Most of the talk since Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox announced he’s considering a run for governor has focused on whether he can win as a Democrat in a deep red state. I’ve got an equally important question: Can a decent, honest public servant win in a state where pandering campaign tactics work so well?

Because I do not see Walt Maddox engaging in that nonsense.

Or let’s put it this way: Can Maddox win without going to a gun range, cameras in tow, and brag about how much he loves the Second Amendment? Because, let’s face it: That plays well but doesn’t create jobs or put food on an Alabama family’s table.

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