by Jonathan Lee Krohn and Ryan Grim DOTHAN, ALABAMA — The day after Doug Jones won the Democratic nomination for Senate, Dr. Joe Reed sat down to share his thoughts on the race with The Intercept. Reed, head of the Alabama Democratic Conference, is largely seen as the de facto leader of the Alabama Democratic Party, as most of the state executive committee is either an ally or member of the ADC.
He is, in many ways, the last true black party boss in the South. But the way Reed sees it, if a Democrat like Jones wants to win the Alabama Senate seat, he can’t rely on black votes, he has to do his own work in the white areas.
“He’s gonna have to campaign in white folks’ districts himself,” Reed said. As if on cue, his flip phone rang.
It was Doug Jones, calling to pay his respects.