Well-Funded Republican Shelby Cruising to 5th Term

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - The question really isn't whether Sen. Richard Shelby will win a fifth term against a political rookie this year - it's how much power he'll have the day after the election.

Shelby will likely become chairman of the Appropriations Committee if Republicans win control of the Senate in the midterm vote. Political scientist Mark Griffith says that would put Shelby in position to direct vast amounts of money to Alabama.

Shelby faces Democrat William Barnes, a Birmingham attorney making his first bid for elective office, in the general election.

The incumbent Republican doesn't seem worried about his re-election prospects. Despite having some $17 million in his campaign account, Shelby has done little active campaigning aside from billboards.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Joey Location: dothan on Oct 4, 2010 at 03:05 PM
    Mr Shelby should retire. He is now a washington insider and has made a career out of politics. If you like the high employment then vote party lines like you always have. If you would like to see our constitution restored, vote out ALL incumbents.
  • by Lisa Location: Tuscalooa on Oct 3, 2010 at 08:52 PM
    What good is all the pork if it only goes to the same corporations that has built his 17 million dollar campaign warchest? He voted NO to extend unemployment. NO to pay teeachers, police officers. Firefighters, state workers, NO to extend medicare, NO to student loan overhaul, NO to every bill that can help the regular people. YES to sending our jobs overseas. YES to cutting rich taxes again... Wake up Alabama. He's become so powerful, he no longer needs us. That's why he's not worried about his 5th term. I know Barnes. He IS the Peoples Candidate. Give him a chance.
  • by Thomas Location: Dothan on Oct 3, 2010 at 06:49 PM
    We dont want him to direct money to Alabama I want him to cut spending! I called his office and told the SOB that business as usual is not going to work. He is not a conservative he he is a republican, not even close toe the same. Hes too old and a more conservative person should be our senator.
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