Decision 2006: Former Alabama Governor May Get Back Into Politics

A familiar name in Alabama politics is mulling a possible candidacy. Former Governor Jim Folsom Junior is expected to decide this week if he will run for lieutenant governor in the Democratic primary.

Peck Fox, a close aide to Folsom, said an announcement could come as early as Friday. No Democrat has qualified as yet for the post being vacated by Democratic Lt. Governor Lucy Baxley's race for governor. Four Republicans have qualified: Hilbun Adams of Birmingham; former state Representative Mo Brooks of Huntsville; Luther Strange of Birmingham; and Public Service Commissioner George Wallace Junior.

Folsom, who lives in Cullman, was elected lieutenant governor in 1986 and 1990 and was elevated to the governor's office automatically when Governor Guy Hunt was convicted on an ethics charge and removed from office in 1993. Folsom lost a bid for a full term as governor in 1994 to Republican Fob James.

Courtesy: Alabama Associated Press