Former Ag Commissioner May Run For Office

A familiar name in Alabama politics is considering a comeback. Former state Agriculture Commissioner Charles Bishop says he might run for lieutenant governor in 2006.

Bishop says several people have encouraged him to run. He says if he decides to seek office in 2006 it will be as a Republican. If Bishop runs, he could end up in a crowded Republican primary. Madison County Commissioner Mo Brooks says he's definitely running.

State labor commissioner Jim Bennett has said he's considering it. State Representative Mike Hubbard of Auburn, former Supreme Court Justice Terry Butts of Luverne, and former state Representative Perry Hooper Junior of Montgomery have said the same thing.

The 67-year-old Jasper businessman said that if he runs for lieutenant governor he would not use the office as a stepping stone to run for governor.