definitely take some of the fuss out of it for a lot of us, and I’m hoping that it would earn us a little more notoriety in the media world.

    I’ll probably resume blogging soon, but not as a political blogger. I’ve been reading “Give Me the Booger” and I thought of doing something similar for my own site.

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