Wednesday, October 21, 2009

George Wallace III, the Good & the Bad - Part I

We make no secret that our political leanings are conservative; however, that does not mean we are wingnuts or support every candidate who claims the mantle of the Republican Party. One extremely controversial Republican is George Corley Wallace III, a man who styles himself politically as George Wallace Jr.

The Good: Wallace will be speaking to the Shoals Republican Club one week from today. Below is the blurb for the event:

George Wallace Jr. will be the guest speaker at the next Shoals Republican Club meeting on Wednesday, October 28th, 12:00 noon, at Ryan’s Family Steakhouse Restaurant on Cox Creek Parkway in Florence.

George C. Wallace Jr. was born in Eufaula, Alabama, in October 1951 and grew up in a well-known Alabama political family. He is the only son of Governor George Wallace and Governor Lurleen Burns Wallace. Wallace was elected Alabama State Treasurer in 1986 and 1990. After serving two successful terms as Treasurer, he was elected as Alabama Public Service Commissioner, Place 2, in 1998 and 2002.

As State Treasurer, Wallace established a program of cash management refinement procedures resulting in an increase of about $5 million of new revenue per year for Alabama's General Fund and proposed additional refinements in the Treasury's investment policy that continue to generate several million additional dollars for the General Fund. He developed the Linked Deposit Program, a low-interest loan program to assist farmers and small business owners. He initiated and implemented the Wallace Housing Plan, which helped young families buy their first home.

Moreover, Wallace developed the Prepaid Affordable College Tuition Program (PACT), a plan which allows parents, grandparents or other sponsors to make a one-time lump sum payment or periodic payments to guarantee the payment of a child's tuition and mandatory fees at today's fixed prices. Wallace obtained a bachelor's degree in History from Huntingdon College in 1976. He continued his education with graduate work in Political Science and Public Administration at Auburn University at Montgomery. He served both as Director of Financial Aid and Alumni Affairs, as well as Vice-President of Development and Alumni Affairs at Troy State University at Montgomery.

Wallace is the author of The Wallaces of Alabama. He has also received many awards, including the John H. Buchanan Distinguished Service Award for Contributions to Higher Education and the NAACP Freedom Award. The Shoals Republican Club meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month. All meetings of the Shoals Republican Club are open to the public. For more information, contact Buel Springer, 256-766-3461, or

Tomorrow: George Wallace III - The Bad