Governor Ivey and the Abuse of Power by Taxpayer Tom

A vacancy in District 6 of the Madison County Commission was created on October 25, 2017 when Commissioner Bob Harrison died. His untimely demise came less than one year after he was reelected to another four year term in November 2016. It was a sad note just as primary election campaigns were picking up speed with the start of the January 9 to February 8 primary ballot qualification period looming just 75 days ahead.

The governor of Alabama has the authority and responsibility to fill county commission vacancies, a responsibility Governor Ivey met after 135 days on March 9 by appointing Huntsville police Captain JesHenry Malone, a Democrat.

Because  the filing period closed a month before the appointment, this commission seat will not be on the general election ballot until November 2020. Had Governor Ivey taken less than 107 days and filled the vacancy before the filing period closed, the seat would have been voted on in the June primary and November 2018 general elections.

By Ivey’s way, her appointee serves for nearly three years rather than only one, and the voters are denied the opportunity to decide whom they might have wanted for the last two years of the term after this year’s general election. By waiting 135 days, Ivey effectively disenfranchised the voters of Madison County Commission District 6. That Ivey appointed a Democrat does not matter. Alabama is a republic and in a republic we ask voters to tolerate appointments to vacancies in elected offices only for the shortest practical time.

And it is not that Ivey cannot act fast when she wants to. It took her only two weeks in January to fill a vacancy on the Alabama Supreme Court, an obviously more weighty decision, a decision that has allowed her appointee to run as an incumbent in this year’s primary.

An honorable person would have made the county commission appointment before the filing period began and allowed the people to vote for this position in the 2018 primary and general elections just as they will do for her supreme court appointee.

Shame on Kay Ivey for expanding executive power and stealing power from the people. Happily, she did not appoint a Republican who would have to share her shame.

Ivey wants to be the GOP nominee for governor and will on be the Republican primary ballot on June 5. This is a privilege she is not worthy of. She should not even be on the GOP ballot because supporting a Democrat to take an elective office is an act of disloyalty worthy of being denied ballot access.

And not wanting her to be elected is a view is shared by others. On March 10, in a Tennessee Valley Republican Club straw poll, Ivey got only 2 of the 56 votes cast (and it was not because this was in Tommy Battle’s backyard, he got only 8 votes).

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