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By Chip Drago
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About 40-50 supporters of Democratic candidate for attorney general Michel Nicrosi Thursday afternoon gathered in the courtyard at the downtown Mobile office of criminal defense lawyer Dennis Knizley for a fund raiser. Attendees, according to Knizley, represented law enforcement, the medical community, former federal and state prosecutors, the civil bar, but mostly the criminal bar.

"A $250 contribution was requested on the invitation, and the donation basket had plenty of envelopes in it," Knizley reported. "I do not know how much was raised. A similar function was held at the Brutkiewicz law firm the previous evening."

Formerly an assistant U.S. Attorney here, Nicrosi will vie in the June 1 party primary with Montgomery lawyer James Anderson and ex-state party executive director Giles Perkins for the AG nomination. 

Fostering support
Democratic candidate for district attorney Don Foster Thursday told members of the Mobile County Democratic executive committee that he would stack his experience as a former U.S. Attorney here against that of either of the prospective GOP nominees.

Foster, 63, served for six years during the administrations of President Bill Clinton as U.S. Attorney here. He will face either assistant Mobile County District Attorney Ashley Rich or Mark Erwin, former GOP chairman and Saraland municipal judge, in the general election in November.

Foster, more than 20 years the senior of whomever the GOP nominates, said he was at the stage in his career where public service held great appeal. Also, he said he would like to work with law enforcement again. He is at a point where public service is important to him and that he wants to get back to working with law enforcement. 

Tea party time
Five Tea Party events in south Alabama Thursday were big successes, according to Pete Riehm of the Common Sense Campaign.

Riehm reported attendance as follows:


In Mobile, the "crowd grew and peaked about noon," said Riehm, adding that turnout was even stronger in Daphne, "pushing 600."

Although a final count wasn't in, CSC enrolled 200 or so new members, lifting the organization to more than 1,000 dues-paying members since its inception eight months ago. Internet traffic is booming as well, said Riehm.

CSC is now "focusing on candidate vetting" with an eye toward endorsements before the June 1 party primaries, said Riehm.

More Cowbell
Morgan Creek Vineyards will sponsor a fund raiser for GOP gubernatorial candidate Bradley Byrne Saturday, April 24 at 5 p.m. in Harpersville east of Birmingham.

Admission is $20 individual/$30 couple. "More Cowbell," a local southern rock band, will perform.
A spectacular fireworks display will conclude the evening.

For more information, contact Charles Brammer:
charles@morgancreekwinery.com or (205) 966-1421.

A Rich dinner
A $25 per person barbecue dinner/fund raiser is scheduled Tuesday, April 20 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Inca Grand Hall at 3556 Halls Mill Road in the GOP campaign of Ashley Rich for district attorney. The casual event will feature barbecue pork and all the trimmings and a cash bar (beer, $2; wine, $3). For more information email ashleyrichda@gmail.com.

Rich and Mark Erwin vie in the June 1 primary for the GOP nomination to face Democrat Don Foster in November.

Bonner, Bentley top ESRW card
GOP political candidates Dr. Robert Bentley and U.S. Rep. Jo Bonner will address the Eastern Shore Republican Women luncheon meeting Monday, April 19 at 11:30 a.m. at the Fairhope Yacht Club. Guests and prospective members are welcome. Lunch is $16.  Reservations should be made by Thursday, April 15 to Lucy Sundbeck, lhsundbeck@aol.com or call 929-0081.

Bentley, a state legislator from Tuscaloosa, is running for governor. Bonner is seeking re-election to Congress.

Coming up
Scheduled to speak to the Knollwood Republican
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The club meets at Gordon Oaks Retirement Community at 3159 Knollwood Drive, Building B Dining Room at 2 p.m.

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