By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter
MONTGOMERY—Yesterday, former lawmaker, political writer and media personality Steve Flowers, announced he would not seek election to the office of PSC Commissioner.
“I only considered a race for the State Public Service Commission after the State Ethics Commission confirmed that I could continue my career as Alabama’s leading political columnist and commentator in conjunction with the public service endeavor. However, after contemplation and consultation with editors, readers, viewers and listeners, it is my belief that I will lose credibility and potentially my impartiality as a political journalist if I reenter the political arena as a participant. I much prefer my role as an observer and analyst than as a politician.”
Flowers was easily the most recognizable figure in the PSC race. His Inside the State House, column appears in over 70 publications with a circulation approaching 400,000.
He also hosts a thirty-minute weekly television show seen throughout South Alabama, as well as a weekly radio show heard throughout the State on Public Radio.
“I have decided that my role as a critic, columnist and political historian is one where I can have a greater influence and better serve my state. Therefore, I will not be a candidate for public office at this time,” said Flowers.
Flowers also said he was very grateful to the many people throughout the State who had reached out to support his campaign.