The Democratic Party in Alabama these days is little more than a rumor.
Democrats hold no statewide offices. Republicans hold supermajorities in both the state House of Representatives and Senate. The GOP has held the governor’s office for four straight terms and the state’s last Democratic governor was just released from prison.
The heartbeat of the Democratic Party in Alabama is, indeed, faint.
What can Anthony Daniels do to change any of that? Or maybe a more appropriate question: Who is Anthony Daniels?
He’s a state representative from Huntsville, a Democratic who was chosen by his colleagues in the House to be their minority leader.
He’s inexperienced – first elected in 2014, no current Democrat has spent less time in the House than Daniels. At 34, he’s the youngest House minority leader in modern state history.