Presley’s Campaign Funds Could Be Trouble
Of the fourteen regional and statewide offices (eight statewide office holders plus six transportation commissioners and public service commissioners), there will be a total of two incumbent Democrats in 2011.
One of those men is Attorney General Jim Hood and Northern District Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley is the other. Presley, a former Nettleton mayor, has been regarded as a ‘rising star’ of sorts within the Democratic Party since winning election in 2007. Whether than it by default or for good reason can be debated, but he was considered a potential statewide candidate on the Democratic side. It looks like he is running for a second term on the PSC instead.
But Presley’s campaign finance numbers indicate that he may be vulnerable this fall. His 2010 report showed a very respectable $39,000 raised but he spent more than $43,000 and is sitting on less than $300 as he gets ready for re-election. Those are dangerously low numbers for any incumbent; although I know of no Republican who has announced their candidacy yet.