By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
Sunday, Republican gubernatorial candidate Stacy George announced that his book, “Corruption in the Heart of Dixie,” should come out in November.
Commissioner George said in a statement, “Our goal is to complete my book by November of 2017 and do book signings through the remainder of the year.”
George said, “I have been completing my book with the help of Charles Woodall and Karen Brewster George. We are expanding the introduction and we are going to make people think about politics from a local level to a statewide level. The book will challenge you to compare all other candidates in the race on what they have done.”
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey announced last week that she was running for a term as governor.
George made Gov. Ivey’s age an issue, “Born October 15th. 1944 in Camden, Alabama. Governor Ivey is about to campaign for a full term to continue as Governor of Alabama. Governor Ivey will have two more birthdays before she takes office as Governor assuming she wins. She would take office at 74 years of age. I will also have, lord willing, two more birthdays and I will just turn 50 years of age.”
If elected, Gov. Ivey would be older at the start of her first full term than former Gov. Robert Bentley (R) was when he resigned, making Ivey the governor last April. Ivey is the same age as Bob Riley. George C. Wallace, when inaugurated into his fourth term as governor at 63, was more than ten years younger than Ivey.
George said, “You see this election could have a lasting effect that Montgomery insiders understand oh too well. If Governor Ivey is elected she can serve a full term or not. Then as long as Montgomery insiders pick the right Lt. Governor then that person could serve if she decides to resign. You see right now we have no Lt. Governor and Senator Marsh is actually serving as Senate Pro Tem and Lt. Governor. What happens in this election cycle for Governor/Lt. Governor could set the course for the next 15 or 16 years. We cannot let the Montgomery establishment dictate our course.”
Stacy George and state Auditor Jim Zeigler (R) both filed the complaints with the Alabama Ethics Commission that ultimately led to Bentley resigning.
Stacy George currently works for the Alabama Corrections system.
George ran against Gov. Bentley in the 2014 Republican primary.
There are a number of other declared candidates for governor including: Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle, state Senator Bill Hightower, R-Mobile, Jefferson County Commissioner David Carrington (R), Birmingham area evangelist Scott Dawson, Birmingham area businessman Josh Jones, former Supreme Court Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb, same-sex marriage advocate Christopher Countryman and Camp Administrator Mark Johnston, with more candidates still expected to enter the race.
The 2018 major party primaries will be on June 5, 2018.