In case you had forgotten that, check this excerpt from Matt Towery's book (via Political Insider):
As Towery reveals, “Zell didn’t want to hurt Bush. In fact, he thought a third-party effort might move more moderate Democrats away from Bush’s opponent … His real motivation was to push for a whole set of issues he thought the national Democrats had abandoned. That included his initiative to see the so-called ‘Black Belt’ - an area of the South that is predominantly African-American and has been stuck in poverty for generations - receive almost a ‘Marshall Plan’ degree of assistance to pull folks out of the trap of poverty, poor health care, and substandard education.” [emphasis added - bk]Can you imagine the folks in charge of the state house going for that sort of plan? Or our GOP House delegation? That is grade-A, old school liberal populism. Now, I'm not saying that Zell didn't go off the deep end in 2004, or that he is still a Democrat in any realistic fashion. I'm just saying that he did a lot of good stuff over the years, and that I can't help but feel a little respect for a guy who wanted to talk about the Black Belt and poverty in 2004. Heck, even John Edwards didn't go as far as proposing a Marshall Plan for poor, rural, Southern blacks.
FWIW, I always thought that if Mark Taylor had run as Huey Long he would have done a lot better against Perdue.