2nd District Runoff Race Turns Ugly Over Taxes

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The runoff for the Republican nomination for the 2nd Congressional District is heating up as the two candidates spar over GOP Gov. Bob Riley's long ago defeated plan to raise taxes.

State Sen. Harri Anne Smith of Slocomb began running a radio ad Friday that paints her as the anti-tax candidate in the race. The ad suggests runoff opponent state Rep. Jay Love of Montgomery is soft on taxes because he voted for some parts of Riley's 2003 plan to raise taxes by more than $1 billion.

Alabama voters rejected Riley's tax plan by a more than two-to-one margin in September 2003.

Love led second-place finisher Smith by 13 percent in the June 3 primary, but did not get enough votes to avoid a runoff. The winner will face the Democratic nomineee, Montgomery Mayor Bobby Bright, in the Nov. 3 general election.

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