I believe Troy King will defeat Luther Strange in the Attorney General’s race. I was rather amused that Luther tried to inject my name into this race when he claimed I had endorsed Troy which was a false charge. As all of our readers know, I made the statement in the last issue that Alabama voters would have to decide between a “prosecutor” and a “lobbyist” and I still believe that will be their choice on June 1st when folks go to the polls. From all accounts Luther has been backed heavily by the oil and drug industries, each of whom were mighty unhappy with Troy’s filing suits on behalf of Alabama taxpayers.
Frankly, I just don’t believe Alabama voters will elect a Washington lobbyist who is closely tied to the oil industry as Attorney General. But I can certainly understand why the oil and drug industries don’t want Troy back in office. That’s not hard to figure out – Troy had the courage to take on these politically powerful corporations in a court of law. I can also understand why the powerful oil companies badly want Big Luther, with his big oil ties, to replace Troy because of the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.
It’s very obvious that the three Democratic candidates for Attorney General have had difficulty raising campaign funds. James Anderson had some unusual – but very good – television ads and those may have pushed him into the lead. Frankly, I have no clue which of the other two candidates – Michele Nicrossi and Giles Perkins – will make the run-off. This is a race in which all of the candidates are very good ones and that’s most unusual in any race. I have known James Anderson since he was a star basketball player at Huntingdon College and we have been very good friends over the years. I believe he would make a very good Attorney General. If I weren’t Artur Davis’ campaign chairman, I would actually support James’ candidacy and that’s no reflection on the other candidates. I just know him better and have a great deal of respect for him. By the way, James is a “defense lawyer” for what it’s worth.
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