The GOP's Rising Star?
While our focus was on the exciting (to us, at least) mayoral runoffs in Tuscaloosa and Mobile, we missed an interesting profile of Attorney General Troy King.
The Birmingham News has a mostly positive piece about newly appointed Attorney General Troy King. The article doesn't gloss over his unimpressive 2002 race for Secretary of State, his penchant for publicity-seeking, or his incendiary college editorials. But the picture it paints is of a largely earnest conservative who seems committed to furthering the policies in which he believes.
Troy King is not without his political challenges though. His personal and professional connections with trial lawyers make some of his fellow partisans nervous which could result in a competitive primary. Conversely, the Dems are salivating at taking back the AG's office after 12 long years in the wilderness. And the Democrats may well have found their dream candidate in longtime Mobile County DA John Tyson, Jr. Tyson has an impeccable law and order reputation and his Mobile base poses electoral problems for Republicans.
Troy King is by no means assured a full term as attorney general. But if he is able to successfully navigate the potential political minefield before him to a 2006 victory, then he will be the Republican's fastest rising star, on track for a not too distant run for governor or senate.