"Not Guilty" Says Siegelman
Through a disgruntled Democrat, I received a copy of an email Siegelman sent to his supporters. You can view the entire text here. I'll excerpt a couple of my favorite parts:
"The prosecutors don't know me but the people of Alabama do. They know me to be honest, hardworking and someone who will never, ever quit."Not to quarrel with Siegelman's assertion, but I doubt that honesty is the predominant characteristic most Alabamians associate with the former governor. He is a tireless worker and campaigner though, you have to give him that.
"Bob Riley is afraid to face me in the General Election."I don't know about that one either. I realize Siegelman's theory is that the investigations are a partisan witchhunt meant to wreck his political career before he can even the score with Bob Riley. But, with the campaign progressing as it is, I think Bob Riley would be relieved to face off with Siegelman in the November.
This letter and Siegelman's strategy as a whole is a pretty standard mix of declarations of innocence and demonizing the prosecutors. It worked well enough for Siegelman during his first trial, but I think the ex-governor might be going to the well one too many times.