If his sister's name was Fred, she'd be his brother. That was the message this morning from Bill Gibbons' farewell-to-the-governor's-race news conference. If only elections were held before anyone aired TV ads or printed bumper stickers or planted yard signs or did much of anything else, he'd make one helluva candidate!
My name identification in my home community is well over 90 percent. and what the polling showed, again without other candidates coming in and spending a lot on media, but just if the election was held today, based on that name ID and the job that I have and the public perception that I'm doing a pretty good job, if the election was today, I would have won about 70 percent of the vote in Shelby County. I mean, it would have been a landslide.
Too bad for Gibbons this is the real world. Like too many politicians with Jupiter-sized egos, it took the Shelby County DA a long time to figure out that, when no one is giving you money, that means no one thinks you can win.
"Today, I am withdrawing from the race for governor for one reason and one reason only," he said, "and that is lack of sufficient campaign funds to go forward."