David Doss, the former chairman of the State Transportation Board, announced this afternoon that he’ll run for the state Senate – in an open, Republican-leaning district created by this summer’s redistricting.
Doss, who is also the former chairman of the Floyd County Commission, declared his familial ties to the seat. From the press release:
“ I chose today to make this announcement on the occasion of my father’s 84th birthday. My Dad served the 52nd District with distinction from 1968 to 1979, and as a young boy, I often watched with great respect as the State Senate went about their business.
“But much has changed over the past 40 years in the State Senate and the public’s confidence and trust of this great institution has slowly eroded. Gone are the statesmen who placed principle over politics; who placed the needs of their district ahead of party politics; who believed in cooperation rather than stalemate; and those who adhered to a strong code of ethical conduct.”
Doss’ presence in the Senate would be, er, interesting. When his name was last spoken in the chamber, in 2009, state Sen. Preston Smith, R-Rome, was accusing Doss of bullying him into voting against a bill that stripped power from the DOT board. Smith’s charge was backed by Senate President pro tem Tommie Williams, R-Lyons.
Smith produced a highly edited e-mail exchange that, when the whole string came to light, did more harm to Smith than to Doss.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider