Oct 26, 2009

Wrong man selected for panel vacancy

Democrats in Mobile County Alabama needed a member to serve on an interim party panel.

They nominated Reynolds Smith Jr. He was known to be a stalwart Democrat so how could they go wrong?

Only one problem. Mr. Smith died the previous November at age 83.

They received Smith's name from a 2006 list of candidates for the Mobile County committee and then used a voter list to verify him as an active voter.

Next time they’ll check the obituaries to avoid nominating a dead man.