Former Eagle editor tapped for Graddick campaign
by Special to the Eagle
Aug 14, 2011 | 2402 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Mobile Presiding Court Judge Charlie Graddick, who leads the race for chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, has selected Skip Tucker of Montgomery as director of campaign communications. Tucker was editor, editorial page editor and assistant publisher at the Daily Mountain Eagle, where he worked from 1972 to 1982.

Tucker recently retired from the helm of Alabama Voters Against Lawsuit Abuse after the Alabama Legislature passed new laws last session against lawsuit abuse.

“Skip and I go back a long way,” Graddick said, “and I am happy to welcome him to the Graddick team. We are running to win, and Skip Tucker is the best choice to help us get out our message of continued conservatism flavored with independence, justice and Alabama values.”

A recent poll by Dresner,Wickers, Barber, Sanders of San Francisco showed Graddick with a huge lead over other potential candidates for the chief justice chair. The survey showed Graddick with 65 percent name recognition and a 3 to 1 positive ratio.

“I am excited about this race,” Tucker said. “Charlie Graddick is a man of absolute integrity. His record reflects his dedication to a level court playing field, which is what I sought for 15 years at AVALA. He will make an excellent chief justice for all Alabamians.”

Tucker began his career as editor/assistant publisher at the Daily Mountain Eagle, then became press secretary for Graddick’s unsuccessful gubernatorial bid in 1986. He also served as Gov. Jim Folsom’s deputy press secretary before becoming executive director of AVALA in 1996.

Tucker is originally from Eldridge and is married to the former Lissa Astilla of New Orleans. They have one son, Jeb, who is 7.