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Alabama: R.I.P. Tim Baer

The Birmingham News reports: Former Alabama Republican Party Executive Director Tim Baer, a plainspoken political operative who helped the GOP take over the state s appellate courts, died over the weekend.

Mr. Baer, who was born near Buffalo, N.Y., and reared in Pompano Beach, Fla., had called Birmingham home since 1985. He was 57.

While he was the state GOP s executive director for a time - first getting the job in 1997 - Mr. Baer also worked as director of field operations for the Business Council of Alabama, where his job included raising money for the group s political action committee, Progress PAC. He also was an aide to former Probate Judge Mark Gaines, where one of his jobs was to oversee Jefferson County elections. -- Former Alabama Republican Party Executive Director Tim Baer dies at the age of 57- al.com

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