First, he bungled an attempt to inoculate himself against an expected indictment. Instead of clearing the air about his upcoming legal problems, he somehow wound up attacking Lucy Baxley's chromosomes. Then he had to apologize. Siegelman pal Redding Pitt then interjected with an obscene email to a journalist.
Now, Don Siegelman has to see his name linked with Alabama's guiltiest innocent man Richard Scrushy. I didn't follow the Scrushy ordeal that closely, but I know enough to know that no aspiring governor wants to see his name linked with the HealthSouth mess.
Siegelman's defense is of the "I was just doing my job" variety:
"I am always glad to recommend Alabama companies, that was part of my job, to encourage companies that I brought to Alabama to use Alabama companies like BE&K, Harbert, Blue Cross Blue Shield and HealthSouth."It doesn't sound like Siegelman really did anything untoward here, but read the details and decide for yourself.
I am afraid, though, that if Don Siegelman doesn't stop letting his name get dragged into all these legal matters, Alabama voters might start to think he's a little shady.