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Thursday, April 2, 2009

Davis camp launches preemptive strike against Sparks

The gubernatorial campaign of U.S. Rep. Artur Davis, D-Birmingham, sent out an e-mail Thursday criticizing possible opponent and current Agriculture Commissioner Ron Sparks.
Sparks has events planned for several locations in the state including Montgomery on Friday and is expected to announce whether he is running for governor or lieutenant governor. Sparks has said he would not run against Jim Folsom Jr. and Folsom said on Wednesday that he is running for reelection.
The Davis e-mail sent out quotes from articles with Sparks talking about how he wishes he could run for agriculture commissioner again and about him considering runs for U.S. Senate, governor and lieutenant governor.
The e-mail included quotes from Sparks stating he would not run for U.S. Senate because he did not want to divide the Democratic Party.
“While we would never presume to be sure what Commissioner Sparks will do, if he should enter the governor’s race, we look forward to hearing from him why his previous concerns about dividing the party have disappeared," Davis campaign spokesperson Anna Ruth Williams said in the statement. "We do note that Mr. Sparks does seem sure of two things, that he wants to hold on to a good government job and that desire is now more important to him than unifying the Democratic Party.”

-- posted by Sebastian Kitchen

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