Political analyst: Billboard & state road project money spat is political theater with more acts to come

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – We haven’t heard the end of the spat over a billboard on Highway 72 in Huntsville, according to WHNT News 19’s political analyst, Jess Brown.

Brown said his knees buckled when he saw the billboard that’s now been seen around the state. He called it all “political theater.”

“I knew the moment I saw the billboard the governor would have smoke coming out of his ears,” said Brown.

He hypothesized Senator Bill Holtzclaw may have been trying to bump up his name recognition with his roadside statement.

Brown said now, one of two things will happen.

“Either Senator Holtzclaw will find a way to choose the right words to apologize to the governor, or Senator Holtzclaw will see a personal political benefit to this and he will continue to fight.”

Either way, Brown says he doesn’t think the move to pull funding from two huge road projects in north Alabama will stick. That’s because one of those projects is in State Representative Mac McCutcheon’s district.

“He has very good relationships with the governor and something tells me he will build a bridge, the right kind of bridge, and then the road projects will be restored,” said Brown.

But he says retaliation may come in other forms.  “Remember that a lot of grants, a lot of grant money that come to units of local government have to flow through the governor’s office first.

So, watch for more acts to come in this political drama.

WHNT News 19 reached out to McCutcheon for comment, but did not hear back.

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